After 12 years as a public defender Radha joined the New England Innocence Project bringing her litigation skills, compassion and a fierce determination to bring an end to wrongful convictions. Nationally recognized as an expert in eyewitness identification, Radha applies the lessons learned in the reform of eyewitness identification to other flawed uses of forensic sciences. She provides trainings across the country to the judiciary, the defense bar, prosecutors and law enforcement.
Elizabeth Regan comes to NEIP with 30 years of experience in law firms working as a litigation paralegal. Liz is also NEIP’s longest active staff member; having been a paralegal for Goodwin Procter LLP where NEIP was originally founded and housed. In 2008, Goodwin Procter donated half of her time to work with NEIP as our Case Director. Her hard work paid off; and in 2015 Liz became NEIP’s full-time Case Director. Before the world of ‘Big Law’, Liz was a technical editor at Raytheon. She left and went looking for non-profit experience, and found it as Manager of Blood Donor Communications at Red Cross Blood Services. Outside of NEIP, Liz devotes her time to grassroots environmental activism, working on boards to create and administer children’s outdoor programming.
Laura developed her passion for the innocence movement while working on an active NEIP case as a pro bono attorney. Having seen the incredibly damaging effects of wrongful conviction, she made the commitment to devote her professional life to fighting its causes and addressing its consequences.
Cynthia has been an attorney for 10 years and has worked as a public defender in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Due to her previous working relationships with the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecution, and the defense bar, she will be instrumental in expanding our mission in New Hampshire. Cynthia’s desire to pursue a deeper, more creative form of advocacy and her love of science inspires her work at the New England Innocence Project. She plans educational events for attorneys and judges and has assembled a Policy Advisory Committee in New Hampshire to advise on and support important New Hampshire legislative reforms. In addition to screening and litigating NEIP post-conviction cases, Cynthia also works with attorneys pre-trial in an effort to prevent wrongful convictions before they happen.
Director of Development + Communications
Jordan has more than 15 years of experience in communications, public relations, fundraising and community outreach. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a proven history of creating and sharing powerful social justice stories that mobilize communities and create change. Jordan specializes in developing and executing communications and development strategies aimed at increasing public awareness of NEIP’s mission to correct and prevent wrongful convictions, tapping vital public support, while also providing a forum for exonerees and their family members to share, heal, and inspire action.
Eleanor Umphres is proud to join NEIP as a Legal Fellow, bringing with her the experience of more than a decade of professional and volunteer work in service of those who are incarcerated. Having visited more than twenty-five confinement facilities across six states and personally witnessed unjustifiable brutality and inhumanity therein, Eleanor’s long-term aim is to do her part to improve U.S. prison conditions and sentencing policies. Eleanor went to law school with the specific goal of aiding those who are imprisoned, and she is therefore humbled by the opportunity to begin her professional legal career by diving into the multi-faceted world of post-conviction litigation.
After interning at NEIP last year while completing her Master's Degree, Nina has returned to the organization as a Data Analyst. Currently working to organize, digitize, and compile data on NEIP's extensive case files and identify and analyze trends that can inform our future work, Nina is passionate about efforts to reform the criminal legal system and grateful for the opportunity to work within the field of preventing and correcting wrongful convictions.
Brandon joins NEIP as a Legal Fellow following legal internships with the Innocence Project of Florida and Georgia Innocence Project during law school. Brandon went to law school to become an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and fight against systemic injustice. During law school, he received several awards for his commitment to public service and pro bono, including an award for the student most committed to public interest law in his graduating class.