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Misty C. Thomas, Esq. | Executive Director

Emily N. Tatro, Esq. | Deputy Director  

Casey M. Anderson | Policy Analyst/Development Manager 

Adam J. Bernbaum | Policy Analyst 

Tracy B. Nutall | Policy Counsel 

Jeff C. CapleyOffice Administrator  

 Staff Bios


CASEY M. ANDERSON. As the Policy Analyst/Development Manager, Ms. Anderson assists with the organization’s fundraising efforts, publications, and communications strategy to help CCE achieve its goals and mission. She also serves as the staff leader for the Justice Education committee.

Before joining CCE, Ms. Anderson worked as a Program Associate for The Sentencing Project, where she worked with the research, communications, and advocacy teams on a range of projects. She assisted with research and writing for publications, wrote content for newsletters, and managed social media. Additionally, Ms. Anderson interned with CURE National and supported the ReThink Justice D.C. coalition's with their successful campaign to end the privatization of one of D.C.’s jails. She also participated in Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, & Leadership, a univeristy program where students and incarcerated youth read and analyze Russian literature. Ms. Anderson received her undergraduate degree in Global Studies with a concentration in Security and Justice from The University of Virginia.

ADAM J. BERNBAUM.  As a Policy Analyst, Mr. Bernbaum is the staff leader of the Youth Justice Committee and designs the research methodology for all CCE research projects.

Mr. Bernbaum holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and is a PhD candidate in political science at George Mason University, where he researches the relationship between criminal justice institutions and identity change in America. Mr. Bernbaum has been an instructor, lab leader, and teaching assistant, for various GMU political science courses. His quantitative methodology research areas include regression analysis, multivariate analysis, and text-classification techniques, as well as survey and experiment design. In his free time, Mr. Bernbaum enjoys running and participating in book clubs - he’s always looking for a good book recommendation. 

JEFF C. CAPLEY. As office administrator, Mr. Capley manages CCE's day-to-day opersations, including facilities, 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.

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. 

TRACY BRINKLEY NUTALL. As Policy Counsel, Ms. Nutall works with the Civil Justice Committee to develop projects that will address access to justice-related matters impacting residents of the District of Columbia. She also helps to lead the work of CCE's District Task Force on Jails & Justice.  

Prior to joining CCE, Ms. Nutall was the Executive Assistant to the Greater Washington Managing Principal of Deloitte, LLP. Ms. Nutall also served as Chief Deputy Clerk of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, as well as Executive Assistant to former Chief Judge Eric T. Washington and Law Clerk to Chief Judge Annice M. Wagner (Retired).

Ms. Nutall holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Bowie State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law. 

EMILY TATRO. As Deputy Director, Ms. Tatro 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. Before 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.

misty-thomas-photoMISTY C. THOMAS joined CCE in 2018 as 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 preserve 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 Fellowwhere 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. 


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