Marianna Kosharovsky, Founder & Executive Director
Start Date: 2015
As a volunteer, Marianna Kosharovsky, JD contributes her time, professional expertise and energy to the role of Executive Director. She brings professional and leadership experience across issues of human rights, law and international collaboration in both US and Eastern Europe/Russia. She specializes in driving partnerships to advance efficiency in anti-trafficking efforts through technological tools. Prior to ALIGHT, Ms. Kosharovsky represented victims of labor exploitation and human trafficking at Sanctuary for Families, as well as international corporate clients at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, in New York. She has also worked on human rights development and bridging private sector-nonprofit collaboration in Eastern Europe/Russia at PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law. Ms. Kosharovsky holds a JD from New York University School of Law.
Kristen Berg, Director of Outreach & Partnerships
Start Date: 2015
As a volunteer, Kristen Berg, JD contributes her time, professional expertise and energy to the role of Director of Outreach & Partnerships. She is responsible for overseeing ALIGHT's outreach efforts to, and active engagement with, professionals in the anti-trafficking field as well as the general public. Prior to joining ALIGHT, Ms. Berg worked on anti-trafficking advocacy campaigns for four years at the international human rights organization Equality Now. While there, she worked closely with organizations around the world to reform anti-trafficking laws and collaborated with law firms on impact litigation. Additionally, Ms. Berg has also worked at human rights organizations in Uganda, Nepal and Tanzania, as well as with the United Nations in Cambodia. Ms. Berg holds a JD from New York University School of Law.
Jill Cruickshank, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2016
As a volunteer, Jill Cruickshank, MBA contributes her time, professional expertise and energy to the role of Director of Operations. She is responsible for planning and managing organizational resources, overseeing organizational finances and growing organizational capacity. Ms. Cruickshank's professional experience includes designing ecosystems of technology and procedures to streamline workflow processes and bring about operational efficiency. She now owns a business services firm, which helps small businesses and law practices with their bookkeeping and operations. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado American Marketing Association for eight years. Ms. Cruickshank holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Jill Rennert, Director of Development
Start Date: 2017
As a volunteer, Jill Rennert, JD contributes her time, professional expertise and energy to the role of Director of Development. She is responsible for overseeing ALIGHT's fundraising efforts. Prior to ALIGHT, Ms. Rennert's experience includes work with several nonprofits in a variety of capacities, including as a lawyer, board member, and strategic development consultant. In addition to her nonprofit work, Ms. Rennert worked as a litigator at Skadden Arps Slate Maegher & Flom LLP on matters including corporate governance, securities litigation, and (pro bono) housing discrimination, and as a litigator at Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens. Ms. Rennert holds a JD from New York University School of Law.