Our staff attorneys are valuable sources on many topics of interest to the media. For journalists who wish to speak with an Justice in Aging expert, please call Communications Director Vanessa Barrington at (510) 256-1200.

Those who have worked for Justice in Aging have made a big mark on the world, both before and after their tenure with us. Read more about our notable alumni.

Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director
Kevin Prindiville is Justice in Aging’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefits.

Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He also is quoted often in national and California media. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging.

Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Prindiville worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia where he represented low-income individuals having trouble obtaining health care. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, San Diego. Kevin is admitted to the California Bar.

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Emma Ayers, Digital Media Manager and Grants Manager
Emma joined Justice in Aging in December 2014 and is based in our Oakland, CA office. Emma serves as blog editor for the Justice in Aging blog and assists with all written content for the organization. She also supports the communication team’s overall engagement and social media strategy with a special focus on digital storytelling. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Emma worked as a paralegal in Boise, Idaho. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Puget Sound in 2011 with a B.A. in English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture.

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Vanessa Barrington, Communications Director
Vanessa leads communications efforts for Justice in Aging from the Oakland, CA office. She’s focused on increasing the visibility of Justice in Aging as a national leader in the fight against senior poverty, and amplifying the work of Justice in Aging’s lawyers to defend and broaden access to health care and economic security programs for America’s poor seniors. She oversees all online communications, public relations, social media, fundraising communications, publications, and webinars. She has more than 10 years of communications experience in the advocacy space and has worked on a variety of issues around the environment and food. Most recently she led public relations and editorial strategy for Save The Bay. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

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Catherine Borque, Borchard Foundation Fellow
Catherine Bourque joins Justice in Aging as a 2016-2017 Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging, working with the Health Team in the Washington D.C. office. Catherine’s specific advocacy project will focus on eligibility and other important reforms to Medicare Savings Programs and problems with balance billing practices in Medicare. Catherine previously worked at Greater Boston Legal Services on foreclosure defense as part of a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and at AARP Foundation Litigation with the consumer rights unit. Catherine is a 2014 graduate of American University Washington College of Law and a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney
Georgia directs Justice in Aging’s Oakland Office where she focuses her advocacy on issues affecting people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. With Kevin Prindiville, she co-authored a series of four issue briefs setting out a consumer agenda for changes in the Medicare and Medicaid programs for dual eligibles. She is part of Justice in Aging’s leadership team spearheading stakeholder engagement at the national and state level around the Medicare Medicaid Coordination Office’s launch of demonstration projects in ten states. Her administrative and legislative advocacy have also brought significant changes in Medicare Part D protections for low-income consumers as well as in access to health care programs for people with limited proficiency in English. Georgia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Association of California. She joined Justice in Aging in 2005 after almost 20 years in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Oakland, California, devoted to administrative and legislative advocacy. Georgia is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College.

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Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney
Eric has broad experience in many forms of long-term services and supports (LTSS), including home and community-based services, nursing facility care, and assisted living facilities.  He led Justice in Aging’s extensive research (funded through The Commonwealth Fund) on Medicaid-funded assisted living and currently is leading a project to assist consumer advocacy on Medicaid managed LTSS in Florida and New Jersey.  He counsels attorneys from across the country and co-counsels litigation on consumers’ behalf.  Mr. Carlson serves as President of the national Assisted Living Consumer Alliance and is author of the legal treatise Long-Term Care Advocacy (Matthew Bender and Co.).

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Denny Chan, Staff Attorney
Denny joined Justice in Aging’s Health Care team in February 2014 and is based in Los Angeles, CA., where he works on issues facing dual eligibles in Los Angeles and throughout California. Two major areas of focus include balance billing and health care delivery reform. He previously served as a rotating law clerk for the US District Court in Los Angeles and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Program as a fellow in Macau, China. Denny is a member of the California bar and is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Michigan.

