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About Constitutional Rights Foundation

Our Mission

Our Mission

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors chosen from the worlds of law, business, government, education, the media, and the community, CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.Federal Tax Id: 95-2219680 | Tax exempt status: 501(c)(3)

CRF staff includes teachers and educators, lawyers, community organizers and fundraisers, designers, writers, and editors. They provide technical assistance and training to teachers, coordinate civic participation projects in schools and communities, organize student conferences and competitions, and develop publications in the following areas:

  • Law and Government programs and materials focus on how groups and individuals interact with the issues, institutions, people and processes that shape our laws and government.
  • Civic Participation programs and materials bring to life the rights and responsibilities of active citizenship by challenging young people to explore their community and plan and implement projects that address community needs.

Get to know more about Constitutional Rights Foundation by looking over our Annual Report. Contact our staff. Explore our Programs section to learn how CRF translates its visions into reality. Turn to the Publications page to survey our catalog offering materials in Government, U.S. and World History, Business, and Civic Participation. Tour our Support section to learn how we keep our vital work moving ahead, or check out the CRF Calendar. Click here to read about our history and how we got started.

Do you have any questions about CRF Programs or Publications? Do you want to reach a particular CRF staff member?

Download a copy of CRF's brochure.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

All Directors are independent, voting members. Updated March, 2017.xxxxxx

Officers and Executive Committee:

paskach.jpgChristopher H. Paskach
The Claro Group, LLC

bass_leon_wbLeon Bass, Jr.
Vice Chair
Southern California Edison Company

davitt_vin_wbVincent J. Davitt,
Chief Financial Officer
Meylan Davitt Jain Arevian & Kim LLP

levin_jamescC. James Levin
Winston & Strawn LLP

stern_b.jpgRobert S. Stern
Immediate Past Chair
Morrison & Foerster LLP

aronoff2010.jpgRobert C. Aronoff
Vice Chair, Audit Committee
Robert C. Aronoff, a Professional Corporation

thomas_dougDouglas A. Thompson
Bryan Cave LLP

beffa_darin_2017Darin T. Beffa
Pierce Sergenian LLP

Calabrese.jpgJoseph A. Calabrese
Latham & Watkins LLP

DUNNEKimberly A. Dunne
Sidley Austin LLP

Jackson_warren_cmykT. Warren Jackson

Kronstadt.jpgHon. John A. Kronstadt
U. S. District Court

morrison_peterPeter B. Morrison
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

shutlet_gene.jpg K. Eugene Shutler

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alexander_shannon_wb Shannon Alexander
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

JamesCrpSm.jpgJames M. Aquilina
Stroz Friedberg

Arnault2E Jane Arnault-Factor, Ph.D.
JurEcon, Inc.

photo_notVikas Arora
Avery Dennison Corporation

Braverman_a.jpgAlan N. Braverman
The Walt Disney Company


Gabriel Brakin
Participant Media

brooks_kelliKelli Brooks

Nadine changNadine Chang
CBRE Group, Inc.

collins_dawnDawn T. Collins
Ogletree Deakins

cooper_scottScott P. Cooper

dimeglio_davidDavid J. DiMeglio
Jones Day


Joseph Duffy
Morgan Lewis Bockius

gregory_evans-article-201504011610Gregory L. Evans
McGuireWoods LLP

Daniel Floyd
Sony Entertainment

photo_notDennis Franks
Twentieth Century Fox Film

friedman_talyaTalya Z. Friedman
Jackson Lewis P.C.

gillespie_margaret2Margaret H. Gillespie
Littler Mendelson P.C. 

Kate S. Gold
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

gordon_jonathan2Jonathan M. Gordon
Alston & Bird LLP

grant_samanthaSamantha C. Grant
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
sragow_darryChristopher Handman

heath_leviLevi Heath
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

hinds_elliotElliot Hinds
Crowell & Moring LLP

photo_notRoss Higman

kempinsky.jpgLouis E. Kempinsky
Kempinsky Law Ltd.

Jackie LaceyJackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney
lee_joseph_wJoseph D. Lee
Chair, Audit Committee
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

lens_molly_2017Molly Lens
O’Melveny & Myers

lo_jasonJason Lo
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Brian Marler
Houlihan Lokey

meisinger_louHon. Louis Meisinger (Ret.)
ADR Services, Inc.

title_gail_midgGail Migdal Title
ADR Services, Inc.

olson_Gary110x118 Gary Olsen


Gregory N. Pimstone
Co-Chair, Spring Dinner Committee
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

privette_howard_2016Howard M. Privette
Greenberg Gross LLP
pulgasi_fredFred R. Puglisi
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Rogan_new.jpgPatrick G. Rogan

ruhland_christopherChristopher S. Ruhland
Dechert LLP

ryan_tom.jpgThomas A. Ryan
Chair, Planned Giving Committee
McDermott Will & Emery

sacks_robert.jpgRobert A. Sacks
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Peggy Saferstein
College Circuit

scottjJeff E. Scott
Chair, Spring Dinner Committee
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

sherrodDanielle Sherrod
Aerospace Corporation


Gregory P. Stone
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP


Darry Sragow


Hon. Marjorie Steinberg (Ret.)
tomkins_sSharon Tomkins
Southern California Gas Company

photo_notDanielle Weir
Co-Chair, Spring Dinner Committee
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

wilcox_keishaKeisha Wilcox
Wells Fargo Private Bank

tc_2008.jpgTodd Clark
Executive Director Emeritus

Emeritus Board

Emeritus Board

Membership on CRF’s Emeritus Board recognizes those individuals who made meritorious contributions to the mission of the Foundation and the young people we serve during their tenures on our Board of Directors.

