Steven Bruce, Legal Director, worked for the Social Security Administration as a Senior Staff Attorney. In 2000, he founded People With Disabilities Foundation. Steven has worked for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights, was a supervisor in the Government Benefits Unit for Legal Aid, and was an Assistant Public Defender. He is a former Senior Staff Attorney for the Social Security Administration. He has a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. His J.D. is from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
April Banerjee, Executive Director, has experience as a training manager, a technical communicator, and an administrator. Her work involved energy management, including for low-income households. She has researched and written about environmental issues. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the California State Bar.
Timothy Roscoe Carter, Staff Attorney, has been an attorney representing Social Security claimants for over 15 years and he has been to over a thousand hearings. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Communication Studies, and from Golden Gate University with a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Science in Taxation. He has a wife and three children, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is an advocate for the abolition of poverty via a basic income guarantee.
Naveen Makhdum, Program Manager (PM) for Public Awareness and Education, is a healthcare professional with local and international experience. She has interned as a health educator in the Immunization Branch of California Department of Public Health. Naveen has a Master of Public Health with a focus in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from UC Berkeley and has worked as a medical doctor in Pakistan.
Todd Leachman, Program Coordinator for Technology – Education & Public Awareness, Todd has experience in all aspects of media including strategy planning, field production (live-on-tape television/video/live streaming), web design/content management, social media and video editing. Previous roles include audio engineer, technical director and broadcast producer. Todd is passionate about several community issues including homelessness, at-risk youth, and gender equality.