LSC’s Leadership Council brings together leaders from the legal profession, business, academia, human services, and other fields. Council members serve as ambassadors for LSC, working in concert and contributing their knowledge and expertise to provide strategic advice in support of our mission. Our Leadership Council engages with the LSC community, builds connections with like-minded leaders, and contributes to our effort to pursue justice for vulnerable community members while training and inspiring the next generation of publicly minded lawyers.
Leadership Council Members
Louis Tompros is a first-chair trial and appellate lawyer at WilmerHale, where he focuses on intellectual property litigation, and he teaches the Patent Trial Advocacy course at Harvard Law School. He has handled the most challenging copyright, trademark, and patent cases for high profile clients in technology, entertainment, and manufacturing. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including leading the copyright enforcement efforts to reclaim the famous “Pepe the Frog” comic book character from alt-right entities and hate groups. In one of his early significant pro bono cases, Louis represented a group of gay and lesbian service members challenging the constitutionality of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, in association with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Louis serves as the chair of the Equal Justice Coalition of Massachusetts, a collaboration between the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation committed to ensuring access to civil legal aid for low-income residents of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Navjeet Bal is the Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance, Inc. a Boston based non-profit that is a leading intermediary in innovative social financings. In addition to her responsibilities as General Counsel, Navjeet is part of the senior management team of the organization, helping to shape its strategy as it seeks to find innovative ways to scale effective social and workforce development solutions.
In addition, Navjeet has over 25 years of experience as an infrastructure finance attorney and a public official. Navjeet served as the Commissioner of Revenue in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration from 2008 through 2011, where she was responsible for a 2000-person agency with three lines of business: Tax Administration, Child Support Enforcement and the Division of Local Services.
Navjeet has held many leadership positions in legal, community and professional organizations. She is currently on the boards of the Boston Public Library, the Williams College Gaudino Fund, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and others. In the past, she has served on the Boston Bar Association Council and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Navjeet graduated from Williams College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Kathleen Borschow graduated from Yale College in 2010 and then taught English in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright Scholar before enrolling at Harvard Law School. In her academic, extracurricular, and practical pursuits at HLS, Kathleen maintained a strong commitment to serving the public interest, including as a student attorney with LSC’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Upon graduating from HLS in 2015, Kathleen became an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor, where she worked on trial and appellate litigation, rulemaking, guidance, policy, and client advice. In 2019, Kathleen joined Senator Patty Murray’s Oversight and General Counsel team on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. In September 2020, Kathleen left the HELP Committee to run the Absentee Ballot Chase and Cure Program for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in North Carolina, and subsequently served as a senior advisor to the campaign for the Georgia Senate Runoff Election. Kathleen recently joined Fair Fight Action as a senior manager on their voter protection team.
Natanja Craig Oquendo has a deep passion for grassroots organizations and over 20 years of Non-profit experience with the majority of her professional career being spent in the philanthropic sector. Natanja is the Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund (BWF). Founded in 1984, BWF is a leader in supporting community-based grassroots organizations and initiatives led by *women+ and girls with the least access to resources. BWF has invested close to $7 million in 344 grassroots organizations and projects led by women+ and girls+ (those who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid) working to achieve racial, economic, and gender justice in Greater Boston and beyond.
Prior to BWF, Natanja used her grit, passion and personal life experience to help define and shape the Boston Foundation’s Grassroots Strategy–a unique strategy she built from the ground up. As Vice President of Community Partnerships for The Possible Project, Natanja led outreach efforts to ensure deep engagement with local leaders, families, and organizations. Natanja has also held positions with Fidelity Investments, The Partnership, Inc., and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
Natanja believes in a philanthropy which seeks out leaders making positive changes in their communities centering their knowledge, expertise and solutions. At the core of Natanja’s work and beliefs is the concept “do nothing about me without me.” Natanja is committed to working in partnership with the full diversity of our communities particularly *women+ and girls of color (*those who identify as women, nonbinary and/or genderfluid) and the LGBTQIA+ community to build a better future for everyone.
She believes in giving back by sharing her knowledge and expertise to create positive change within the community. She is a Board Member of Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House and is on the Leadership Council of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Natanja also has an active family life with her five children and husband Jason.
Alexandra DeLaite is a health care entrepreneur and investor. She is a co-founder of Sundial Health, a women’s reproductive health care company, and was previously the CFO of Affera, a cardiac medical technology company. Alex’s prior experience was as a hedge fund and private equity investor, including at Convexity Capital Management, Thomas H. Lee Partners, and AEA Investors. Alex is a Trustee of Partners In Health and The Learning Project. She earned an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Samuel M. Gebru is a social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, advocate, and policy analyst with over 17 years of political and nonprofit experience in the United States and East Africa.