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Jenny Chung Mejia, Senior Staff Attorney
Jenny joined Justice in Aging’s Economic Security team in March 2017 in Los Angeles, CA and works on Supplemental Security Income-related issues. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Jenny spent nearly ten years working on promoting alternative measures of poverty, including the Elder Index, and providing programmatic, organizational, and legal services for nonprofits. During this time, Jenny cultivated and led statewide economic security initiatives comprised of diverse stakeholders. Through her work, Jenny developed and implemented programs and policies that change how funders, public agencies, politicians, service providers, advocates, and the media understand and structure poverty alleviation efforts, and trained hundreds of legal services attorneys on issues impacting nonprofit formation, governance, and activities. Jenny received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with a certificate from the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Katrina Cohens, Program & Communications Associate
Katrina Cohens is based in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office and serves as the Program and Communications Associate. Along with managing the daily operations of the DC office, she also provides communications, financial, and development support. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, she served as a Program Specialist for the Federal Trade Commission. Katrina graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology.

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Amber Christ, Senior Staff Attorney
Amber joined Justice in Aging’s Health Care team in February 2013 and is based in Los Angeles, CA. Amber formerly worked for Legal Aid of Western Missouri as Director of the Medical Legal Partnership at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to taking that position, she worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid focusing primarily on representing clients with Social Security appeals. She also previously worked as a legal intern for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri assisting with Medicaid appeals and as a social worker in a long-term care facility. Amber is admitted to the California, Missouri, and Illinois bars and is a 2006 graduate of Washington University School of Law. She received her BA from Earlham College.

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Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney
Jennifer Goldberg is Directing Attorney of the Justice in Aging Health Team, and is based in the D.C. office. She develops and implements projects and initiatives that improve access to health care and long term services and supports for low-income older adults across the country. Jennifer was recently appointed adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Justice in Aging in 2015, she served as the Director of Advocacy for Elder Law and Health Care at Maryland Legal Aid. Jennifer spent fourteen years in legal services, advocating for low-income older adults on Medicaid, long term care, income security, housing, and consumer issues. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from 2011 – 2015. She has been a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow and Teaching Fellow, and was a law clerk for the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. Jennifer received a JD from Harvard Law School; and a LL.M. in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.

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Fay Gordon, Project Manager, National Center on Law and Elder Rights
Fay joined Justice in Aging’s Health Team in May 2012 and is based in Oakland, CA. Fay is the Project Manager of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). Under a contract with the Administration on Community Living, NCLER provides training, case consultation and technical assistance to the aging and disability network. Fay previously worked in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office, advocating for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Fay was formerly senior public policy associate at Limited to Lindberg, LLC where she worked on aging issues on behalf of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a law clerk with Frank, Frank & Scherr, LLC in Lutherville, MD. Fay is a member of the Maryland bar and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. She received her BA from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Tracey Gronniger, Directing Attorney
Tracey Gronniger is the Directing Attorney for Justice in Aging’s Economic Security team and is based in the Washington, DC office. She spent nearly ten years as a senior staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, in its Bureau of Consumer Protection. While there, she litigated a variety of cases to halt fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices, including actions to stop fake Medicare schemes, government grant scams, and phony business opportunities. She also coordinated the Bureau’s Legal Services Collaboration and Every Community Initiative, which seek to ensure that the agency meets the consumer protection needs of underserved and at risk consumers, including older Americans. In that role she worked with a wide range of legal services organizations and community advocates to identify and address pressing consumer protection issues, and to respond to their needs for relevant training, information, and resources. Tracey received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and graduated from Harvard University.

Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney
Kate joined Justice in Aging’s Income Team in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Washington, DC office and works on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income-related issues. She was formerly staff attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau in Riverdale, MD where she was an advocate for low-income older adults and persons with disabilities. In her previous positions, Kate worked as an attorney at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Bread for the City Legal Clinic in Washington, DC as well as at Doherty, Cella, Keane and Associates, LLP. She has also served as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Northern California. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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Gerald McIntyre, Special Counsel
Gerald has more than 30 years of experience in legal services advocacy. He has worked as a staff attorney at Bronx Legal Services; as Executive Director of Southern Tier Legal Services in Bath, NY; and as a lecturer and staff attorney at Cornell Law School. He joined the staff of Justice in Aging in 1993, and has since provided support and co-counseling to countless legal services and other elder law attorneys on Social Security and SSI issues. Prior to his law career, Jerry was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Jerry graduated from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.

