Erin Esparza - Executive Director
Erin became CLP’s Executive Director in 2018. Prior to this she spent three years working in Mexicco. At the Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey, she developed programs and operational models to provide education and social mobility opportunities for underserved populations. As Academic Portfolio Manager, she oversaw the development of academic offerings, As Director of Expansion Strategy for Vía Educación, a nonprofit focused on education and participatory citizenship, Erin grew the organization and created the Jóvenes Atiempo program to keep youth in school by matching middle school students with high school mentors. Before embarking on her career in education and youth development, Erin worked in the financial industry for more than a decade in senior roles with TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab & Company. In the 1990s, she served in various roles at Intel, including leading strategic venture capital investments in technologies for small businesses as Corporate Business Development Manager. Erin’s education includes a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has served on several nonprofit boards over the years, and is currently Vice Chair of Journeys Within Our Community, a nonprofit that empowers low income Cambodians with free education and scholarships.
Robert Hulshof-Schmidt - Director of Development and Communications
Mackendree Thompson - Program and Development Coordinator
Mackendree brings over ten years experience as an administrative professional to her role as Program & Development Coordinator. Inspired by a commitment to social justice, she has dedicated her time and talents to local non-profits, including Outside In and ROSE CDC. Under the general administrative titles she has held, she has acted as communications assistant, development associate, office manager, HR assistant, and executive assistant, working with everyone from direct service staff to directors to board members, volunteers, and donors. Raised in a family passionately devoted to civic engagement, she is pleased and proud to place her creativity, skills, and expertise in the service of CLP.
Beth Madsen Bradford - Office Coordinator
Beth is CLP’s Office Coordinator. When Beth isn’t creating spreadsheets at CLP and helping us to do pretty much everything, she works as a classical musician, singing with opera companies, chamber orchestras and symphonies throughout the West Coast. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Linfield College, and apprenticed with Des Moines Metro Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. In her spare time, Beth enjoys gardening, cribbage, playing ukulele, and hanging out with her fantastic 8 year old son, Nate.
Cari Zall - Senior Program Manager
Jessica Gallagher - Senior Program Manager
Jessica Gallagher is a Senior Program Manager at the Classroom Law Project. Gallagher received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hendrix College. After spending time working as a summer camp director in the mountains of Western North Carolina, she enrolled in Lewis & Clark Law School. As a law student she volunteered with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and the Public Interest Law Project, was a law clerk for the Earthrise Law Center, and participated in the Earthrise Clinic. Gallagher also participated in the Street Law seminar where she discovered how to combine her passions for young people and the law. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Street Law Clinic there. She has also conducted Street Law training for educators and law students internationally. Gallagher has also been a Red Cross CPR and Lifeguarding instructor for 12 years.
Gallagher is a podcast junkie who loves to bake, swim, and hang out with her 13-year-old dog, Meaux.