He is the Managing Director of Black Lion Strategies, a social impact and public affairs consulting firm, where he works with a range of businesses, nonprofit organizations, advocacy coalitions, government officials, and others committed to social and economic justice and opportunity. Samuel is also a Senior Advisor at deWit Impact Group, Professor of the Practice of Political Science at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Fellow at the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.
An experienced leader, connector, and professional troublemaker, Samuel has devoted over half of his life to creating and shaping initiatives, building partnerships and coalitions, and advocating for public policies that advance opportunity and justice for all. He discovered his vocation for public service as a 13-year-old bringing attention to maternal health issues and raising funds for women suffering from obstetric fistula, a rare childbirth injury common in developing countries. Samuel is a former candidate for City Council in his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and he remains deeply involved in range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
His current community service includes: the Leadership Council of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, City of Cambridge City Manager’s Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Just A Start Corporation, and Community Advisory Board of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Samuel is multilingual, serves on several boards and commissions, is a frequent public speaker, and is an enthusiastic coffee and ice cream aficionado.
Elizabeth A. Kensinger is Chairperson and Professor of Psychology at Boston College. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty of Boston College in 2006. Her research examines how the emotional content of information affects the processes that adults use to remember information. She has collaborated with the Boston College Innocence Project Clinic, leading seminars on the fallibility of human memory. She was a Searle Scholar and recipient of awards from societies including the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Association for Psychological Science; her current research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
David Nagle is co-managing partner and a tax attorney with Sullivan & Worcester in its Boston office. In his law practice, Dave represents taxpayers at all stages of controversies, including audits, administrative appeals, and trial and appellate litigation with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service. He is active in the Boston Bar Association’s Tax Section.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Dave spent his 1L summer with the Center’s community enterprise project, worked in the family law unit during his second year, and has lived within a mile of the Center since shortly after law school. He enjoys walking in Franklin Park with the family dog, Gimli.
Jack is a Senior Fellow at the Legal Services Center, working in its Veterans Legal Clinic. He is a retired partner in the Boston office of WilmerHale’s Litigation Department, where he was a member of its Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Trial Practice Groups. Jack served for many years as Co-chair of WilmerHale’s Pro Bono Committee, and had an active pro bono practice, including extensive work in Haiti, the representation of veterans, and counseling nonprofits in many sectors.
Jack is a former President of the Boston Bar Association, serves on boards of international humanitarian relief and inner city education nonprofits, and is a trustee of the Lynch Foundation, a major charitable grant maker.
Jack is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Jack served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on a frigate.
Stephen E. Shay is a tax lawyer and researcher specializing in international taxation. Mr. Shay lectures at law schools in the United States and at graduate law programs outside the United States, consults for international organizations and private parties and has testified as an expert before judicial and arbitral tribunals on behalf of governments and private parties.
Mr. Shay joined the Harvard Law School faculty as a Professor of Practice in 2011. He transitioned to Senior Lecturer in 2016 and Lecturer for 2019-20. Mr. Shay is a lecturer at Boston College Law School and has been a Lecturer at Yale Law School, University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and the Leiden International Tax Institute (The Netherlands). Mr. Shay was the IBFD Professor in Residence for 2015.
Mr. Shay was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Shay was in private practice as a tax partner with Ropes & Gray, LLP from 1987 to 2009. Mr. Shay also served in the Office of International Tax Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, including as International Tax Counsel, from 1982 to 1987.
Mr. Shay is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, and he earned his J.D. and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1976.
Mary Green Swig is a co-founder of Freedom To Prosper – a national organization formed to achieve full cancellation of student debt. She was Founder and CEO of Mary Green, an international design firm – receiving many national and international design and leadership awards. She was co-author of “How to be an Importer and Pay for Your World Travel,” which was, for many years, the leading authority on beginning importing. She is the recipient of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation Vision Award – Leadership, and the Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World Award. She sits on the board of SELF – the Solar Electric Light Fund and the American For Cures Foundation. She is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Board in Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She was a Fellow in 2014 and a in 2015 in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
Steven Swig is a co-founder of Freedom to Prosper, an organization devoted to full cancellation of student debt. The activities of the organization stemmed from his work at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, where he was a fellow and senior fellow in 2014 and 2015. He is a Co-Founder and President Emeritus of Presidio Graduate School, which gives an MBA in Sustainable Management, and has practiced law for many years, specializing first in Complex Antitrust Litigation and then in Real Estate and General Corporate transactions. He is currently Chair of the Boards of Solar Electric Light Fund and Americans For Cures (Stem Cells), and is Vice Chair of the Board of the American Conservatory Theater. He is also Trustee Emeritus of Presidio Graduate School.