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Emma Messore, Program and Communications Associate
Emma joined the Oakland office in October 2016 as a Program and Communications Associate.  She focuses primarily on communications related to the National Center on Law and Elder Rights, a new project of Justice in Aging. She’ll ensure that the webinars, trainings, and issue briefs produced under the NCLER reach as many advocates as possible for the greatest overall impact on low-income older Americans with the greatest need. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, she served as a Legal Assistant for several Bay Area lawyers. Emma is originally from New Haven, CT, and graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Sociology in 2014.

Shelby Minister, Administrative & Development Associate
Shelby Minister works out of Justice in Aging’s Oakland office. In addition to keeping things in the office running smoothly, she works in a variety of capacities to support development efforts. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, she was the Coordinator for the San Jose Peace & Justice Center (SJPJC) where she organized programming and meetings on social justice issues along with advocating for minority and immigrant rights, the rights of political activists, and against racial injustice and police abuse. Previously, she worked for American Muslim Alliance (AMA) where she mobilized and educated the Muslim American community on civic engagement and social justice issues involving Muslims. In addition, she did camera work and was the Talent Coordinator for Global Forum TV. Shelby graduated from San Francisco State in 2008 with a B.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.

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Paul Nathanson, Special Counsel
Paul is Justice in Aging’s former Executive Director, and currently serves as special counsel, working on special projects such as the organization’s efforts to restore and improve the Supplemental Security Income program. Paul was the organization’s founding Executive Director from 1972-1980, and returned to lead Justice in Aging in 2008-13. In between, he was the director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Institute of Public Law, and a member of the UNM law school faculty where he is now an emeritus professor. Paul is a past president of the American Society on Aging and a founding member of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. He has also served as National Secretary of the Gray Panthers and is a past Chair of the Board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM); he is currently on the NCPSSM Board. Paul is a graduate of Duke University (JD) and the University of Chicago (MCompLaw).

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Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney
Trinh joined Justice in Aging’s Economic Security team in 2016 and is based in the Oakland office. She previously worked at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County where she advocated for adults with disabilities and seniors on Supplemental Security Income, Social Security disability, and health insurance coverage issues. She also collaborated with community agencies on state and local advocacy, with a focus on issues arising out of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Trinh graduated from Columbia University and UC Hastings College of the Law. 

Claire Ramsey, Senior Staff Attorney
Claire Ramsey joined Justice in Aging’s Health Care team in June 2016 and is based in Oakland, California. Claire formerly worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County where she represented seniors on issues involving health care, public benefits, and elder abuse. Prior to Legal Aid, Claire worked at Child Care Law Center, first as an Equal Justice Works fellow and then as a staff attorney. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 with a concentration on Public Interest Law. Claire received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Anna Rich, Litigation Director
Anna Rich works in Justice in Aging’s Oakland office. As the director of Justice in Aging’s litigation activities, Anna represents low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities in federal court to preserve access to social safety net benefits. She also provides training and technical assistance to advocates and co-authored “Improving Language Access to Keep California’s Older Adults at Home: An Examination of the IHSS Program,” a study of the experiences of limited English proficient Californians who use In-Home Supportive Services, the state’s personal care services program. Prior to joining NSCLC, she clerked for the United States District Court for Northern California and worked as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Anna graduated from Swarthmore College in 1997 and from Yale Law School in 2003. She is admitted to the California Bar. For two years in a row, she was chosen as one of three “rising stars” in Northern California in the category of Legal Aid/Legal Services lawyers by the magazine Super Lawyers.

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Tom Smith, Finance and Administration Director
Tom Smith has served as Director of Finance and Administration for the Justice in Aging since 1996.  For the previous ten years, he was the financial director for Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He also worked as assistant financial director for the Gateway Foundation and the American Judicature Society.  Tom graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Accounting and Finance.

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