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Misty C. Thomas, Esq. | Executive Director

Emily N. Tatro, Esq. | Deputy Director  

Jeff C. CapleyOffice Administrator  



MISTY THOMAS joined CCE in July 2018. As the Executive Director, Ms. Thomas brings her years of experience representing indigent clients in both civil and criminal matters in the District and directing two legal reform non-profit organizations, to further CCE’s vital mission to enhance D.C.’s justice system and ensure that all people who rely on our courts and government are served fairly and effectively.     

Prior to joining CCE, Ms. Thomas served as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, which focuses on research, education, and policy advocacy related to capital punishment and other criminal justice issues. She previously was a senior Affordable Housing Initiative attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, where she represented homeless individuals and low-income tenants in cases to preserving their access to housing or shelter, and advocated to government agencies for more effective affordable housing laws and regulations in the District. Ms. Thomas also worked at Howrey LLP as the firm’s Pro Bono Fellow, where she represented indigent clients in a wide range of criminal and civil cases and supported the pro bono practices of other lawyers at the firm. Prior to law school, she served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which works to correct and prevent the wrongful conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

 

Ms. Thomas holds a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and where she has taught as an adjunct professor of law.  

  

EMILY TATRO joined CCE in 2015. As Deputy Director, she provides leadership to ensure that CCE remains a respected, independent voice in the District of Columbia’s justice system. Ms. Tatro partners with the board of directors, staff, and others to achieve programmatic and financial objectives that align with the short- and long-term goals specified in CCE’s strategic plan.

Prior to her appointment to this role, Ms. Tatro, a Georgetown University law graduate, was CCE’s Senior Policy Counsel. In that capacity, she worked extensively with the Criminal Justice Committee, which develops and implements projects to address the most pressing issues in the District of Columbia's criminal justice system. Ms. Tatro led CCE's re-entry initiatives to effect reforms to help people returning from incarceration and their support networks. Through her involvement with various coalitions, Ms. Tatro has monitored developing criminal justice issues to identify opportunities for CCE to effect change.

Prior to joining CCE, Ms. Tatro was the criminal and disability rights fellow for the D.C. Jail and Prison Advocacy Project at Disability Rights D.C., a program of University Legal Services. Previously, she was a teacher in Chicago with Teach for America.

As a volunteer, Ms. Tatro coaches soccer for the Barry Farms Recreation Center girls' team through D.C. Scores. In 2017, Leadership for Educational Equity recognized her with a Public Leaders Fellowship.

JEFF C. CAPLEY joined CCE in 2004. As office administrator, he manages CCE’s day-to-day operations, including facilities and equipment, IT, employee benefits, and finance. He works closely with the executive director to staff the Finance and Executive Committees, playing a key role in creating CCE’s annual budget and coordinating the audit process. Mr. Capley handles logistics for the Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner, board meetings, and CCE's annual Holiday Reception.

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He previously served as manager of donations processing at World Wildlife Fund and assistant manager of donor recruitment for the American Red Cross in Baltimore.

 

Mr. Capley earned his Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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