Peter Tobani is Senior Counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he provides regulatory and legal advice on a variety of issues for the Company’s Global Retail Markets Strategic Business Unit. His primary clients include the Company’s small commercial underwriting department and their Strategic Partnerships Group. While at Liberty Mutual, he has held a variety of roles, including working in their Litigation Department overseeing and handling litigation against the company in extra-contractual matters, as well as corporate counsel supporting their Commercial Insurance Claims operation. Prior to working at Liberty Mutual, he practiced as a civil litigator at several law firms in the City of Boston, focusing in the area of commercial litigation and construction law. He grew up on Long island, New York, but has lived in the Boston area of over 20 years. He is actively involved with the pro bono programs at Liberty Mutual Insurance, including working with Lawyers Clearinghouse, the Medical Legal Partnership, as well as Citizen Schools and Discovering Justice’s Stand Up for Your Rights mock trial programs.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and attended Northeastern University School of Law. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, watching movies and recreational sports.
Kelli Powell currently works at Moderna, where she holds the title of Senior Director, Patent Litigation. In her role she serves as a legal advisor and strategic business partner on patent litigation and related matters for the company. Kelli joined Moderna from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale) where she practiced in the Boston office, representing a variety of local, national, and international clients. During her legal career she also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as well as spent years as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School. She currently serves on the Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as well as the Board of Directors of the of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.
Since 2012, following long and successful business and military careers, Bill Bachman has been a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University. His entire working life has been devoted to the practical application of sound organizational behavior principles, and to coaching and mentoring young leaders.
Based on his 35-year business career, Bill was appointed as the Executive in Residence at Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2013, where he worked with the faculty and students to provide a bridge to the business community and served as an advisor to various academic constituencies on the Wentworth campus. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty at George Washington University’s Master’s Degree program in law firm management and has taught management courses at Northeastern University and Babson College.
Bill retired in 2013 from the position of Chief Operating Officer of Bingham McCutchen LLP, a large, global law firm based in Boston, with 1000 lawyers and 16 offices. During his tenure at Bingham, he was part of the executive team responsible for the dramatic and profitable growth of the firm, including a succession of 10 mergers and acquisitions. This remarkable growth was profiled in a case study at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Bingham,
Bill successfully managed two other firms, culminating in over 35 years of law firm experience. In 1992, he was elected President of the Association of Legal Administrators, a 10,000-member association advancing management education in law firms. He was an author on management topics for the National Law Journal, American Lawyer and Of Counsel magazines, and has spoken at national seminars and conferences throughout his career. The firm was profiled in The Extraordinary Law Firm published in 1997. His last assignment prior to his retirement was as Executive Director for Partner Leadership Development, working with partners to enhance their leadership and management skills. Bill is a 2009 graduate of the AACSB business school teaching certificate course.
Bill is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a MS in Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to his business career, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army and the National Guard, culminating in his promotion to Colonel in 1992. During his military career, he served in various assignments in the U.S. and overseas, including two combat tours in Vietnam. After receiving his master’s degree, he taught leadership to cadets at West Point as an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership for four years. His final year on the West Point faculty was spent designing and teaching an invitation-only seminar in advanced leadership for senior cadets.
Bill is married with three children and five grandchildren.
Professor Fogg directed the Federal Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center before retiring in July 2022 and moving to the status of Emeritus Clinical Professor. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2017 after teaching at Villanova Law School for a decade. He founded the tax clinic at Harvard in 2015 and 2016 while serving as a visiting professor. Prior to teaching at Villanova he worked for over 30 years with the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS. Professor Fogg received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and his M.L.T. in tax from the College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law. He focuses his scholarship on tax procedure especially in the area of collection and bankruptcy law as it relates to tax. He co-authors a blog with Professor Les Book, procedurallytaxing.com, which provides daily commentary on current tax procedure issues. Fogg served as the editor of the ABA Tax Section publication “Effectively Representing Your Client before the IRS” for the 5th, 6th and 7th Editions. He authors the collection chapters in the treatise “IRS Practice and Procedure” created by Michael Saltzman. He was chosen as the IRS Chief Counsel Robert H. Jackson National Attorney of the Year in 2007 and the ABA Tax Section Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award winner in 2015. He is a past chair of the ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee a past council member of the Section and a past Vice-Chair for publications.