Impact Fund Staff Profiles
Jocelyn Larkin - Executive Director
Ms. Larkin's practice focuses on complex employment discrimination and class action practice on behalf of plaintiffs. Ms. Larkin has served as class counsel in many major class actions, including Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., Parra v. Bashas’ Inc, Williams v. City of Antioch, and Stender v. Lucky Stores. For many years, Ms. Larkin spearheaded the Impact Fund’s complex litigation training program, including the development of its Class Action Training Institute and its annual Class Action Conference.
Ms. Larkin is a frequent speaker and author on issues concerning class actions, employment law, ethics and civil rights. Ms. Larkin is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and the UCLA School of Law. Ms. Larkin is the past co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee and a member of the ABA Federal Practice Task Force.
Teddy Basham-Witherington - Deputy Director
Teddy joined the Impact Fund team in October 2014, with an extensive background in non-profit management and marketing - most recently as Chief Marketing Officer at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (2007–2012), as Executive Director of San Francisco LGBT Pride (1997–2006), and as the Festival Producer of the London LGBT Pride Festival (1992-1997).
He has served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau (2000-2003).
He started his professional life as a paralegal at the law firms of Taylor Wessing (1980-1989) and Hamlins (1989-1992) in London, England, specializing in trusts and charities. While at Taylor Wessing he earned the firm a Legal 500 recommendation for Court of Protection work.
Teddy’s culinary skills are renowned and he was the food writer at San Francisco Bay Times (2005-2012).
Amy Daniewicz - Grant Program Director
Prior to joining the Impact Fund, Amy worked in a similar capacity for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where she managed grants supporting children in the Austin community. Prior to that, Amy worked as a non-profit communications director, an entrepreneur, and a blogger. Amy holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity University.
Amy’s favorite joys in life are spending time with her husband and three children, making and eating good food with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of nature.
Linda Gordon - Grant Specialist
Linda graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in history and worked on several projects at the intersection of social justice, legal advocacy, and the arts. Linda has worked for immigrant rights and social justice nonprofits and is a collaborator on human rights education curriculum. Linda interned with us in the summer of 2017 through the Yale Law School Kaye-Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship and we're excited that she has returned as a permanent member of the staff. Originally from Los Angeles, Linda is excited to be in the Bay Area and support communities through the work of the Impact Fund.
Ashley LaFranchi - Development & Executive Assistant
Ashley began her career in non-profit development with a focus on social and environmental sustainability after attending the University of Nevada, Reno where she double majored in the areas of biology and natural resources (B.S., 2017). Prior to joining the Impact Fund in 2019, Ashley worked in a similar capacity at educational institutions and as a grant writer for non-profit organizations. Ashley’s favorite activities include exploring nature and spending time with her dog.
David Nahmias - Law Fellow
A 2018 graduate of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, David served as a Supervising Editor of the California Law Review and the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. He also worked with the International Human Rights Law Clinic, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., Legal Aid at Work, the East Bay Community Law Center, and as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Hon. Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California. He is the author of The Changemaker Lawyer: Innovating the Legal Profession for Social Change, 106 Calif. L. Rev. 101 (2018). Before law school, David worked for five years at Ashoka, a global non-profit organization supporting social entrepreneurship in Washington D.C. and Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar. He graduated in 2010 from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude with a degree in International Relations and Spanish.
David’s Fellowship Project, focused on serving low-income and underserved LGBTQ communities in California’s Central Valley, is made possible by the generous support of Justice Catalyst.
Lindsay Nako - Director of Litigation and Training
Lindsay has spent her career representing employees in employment discrimination and employee benefits class actions, including cases brought on behalf of employees and job applicants alleging discrimination based on race, nationality, and gender; pension plan participants and beneficiaries arising from imprudent investment of plan assets; and employees who have suffered illegal vacation pay forfeitures. She currently serves as class counsel in the nation-wide gender discrimination class action, Ellis v. Costco Wholesale.
Lindsay graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Highest Honors from University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2001), and received her law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2005). Before joining the Impact Fund, Lindsay was a shareholder at the Oakland-based law firm Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C. She also has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on class action and employment litigation issues.
Lindsay was named a "Top Woman Attorney in Northern California" and "Northern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine and San Francisco Magazine each year from 2009 to 2015, and received the East Bay Community Law Center's annual Attorney Award in 2012. She is a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Daniel Nesbit - Law Fellow
Daniel joined the Impact Fund after graduating from Stanford Law School (J.D. 2017). Before Stanford Law, he studied international relations and political science at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 2013) and worked on international development projects in Malawi, Qatar, and India. During law school, Daniel represented children with disabilities to protect their educational rights as a clinical student and interned in both local government and within the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Now a happy California transplant, he tries to get out on local trails as much as possible.
Jason Soto - HR/Finance Manager
Jason has managed finances for corporations and non-profits in both New York and California, including Dagher Engineering, a New York firm committed to developing sustainable designs intended to reduce and reuse energy and water resources. In California, he has worked for several 501(c) organizations dedicated to making a difference in society. A native New Yorker, Jason now enjoys volunteering at Grid Alternative, spending time with his family, and exploring the natural and cultural wonders of the great state of California.
Kat Vidt - Legal Assistant
Kat joined the Impact Fund in 2018 after several years of working as a freelance writer and editor in the Bay Area. Before that, she studied social theory at Harvard University (B.A., 2013) and worked at the University of California, Berkeley and at various California law firms. Kat is an amateur musician and often enjoys cooking and nature walks around the East Bay.