Jordan Guillen (he/him) joined ACS in June 2022 and serves as the Chapters Associate. In this capacity, he works with the Chapter Team to support the work of our ACS Chapters, including assisting with programming, network building, and annual events.
Prior to joining ACS, Jordan served a research intern at the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), a non-profit organization serving the media and public with analysis and information about capital punishment. In this position, he worked on aggregating and comparing data for DPIC’s databases of every person sentenced to death in the U.S. since 1972. He also helped hone DPIC’s recruitment data bases and tracked DPIC’s influence in the media.
Jordan earned his B.A. in Political Science- Public Service and Sociology with an emphasis in Law & Society from the University of California, Davis. He will be based out of Washington, D.C.
Faith Pensinger joined ACS staff in May 2022 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Chapters. In this role, she advances the next generation of progressive leaders by supporting existing ACS chapters, cultivating opportunities to expand the ACS network, and building sustainable relationships to further ACS’s mission while promoting diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining ACS, Pensinger worked for a civil justice association in Harrisburg, PA as an Executive Assistant. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Biology, studying abroad in Spain during this time. Pensinger is currently finishing her final year of law school in the evening program at Widener Law Commonwealth.
Pensinger has a passion for women’s rights and is a proud feminist. She resides in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and two cats. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking.
Robert Williams joined ACS staff in April 2022 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Chapters. In this role, he advances the next generation of progressive leaders by supporting existing ACS chapters, cultivating opportunities to expand the ACS network, and building sustainable relationships to further ACS’s mission while promoting diversity and inclusion.
Williams graduated from the University of Mississippi with a double B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. He earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was President of the ACS Student Chapter. He is an ACS Next Generation Leader.
Williams is based in Austin, TX.
Jampa Lhasawa (he/him) joined ACS in September 2021 and served as the Chapters Associate. In this capacity, he worked with the Chapters team to support the work of our ACS Chapters, including assisting with programming, network building, and annual events.
Prior to joining ACS, Lhasawa served as the Outreach Coordinator for Lines for Life, a 24-hour crisis intervention and prevention service in Portland, Oregon. In this position, Lhasawa organized all classroom education, conferences, panels, and tabling events, and created the program’s DEI mission statement, action plan, and three-year strategy.
Lhasawa earned his B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he enjoys backpacking, playing chess, and spending time with his dog, Pema.
Valerie M. Nannery joined ACS in 2019 and serves as Senior Director of Network Advancement. She oversees the State Attorneys General Project.
Before joining ACS, Nannery was an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Advocacy Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where her practice was focused on federal affirmative civil litigation of constitutional and administrative law issues. Prior to her work as an Assistant Attorney General, Nannery was a fellow in the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Previously, she practiced at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. and at Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. She began her legal career as the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen.
Nannery is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University.
Jordan Blisk (he/him) joined ACS in July of 2019 and currently serves as Associate Director of Chapters. In this capacity, he helps to advance the next generation of progressive leaders by managing existing ACS student and lawyer chapters, working to strategically expand ACS’s network, and developing a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive legal community throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.
Jordan also serves as the Executive Director and Board Chair of the Colorado Name Change Project, the President of Colorado LGBT Bar Association, and as a Board Member-At-Large for the Minority Veterans of America. He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University and was the first openly transgender student to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School.
Prior to joining ACS, Jordan was an associate attorney specializing in family law and estate planning, and before his legal career, he served in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Journeyman. In 2021, the National LGBT Bar Association named him as one of the "40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40". In 2022, he received the Stonewall Award from the American Bar Association for his work advancing LGBTQ+ individuals and causes in the legal profession.
Jordan is based in Denver, CO where he enjoys fly fishing, off-roading, and spending time with his two dogs, Hamilton and Huxley.