Staff

James O’Neal
Co-Founder and Executive Director
joneal@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 105
In 1982, Mr. O’Neal received the Harvard Fellowship in Public Interest Law and co-founded Legal Outreach in 1983. He became a Columbia University Charles Revson Fellow in 1990. Mr. O’Neal attended Oxford College of Emory University, A.A., 1977; Emory College, Emory University, B.A.,1979, Political Science; and Harvard Law School, J.D.,1982.

Bethsheba Cooper
Co-Director and Managing Director of College Access
bcooper@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 203
Ms. Cooper has been with Legal Outreach for twenty-four years and has served in numerous capacities in helping to build and establish the various components of the Law-Related Education and College Bound Programs. She is a recipient of the PASEsetter Award for excellence in After-School education. She is a 1981 graduate of Southern California College with a B.A. in English. Previous to her tenure with Legal Outreach, Ms. Cooper worked in ministry with Voice of Calvary, a community development organization in Jackson, Mississippi.

Stephanie Shemin Feingold
Director of Development and Strategic Planning
sfeingold@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 102
In 2008, Mrs. Feingold joined Legal Outreach as a Law-Related Education Coordinator. From 2009-2012, she served as its Director of Legal Education. Mrs. Feingold graduated in 2001 from Emory University summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and History and received her J.D. in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, Mrs. Feingold worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as a research associate on the Terrorism Task Force. From 2005-2008, Mrs. Feingold was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she focused on complex civil litigation.

Pebbles Angella Byndloss
Director of Finance and Operations
pbyndloss@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 104
Ms Byndloss joined the Legal Outreach Family in Spring 2012, with over sixteen years of banking and accounting experience. She has worked in both corporate for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Byndloss believes job performance is a reflection of a person, and takes great pride in performing all tasks – menial to managerial – with diligence, pride, and efficiency. Ms. Byndloss is a graduate of CUNY York College.

Tamika Edwards
Managing Director of Training and Special Initiatives
tedwards@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 202
Ms. Edwards received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996 and her J.D. from New England School of Law in 1999. She worked at Legal Outreach from 1999-2009 in several capacities, including Coordinator and Director of Legal Education, Saturday Writing Program instructor, and Queens Site Director. From 2009-2012 Ms. Edwards worked at Advocates for Children as an Education Specialist and Staff Attorney before rejoining Legal Outreach in 2012.

Sanetta Ponton
Managing Director of Academic Programs
sponton@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 209
Ms. Ponton graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in African American Studies from Columbia University, in 2006 with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and in 2012 magna cum laude with a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Ms. Ponton has worked in several positions at Legal Outreach including Law-Related Education Coordinator and Community Law and Education Coordinator. She has also worked in state government and non-profit programs and administration.

Grace Pickering
Director of Law Related Education
gpickering@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 208
Ms. Pickering received her B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2000; her Master of Science in History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College, London, in 2001; and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2008, graduating magna cum laude. Prior to law school, Ms. Pickering taught English in Barcelona, Spain. From 2008-2012, she was a general litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Mehron Price
Marketing, Communications, and Development Associate
mprice@legaloutreach.org| 718-752-0222 Ext. 103
Ms. Price graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Anthropology and African-American Studies. She is a 2013-14 Fellow of the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard University. Prior to joining Legal Outreach, Ms. Price co-founded and served as the Vice-President of Kids Helping Needy Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization that sponsors underprivileged children in Ethiopia. She has also worked in Recruitment and Staff Development for a social services nonprofit in Harlem.

Shakiva Wade
Community Law and Education Coordinator
swade@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext 201
Ms. Wade is a 2003 alumna of the College Bound Program and graduated from Brandeis University as a Posse scholar with a major in Politics. After college, she worked as a Commercial Litigation and IP Paralegal for Goodwin Procter LLP in both the Boston and DC offices. Ms. Wade recently graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School during which time she served as President of the Black Law Students Association, Director of the Pre-law Division for the Midwest Region, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. She also earned the Student Leadership Achievement Award during law school and gained experience as a Student Attorney for the Washtenaw Public Defenders Office.

David W. Harrington
Director of Writing & Academic Development
dharrington@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 101
Mr. Harrington received a B.A. in English from Grinnell College in 2002 and an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University in 2009. While at Columbia, he was an instructor in the Undergraduate Writing Program and worked in development for an arts program. From 2010-2012, he was the Director of Fundraising and Communications at a non-profit bilingual school in Honduras.

Alysha Pizarro
Law-Related Education Coordinator
apizarro@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext 210
Mrs. Pizarro graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007, with a B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science, and received her J.D. in 2010 from St. John’s University School of Law. While in law school, Mrs. Pizarro served as a Coordinator during Legal Outreach’s 2009 Summer Law Institute at St. John’s and continued to work with Legal Outreach through the remainder of her law school career. Prior to rejoining Legal Outreach, Mrs. Pizarro served for three years as an Assistant District Attorney under Robert T. Johnson in Bronx County.

Michelle Pastor
Law-Related Education Assistant
mpastor@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 227
Ms. Pastor provides support for Law Related Education program at Legal Outreach, including the Summer Law Institute and Constitutional Law Debates. She graduated from Allegheny College in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. While in college, she worked with middle school students through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mentorship Program.

Isaiah Gaines
Manager of Writing Services
igaines@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext 220
Mr. Gaines received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Rochester in 2012. Before and even after graduating, he has been continuously working with Legal Outreach in many different ways. His interest in law has not changed since his College Bound days, as he aspires to attend Law School in the near future.

Kalia Wright
College Bound Coordinator
kwright@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 115
Ms. Wright graduated from Smith College in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies. Her interest in education stems back to her invaluable experience as a College Bound student and her continued involvement with Legal Outreach throughout her college years as a Smith College Praxis intern and volunteer during school breaks. Prior to returning to Legal Outreach, Ms. Wright participated in the Great Oaks Charter School Urban Education Fellowship, where she taught and tutored 6th grade students.

Yasmin Nunez
Junior Academic Advisor & Volunteer Generator Coordinator
ynunez@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 211
Ms. Nunez graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Italian Studies. Her interest in education stems back to her invaluable experience as a College Bound student and her continued involvement with Legal Outreach throughout her college years as a Mount Holyoke College Lynk intern and volunteer during school breaks. She currently serves as a full time volunteer for Legal Outreach through AmeriCorps Public Allies. After completing her year of service, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Education.

Lorena Rodriguez
Alumni Coordinator
lrodriguez@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 214
Ms. Rodriguez graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. Throughout her time at Amherst, Ms. Rodriguez interned with Legal Outreach, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. She also tutored elementary school students and assisted high school students with the college application process. In the future, she hopes to pursue a law degree.

Alfas Miah
Director of Information Technology / Program Assistant
amiah@legaloutreach.org | 718-752-0222 Ext. 205
Mr. Miah began working with Legal Outreach in 2006. He provides technical and administrative support to programs, and manages the organization’s information technology infrastructure. He graduated from John Jay College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Public Administration.

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