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 Administrator

Prior to joining the Impact Fund as the Grant Program Administrator, 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.

 

Kellye Denson - Paralegal

Kellye’s desire to empower people by providing them with information began when she was a teenage reporter for a radio program in the Bay Area.  She received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University, and following graduation, worked as a reporter and anchor in the news department at KPFA radio in Berkeley. Kellye also worked in commercial radio providing news and traffic reports for local stations. Kellye completed a paralegal certification program at SFSU, Extended Learning. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, and getting as much exposure to the arts as possible.

 

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.

 
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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 - Accountant

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.

 

Mary Zhou - Development & Executive Assistant

Mary graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in English and minor in Theater. She worked primarily in publishing and theater before making the transition to the world of law. She is always passionate about and excited to be exploring new means of activism and empowering marginalized communities. She grew up in Canada and enjoys traveling, exploring nature, and above all, drinking tea.