Martha Pardo

Martha Pardo joined ACS in October 2022 as Director of Strategic Engagement.

Prior to joining ACS, Martha worked at Community Legal Services of Mid Florida as Senior Manager of Pro Bono Development where she worked on expanding and strengthening pro bono partnerships. Before CLS, Martha worked at LatinoJustice PRLDEF leading its efforts to help protect Latinx civil rights throughout the Southeast Region of the US. Most of Martha’s career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities. She worked in legal aid organizations in North and South Florida advocating for tenants’ rights, among other areas. 

Martha received her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. She is a member of the Florida Bar’s Public Interest Law Section’s Executive Council. She is based in Central Florida.

Veronica Hayes

Veronica Hayes (she/her) joined ACS in August 2022 and serves as the Strategic Engagement Associate. In this capacity, she works with the Strategic Engagement Department to support ACS’s work around judicial nominations, the jobs and clerkship program, and the Next Generation Leaders program.

Prior to joining ACS, Veronica worked as an AmeriCorps Development VISTA. Before that, she served as an intern with the Minnesota Governor’s Office, where she worked closely with the Judicial, Board, and Commission Appointments division to recruit, screen, and advance hundreds of state-level appointments.

Veronica earned a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2022, she was selected for a Fulbright grant (ultimately declined award).

Thea Cohen

Thea Cohen joined ACS in September 2021 and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Engagement. Her portfolio includes the jobs, clerkships, and internships pipeline as well as working with the Next Generation Leaders.

Before she joined ACS, Cohen served as part of the Voter Protection Team for the Democratic Party of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election and 2021 Senate runoff. Prior to that, she served as Counsel for the Making Every Vote Count Foundation, an organization dedicated to exploring alternatives to the current presidential selection system. Cohen also was a law clerk for a judge in the District Court for the District of Columbia and a judge on the Court of Federal Claims. She was also previously an associate at the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Cohen received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Brown University in Religious Studies.

Eliza Stup

Eliza Stup joined ACS in July 2020 and currently serves as the Strategic Engagement Associate. Prior to joining ACS, Stup was a Research Intern with the Sara Gideon campaign for U.S. Senate. Her previous work experiences include the Office of Senator Warner, the Tahirih Justice Center, and the U.S. State Department.

Stup received her B.A. in Government and Legal Studies and Hispanic Studies from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, she was a Bowdoin Votes volunteer and a Research Assistant for the Government Department. She is originally from Virginia.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright joined ACS in September 2018 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Strategic Engagement.  He helps manage ACS's work concerning judicial nominations, strengthening the ACS legal professional pipeline, and ACS’s Path to the Bench Initiative.

Wright was previously the law fellow at ACS. Prior to joining ACS, Wright served as a staff attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C.

Wright received his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2017, and his B.A. in communication and political science from the University of Missouri in 2014. During his time at Mizzou, he served as the president of the ACS student chapter and note and comment editor of the Missouri Law Review.

In his free time, Wright likes cheering for the Missouri Tigers, watching TV and movies, and visiting craft breweries.

Jill Dash

Jill Dash joined ACS in 2008 and currently serves as an Adviser on ACS issues surrounding the judiciary and the rule of law.  She also manages ACS’s Path to the Bench Initiative, as well as the ACS nationwide professional pipeline from law students to senior attorneys.

Before joining ACS, Dash was a litigator at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP in various areas including securities, tort litigation, and civil rights. Previously, she practiced at the Federal Trade Commission Division of Advertising Practices and at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She was the President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia for 2019-2020.

Dash received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies magna cum laude with distinction from Cornell University. She clerked for the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and two girls.