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Advocates Council

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Advocates Council engages and mobilizes community resources to advance the mission of the school, and to cultivate current and future generations of Thurgood Marshall Academy supporters.

Sachi Jepson, Community Outreach Committee Chair
Sachi is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, where she advises clients on privacy and information management matters. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Sachi worked at Freedom Now, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that works to free individual prisoners of conscience. Sachi holds a J.D., with pro bono distinction from Stanford Law School, an M.A.P.P. from Stanford, an M.S. from Brigham Young, and a B.S. from Brigham Young where she graduated as Valedictorian.

Brendan Gants
Brendan is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Skadden Arps, where his practice focuses on litigation.  Prior to law school, Brendan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA corps member in Milwaukee, working in low-income schools to increase family and community involvement, and later worked as a consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago, where he served on the inaugural junior board of the Chicago Child Care Society. Brendan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Leah Watson
Leah Watson is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where she focuses on litigation and compliance matters, including government investigations.  Ms. Watson graduated from Harvard Law School and earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Communication Studies and Sociology.  Prior to law school, Ms. Watson taught World History and Political Science at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia through Teach for America.  Since moving to the area, Ms. Watson has also served as a volunteer with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.

Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with majors in Urban Studies and Communication and Rhetoric. Previously, Amanda worked as a Youth Engagement Specialist at Temple Sinai DC. She is currently working as Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Programs Manager.

Dj Wolff
David (Dj) Wolff is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring and a consultant with C&M International, the firm’s trade policy affiliate. Dj is responsible for Crowell & Moring’s weekly tutoring program with the Thurgood Marshall Academy and served as the first Chair of the Advocates Council. Dj also serves on the Alumni Associate Board of St. Lukes School, in New Canaan, CT. Dj received his J.D. from Stanford University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Dartmouth College.

If you would like to get involved with the Council, please contact Giselle Pole at 202-563-6862 ×151.