Bette Bardeen Joel Feuer Richard Kolodny Thomas Pfister
Nestor Barrero Hon. Raymond Fisher David Laufer Burt Pines
Hon. William Bogaard Alan C. Friedman Leslie Lobaugh Donald Randle
Ronald Beard Hon. Haley Fromholz Lloyd Loomis Lisa Rockwell
Robert Carlson Gregory Gelfan Christian Markey II Alan I. Rothenberg
Jerome Coben Hon. Ronald George Sharon Matsumoto Marvin Sears
Knox Cologne Stephen N. Goldberg Richard Maxwell W. Davis Smith
John Cooke Hon. Terry Hatter Hon. Dorothy Nelson Susan J. Troy
James De Meules Roderick Hills Hon. William Norris John Vandevelde
Louis P. Eatman Laurence Hutt Dian Ogilvie Daniel Willick
Dr. Philip Fagan Jane Jelenko Peter Ostroff Hon. Arleigh Woods
Joseph Keller Michael Owen Peg Yorkin

Legacy Society

Legacy Society

Securing the future of Constitutional Rights Foundation

We acknowledge with enormous gratitude those who have pledge to include CRF in ther estate planning.

Robert C. Aronoff
Ronald Beard
Joseph A. Calabrese
Knox Cologne
Marshall L. Croddy
Vincent J. Davitt
Kimberly A. Dunne
Louis P. Eatman
Alan C. Friedman

Hon. Haley J. Fromholz
Jonathan M. Gordon
Christopher H. Paskach
Thomas Pfister
Thomas A. Ryan
K. Eugene Shutler
Hon. Marjorie Steinberg
Robert S. Stern

Endowment Builders

Since 1990, CRF has been fortunate to receive a number of endowments given by people who share our passion for civic education and support our mission, teaching young people how to be engaged citizens in our democracy.CRF acknowledges with enormous gratitude past presidents who established endowments at CRF: Jerome C. Byrne, James A. Cobey, and Alan I. Rothenberg; to past board members, Jack Stutman and Robert Rosenstiel; and to our long-time supporters Phyllis and Robert Henigson for their continuing Life Income Gifts. We would also like to recognize Dr. Jama Laurent and the board of directors of the Creative Kids Foundation for establishing an endowment allowing CRF to place students as interns in arts organizations in Los Angeles. To all of you, a very special thank you. Most of all, we would like to send out a loud cheer and celebrate our champion of champions, Lloyd M. Smith, who throughout his life embodied the highest ideals of American democracy and believed in the importance that all young people be educated about their constitutional heritage. It was Lloyd who established the CRF Endowment Builders Program, ensuring that CRF’s mission continue long into the future.To all of our friends, supporters, and donors, and to those people who have indicated that they will remember CRF in their will or by bequest: We thank you for your generosity and for the trust you have given us. Most important, we thank you on behalf of the students of tomorrow who will have opportunities to learn about and celebrate our Constitution and its Bill of Rights for generations to come.Contact us to discuss possible bequests or endowment to CRF.


Annual Reports and Financials

Annual Reports

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Financial Statements

Latest Audited Financials | Latest IRS Form 990

Note: Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Audit Committee operates independently from its Finance Committee.

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Executive Staff


p1020026aMarshall Croddy, President   
Marshall Croddy assumed the position of President of CRF in February 2013. Croddy previously served as Vice President. He is an attorney and has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1976. Croddy is a nationally recognized leader in the field of law-related and civics education. He has designed, edited, and co-written most of CRF's educational texts and publications including the Law in the Social Studies series, Criminal Justice in America, Letters of Liberty, Foundations of Freedom, Reviewing the Verdict, Active Citizenship Today, The W.M. Keck Foundation Challenge Series, CityWorks, and Bill of Rights in Action, a nationally distributed curricular newsletter. In the area of program design and implementation, he has helped create numerous educational programs for Constitutional Rights Foundation and other organizations, most notably, the 1991 Southern California Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Bill of Rights. He has served on the boards of a number of educational and civic organizations. In 2000, he received the American Bar Association's Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education, and in 2007, he was awarded the Roy Erickson Civic Education Leadership Award by the California Council for the Social Studies.

doggett_keri_webnp1020026aKeri Doggett, Director of Programs
With CRF for over 20 years, Keri oversees CRF’s programs and participates in their design and dissemination for elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers. She develops curriculum materials, provides leadership in the design and delivery of CRF teacher professional development, works directly with researchers to evaluate CRF programs, and works with Marshall Croddy and the Board of Directors on fundraising, making new partnerships, and outreach. In her tenure at CRF she has directed national, state, and local programs including History Day, over a dozen Teaching American History projects, and Civic Action Project. Prior to joining CRF, Keri taught for ten years in Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado.


