Brenda Diana is a partner of Ropes & Gray, in the firm’s Private Client Group. She serves as trustee of numerous trusts, represents fiduciaries in the settlement of estates, and prepares estate plans for individuals. Brenda works with multiple generations of families with accumulated wealth, entrepreneurs, private and public company executives and shareholders, and professional public personalities, and other high net worth clients. Her practice involves the administration of client estates and trusts, including post-mortem tax planning and giving advice regarding fiduciary responsibilities. Brenda serves as executor for estates of varying size and complexity, helping clients through diverse personal transitions and providing advice on risk management, fiduciary investments and efficient tax alternatives to avoid potential issues or disputes. In addition, she coordinates the proper disposition of individual and family assets including art, antiques, real estate, and other valuables and works with well-known auction houses and advisors when appropriate. Brenda’s practice also involves estate planning, including advising clients on various charitable and philanthropic endeavors. She works closely with financial planners and philanthropic advisors to develop comprehensive plans to meet the unique needs of her clients. Brenda has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Dmitry Grekov is a manager at Deloitte, overseeing the technical implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s mandated changes to the State’s Integrated Eligibility system. He has over 16 years of leadership and consulting experience in technical architecture, e-commerce, web design, software programming, and IT services.
He has previously worked at companies such as Accenture and StratEx Partners. He has also founded the companies Venue Cricket and NuDirection Consulting. He attended Purdue University and Columbia College Chicago, and received his B.S. in Communications and Advertising. He is fluent in both English and Russian.
Aaron J. Kleiman is a HillVets Congressional Fellow and a United States Air Force Veteran. Aaron serves as a Fellow in the US Capitol working to empower, educate, and train America’s Veterans to work in government and run for public office. Aaron served as an Air Force Officer for twelve years, with six as a Special Operations Aviator. He has deployed to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including over 1,000 combat flight hours in Afghanistan and Africa.
Aaron left active duty in 2014 to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration degree. While at Harvard, Aaron was selected to participate in the Women and Public Policy’s “Harvard Square to the Oval Office” program, where he received extensive political candidate and campaign training with a focus on the challenges facing women running for office. Aaron also served on Professor Ronald Heifetz’s teaching team for his Adaptive Leadership course, “Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change”, where he provided mentorship and guidance for 112 students.
In addition to Aaron’s military deployments, he has traveled extensively worldwide visiting 32 countries, including 12 as part of several political and economic Harvard leadership service trips. During his travels, Aaron has cultivated an in-depth, first-hand understanding of foreign affairs, having met with business leaders, government officials, and heads of state in Israel, the West Bank, Asia, and several post-Soviet countries.
Aaron continues to serve as a Major in the Air National Guard as an Air Liaison Officer overseeing Battlefield Airman providing combat air support to the Army. He is also the Owner and President of LunarEagle Real Estate, a real estate and property management company. In addition to his MPA from Harvard, Aaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in Military Studies from American Military University.
Laura Murray-Tjan is an immigration litigator with extensive experience in citizenship and naturalization claims, visa petitions, removal defense, and appeals. Murray-Tjan also has advised hundreds of immigrants and criminal attorneys on the interplay between criminal and immigration law. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College and her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. Murray-Tjan was a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She served five years at Boston College Law School as a clinical professor, teaching the federal appeals clinic, the immigration clinic, and advanced immigration law. Murray-Tjan is a member of the Congressional Relations committee for the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, New England chapter.
Jim McGarry is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group who specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer class actions, enforcement actions and complex business litigation. Jim joined the Project Citizenship board in 2016 after serving as a pro bono attorney for Project Citizenship for almost two years.
As a member of Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice, Jim has defended against state and nationwide class actions and multi-district class actions around the country. His work has covered a wide variety of consumer class actions and government investigations facing the financial services industry, including banks and mortgage servicers in a host of challenges to mortgage servicing, fair lending and predatory lending practices and auto lenders in loan origination and servicing matters.
Jim also dedicates a significant part of his practice to providing advice and litigation-avoidance counseling to a variety of banks, credit card issuers, indirect auto lenders and other consumer and commercial lenders, and has been involved in various client internal and government investigations. He has been recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work on financial services litigation.
Jim is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to financial services and class action litigation. He attended Seton Hall University where he obtained his B.A. in 1985 magna cum laude. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1993 magna cum laude. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Jim is married with two teenage daughters, both of whom have also volunteered for Project Citizenship.
Chris Pratt, is the Executive Vice President of Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources, a regional facilities services company, and he is a co-founder of Work Station, a provider of upscale co-working space. As part of Suburban’s senior management team, Chris plays a key role in corporate development initiatives, new growth platforms, and spearheads their technology strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility program.
Throughout his career, Chris has worked in a variety of fields within real estate and facilities services. His background includes property and parking management, facilities management, construction and general contracting, commercial cleaning, and mechanical/HVAC. Chris served for seven years in the United States Army, and left the Army Reserves in 2011 at the rank of Captain. In the service, Chris was a paratrooper in the 18th Airborne Corps. at Fort Bragg, NC, and deployed in 2005-2006 as a Platoon Leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On behalf of Suburban, Chris led the effort to become a founding sponsor of District Hall, a first-of-its-kind, dedicated civic space in Boston’s “Innovation District,” where the innovation community can come to work, meet, collaborate, and share ideas. This founding sponsorship supports the Venture Café Foundation, and their public-private partnership with Boston Global Investors and the City of Boston. From this, Chris has launched a programming series called, “The Veteran Entrepreneur,” focused on connecting, inspiring, and supporting military veterans in their efforts to start and grown businesses. Other organizations Chris supports include, The Home Base Program, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial, The Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Providence Preservation Society, and Progreso Latino.
