We create innovative solutions that disrupt unjust systems to ensure a more equitable future
ICAAD works at the intersection of legal innovation and design justice to create evidence-based programs with organizations and communities to combat structural discrimination. By leveraging multidisciplinary teams and taking an integrated approach, we are able to improve resilience, safety, and equity across systems.
Our small but mighty team combines an essential mix of backgrounds, from Human Rights Law to Design-Thinking to Behavioral Science, Statistics and more. These diverse skills are supplemented by a dedicated group of Advisors who bring their expertise to specific projects to ensure maximum impact.
Jyoti Diwan, MBA
Jyoti digs deep into large data sets to uncover solutions and provide the evidence for strategic decision making. She is a finance enthusiast and researcher, who loves numbers.
Erin Thomas, MA
Director, Change Facilitator
Erin Thomas is a critical social scientist who facilitates the co-design of policy solutions through collaborative research.
Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM
Co-Founder & Legal Innovator
Hansdeep uses the lens of human rights law while harnessing data and technology tools to uncover discriminatory patterns that perpetuate violence.
Jaspreet K. Singh, JD
Co-Founder + Advocacy Strategist
Jaspreet is a human rights lawyer, designer, and technologist who enjoys exploring transdisciplinary strategies for promoting equality.
Sara Lobo, MSc
Communications and Development Lead
Sara is a communications strategist with a background in global human rights and environmental advocacy. She works to amplify the voices of our partners and promote cross-sector collaboration.
Zuleka Henderson, PhD
Matthew Scherer, JD
Shannon R. Marcoux
Jesse Dunietz, PhD
Dan Mach, JD
Joanna McGibbon, JD
Prerana Bhatnagar, JD
Natalie Druce, LLM
Conan Hines, JD
Joseph R. Wheeler, MfA
Julia Biedry Gonzalez
Tejinder Singh, JD
Ranjit G. Singh, LLM
Board of Directors
Courtney Cogburn, PhD
Courtney is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Chief Equity Officer & Knowledge Transfer Director for Columbia’s LEAP Climate Center. She joined ICAAD as an Advisor in 2013 and the Board in 2015.
Tori Horton, MA
Tori is CEO of Reset Your Nest, and is a startup veteran with over 20 years of experience. Previously at PayPal, she was responsible for the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment program. She joined ICAAD’s Board in 2023.
Abe Awasthi, BA, CPA
Abe is a Principle at Deloitte and is go-to-market strategy, operations, and digital transformation consultant. He began volunteering with ICAAD in 2015 and joined the Board in 2022.
Sean Dougherty, JD
Sean is an Associate in Simpson Thacher’s Corporate Department, focusing his practice on capital markets transactions. Sean has served on ICAAD’s board since its founding in 2012.
Laura Toyofuku-Aki, BA
Laura is a Social Entrepreneur and founder of Project Koa Yoga, whose mission is to diversify the faces of yoga in Hawai’i while preserving its people, land, and culture. She joined ICAAD as an Advisor in 2015 and the Board in 2016.
Conan Hines, JD
Conan is a legal technologist with a demonstrated history of positively impacting the practice of law. He began volunteering with ICAAD in 2012, became an Advisor in 2016, and joined the Board in 2023.
ICAAD is a non-profit organization, and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. We are committed to full financial transparency.
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UN Special Consultative Status
ICAAD has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council.