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staff_andrewI am CRF's senior publications manager and have been with CRF since 1991, when I was hired as a program assistant. As publications manager, I oversees the publishing process, from initial conception through completion of print and online publications. I work closely with CRF's president, director of programs, and other key staff to capture program requirements and translate them into practical design solutions as CRF transitions the delivery of content from print to a primarily web based format. I have designed, developed, and maintain 11 of CRF's web sites. I have a degree in political science from California State University Northridge and also a certificate of achievement in marketing from Los Angeles City College. I am a reality courtroom television show junkie and enjoy reading political biographies when time permits.p1020026a
staff_david2My work at CRF has afforded me 13 years of experience providing local, regional, and national trainings to youth, educators, and other professionals seeking ways to integrate civic- and law-related activities into their educational programs. I’m currently on the team for CRF’s Civic Action Project. I also am responsible for filming and editing projects to help promote and showcase CRF programs. I have degrees in political science and history. I haven’t settled on a hobby, but have thus far enjoyed searching for one.


staff_denise2As the development manager for CRF, I manage the individual, corporate, and foundation donor portfolios and work with executive staff and Board of Directors to ensure CRF is exceeding its fundraising goals for the year. For over 15 years, I have been dedicated to working with communities in need and believe that if we want to create change, it is vital to provide quality services and education to empower individuals to make informed, positive decisions. My experience includes administrative and program management, grant writing, and fund development. I grew up in the Bay Area and received my BFA in Photography from San Francisco State University. I enjoy baking and exploring Southern California with my family. When I was younger my mother would recount her experience of working in the fields in the Central Valley. I would really enjoy sharing a meal with my mom and Cesar Chavez, listening to them swap stories.


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p1020026aAt CRF my duties include office administration, recording minutes during meetings, overseeing our Twitter account, database/Internet research, and aiding in event facilitation. While completing my B.A. at University of California, Santa Barbara, I embarked on a brigade to Panama to teach environmental sustainability while working alongside the community of Piriati Embera. My hobbies include playing guitar, running, biking, hiking, and anything that gets me out of the house. If I could have dinner with any historical figure it would be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have always strived to take the nonviolent approach in life and would enjoy sitting down with one of the 20th century’s most influential nonviolent activists.


p1020026aI develop, write, and edit curricular materials for many CRF projects and publications, including Bill of Rights in Action, and I lead professional development sessions for teachers. I also co-direct (with Dr. Peg Hill) the California Three Rs Project for teaching about religion and the First Amendment in public schools. I love learning and have degrees in history, education, and law. I’ve been a middle-school teacher, criminal-defense attorney, and professional mediator. My favorite hobbies are tai chi chuan; playing guitar; and hiking/exploring with my family. The person in history I’d most like to have dinner with would probably be the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus. I bet he’d be a great raconteur, and I might learn what’s in the fragments of his writings that have been missing to this day.


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p1020026aI work on a number of CRF programs, including Mock Trial, Expanding Horizons Internships, and Civic Action Project. I assist with teacher, school, student, attorney, and judge outreach. I also provide support for events and help prepare program and event materials. I earned my B.A. in sociology, with a concentration in peace and conflict studies, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Some of my hobbies are sewing, going to hockey games and concerts, and teaching my dog new tricks. I am an animal lover and I enjoy volunteering with animal rescue groups whenever possible.p1020026a
p1020026aI have over 20 years of experience providing workshops and professional-development sessions for youth, educators, and program staff seeking ways to incorporate civic- and law-related activities into their school or community-based programs. I currently co-direct CRF’s Civic Action Project, which is a web- and standards-based practicum for U.S. government classes. I am a native Angeleno and graduate of East L.A. and Occidental Colleges. In addition to my enduring love for the Los Angeles Dodgers, I enjoy exploring L.A.'s hiking and biking trails from the Pacific Coast Highway to Angeles Crest Highway. 


p1020026aI have been at CRF over 25 years, and I currently direct the Mock Trial Program, which includes the Los Angeles County and California State Finals programs. I work with county coordinators, administrators, teachers, and hundreds of judges and lawyers throughout the state. I also direct the Expanding Horizons Internships program, where I partner with participating job sites and provide guidance for the intensive seminars provided to 80–100 high school students from underserved communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In addition, I am a key contributing member of the History Experience, Civic Action Project, and the redesign of Project LEAD. I also provide workshop sessions at local and state conferences on CRF programs and materials.


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staff_lauraHere at CRF, I am responsible for various law-related education and civic programs. I have 15 years of experience working in civic- and law-related education , as well as extensive experience with program design and implementation, curriculum development, and conducting teacher trainings and volunteer recruitment. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior, and criminology law and society from University of California, Irvine, and I received my law degree from University of Colorado, Boulder. I am also a licensed attorney in both Colorado and California. I love sports and I can be persuaded to do karaoke. I also hope to get a CRF softball team started up in the near future.