Chris is a graduate of Bryant University and has an MBA from Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He lives on the south shore with his wife, two daughters, and son.
Alicia Rubio is an associate in Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Group. Ms. Rubio represents clients in a variety of complex litigation matters in both federal and state court, including general commercial litigation, post-closing disputes, and consumer financial services litigation. She also dedicates a significant portion of her practice to pro bono immigration services, devoting particular attention to unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers. Ms. Rubio received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was thrilled to join the Project Citizenship board in 2016.
Charles Sanders, a partner in Latham & Watkins Litigation Department, Attorney Sanders has market-leading, first chair intellectual property litigation experience Formerly with Goodwin Procter’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Attorney Sanders focused on intellectual property matters with emphasis on patent litigation. Charles has represented clients in Asia, Europe and the United States as lead counsel in district courts throughout the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He handles a broad range of intellectual property matters, including licensing, opinions, patent enforcement, inter partes Patent Office proceedings, trials and appeals. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Boston magazines.
With a background in chemistry and physics, he has represented clients in a diverse range of technologies, including those involving aircraft, acoustic equipment, automotive components, bio-therapeutics, electromechanical devices, environmental remediation, fluid separation, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, rare earth magnets, semiconductors, smartphones, software, spectroscopy, storage media and wireless communication systems. Mr. Sanders has also handled antitrust, false advertising, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition claims. He is married with a daughter and an avid fan of baseball and basketball.
Charles is a frequent and dedicated pro bono volunteer for Project Citizenship. He has volunteered at numerous workshops, and has provided many hours of pro bono service assisting citizenship applicants as well as a Board member.
Peter Torrebiarte is Starbucks’s director of coffee sustainability and general manager of the Starbucks Coffee Agronomy Company. He is responsible for this multinational’s coffee sustainability programs including its Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices and other third party coffee certification schemes, including Fair Trade. He serves as the company’s lead representative in Central America and is a global senior spokesperson on topics of Starbucks, sustainability, economic challenges in developing countries, farmer equity, and environmental health, as well as chief advisory on matters within origin countries. He leverages strong networks of influence including relationships with suppliers, governments, NGOs and key employees of Starbucks. Peter joined Starbucks Coffee Company thirteen years ago and has held a myriad of posts within the coffee department including global coffee trading, buying and analytics. Peter’s career is coffee based including work in exports, trading, purchasing and selling, as well as time spent at the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, been an advisor to the Guatemala’s Minister of Interior and has served on the board of directors of two major Guatemalan companies.
Amy M. Wax has been exclusively practicing immigration law since 2000 and has been an adjunct clinical faculty for the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School since September 2005. Attorney Wax was the sole attorney at the Committee on Refugees from El Salvador for several years and also worked as a staff attorney at Catholic Charities. She was previously partner at Wax & Kenney, P.C.
Amy handles all types of immigration cases, including family-based petitions, consular processing, deportation, NACARA, asylum, naturalization and applications for relief for victims of domestic violence. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and frequently gives presentations to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities. She also has taught several years for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Tufts University.
Amy has been a dedicated pro bono attorney for Project Citizenship providing a Crimmigration training, lending her immigration expertise, and serving on the Board.
Janet Rickershauser serves as of-counsel to Pathway Law, working in the areas of estate planning and nonprofit law. Janet’s work with tax-exempt organizations ranges from guiding new organizations through the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status to advising established charities on issues such as governance structure and by-laws, the unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”), intermediate sanctions and private foundation excise tax issues, and operating as a scientific research or medical research organization. In addition, she has provided guidance on joint ventures with for-profit business entities, scholarship and disaster relief programs, and international grant-making and other international charitable activities. Janet was also part of the legal team that put together one of the largest “social impact bond” arrangements to date in the United States, bringing together private, philanthropic, and government funding to help at-risk youth in Massachusetts.
As a member of the New York State Bar Association, she has been awarded the Empire State Counsel designation in recognition of her pro bono activities, and in 2014 Janet’s work with two colleagues was recognized through a National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association. Janet has been practicing law since 2003 and is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York bars and the American Bar Association. Before joining Pathway Law, Janet worked as a senior attorney in Goodwin Procter’s Trusts and Estate Planning group. Janet has her Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Janet speaks French and some Spanish and Russian.
Our Board Fellows through the MIT Sloan Net Impact Chapter
Paige Hasebe started supporting Project Citizenship in 2017 as a Board Fellow from MIT Sloan, where she is currently pursuing her MBA. After graduating from NYU Abu Dhabi in the UAE, she worked for three years for McKinsey & Company based in Dubai. During that time, she worked in and traveled throughout the Middle East, serving companies and governments on pressing strategy and operations problems. As the proud daughter of a naturalized citizen, Paige looks forward to working with Project Citizenship and helping to further their mission and contribute to the community.
Edgar Samuel Gamino graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics and Chicano/Latino Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. While at UCI, his research of financial literacy rates in the Latinx community earned him the Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship and inspired him to work toward equity for underrepresented communities. As an intern at Latino Health Access, Edgar worked to bring health, equity and sustainable change to Latinx communities through education and civic participation. More recently, Edgar leveraged his role as Digital Marketing Manager of the Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts to promote inclusion in the arts. As part of the L.A. County Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative, he worked closely with community leaders to develop recommendations designed to provide greater access to careers in the arts for underrepresented groups, and to create more diverse cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles. Edgar is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and joined the Project Citizenship family as a Board Fellow. He is the proud son of Mexican immigrants.