Beth Madsen Bradford - Program and Development Coordinator
Beth is Classroom Law Project’s Program and Development Coordinator. When Beth isn’t creating spreadsheets, designing all manner of graphics, and figuring out logistics for programs and events at CLP, 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 awesome son, Nate.
Erin Esparza - Executive Director
Erin became CLP’s Executive Director in 2018. Prior to this she spent three years working in Mexico. 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.
Jessica Gallagher - Senior Program Manager
Jessica Gallagher is a Senior Program Manager at 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 passion for working with young people and the law. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Street Law Clinic. 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 precocious Corgi, Frida.
Dennis Gerl - Willamette Valley Regional Coordinator
Dennis is a Willamette Valley Regional Coordinator for Classroom Law Project. He retired Plaintiff personal injury and product liability attorney, an active member of the Oregon State Bar, and a guest teacher in the Eugene 4J school district. Dennis earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California in Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Oregon. He also received an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Oregon, and is trained in mediation, crisis intervention, and restorative justice. Dennis has coached Mock Trial for almost a decade and created the website mocktrialstrategies.com to help teachers and coaches start and maintain high school Mock Trial teams. His interests include writing, mycology, ornithology, spending time with his family, and hiking.
Alex Herrera - Office Coordinator
Originally from Denver, Office Coordinator Alex Herrera is a graduate from Portland State University with a degree in political science & Black studies. Their thesis was on state surveillance & social services. When not at work or studying, Alex enjoys reading, sitting in the sun, & playing with their cats.