Our Team

STAFF

Clare Gilbert
Executive Director
As Executive Director, Clare Gilbert leads the organization while focusing on litigation, policy and board development. Her work on GIP’s Joey Watkins case was featured for seven months in 2016/17 on the popular Undisclosed podcast.
Prior to joining GIP, Clare worked for six years as a public defender in Snohomish County, Washington, and before that as a public interest lawyer representing nonprofits with Smith and Lowney, PLLC, and as a policy lawyer at the Government Accountability Project. Clare also has the unfortunate distinction of working as the victim advocate on the prosecution team that secured wrongful sexual assault convictions against four women now known as the San Antonio Four (all exonerated in 2016). Clare graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and Vassar College, and has been at GIP in various roles since April 2015. When not fighting wrongful convictions, Clare enjoys hiking and mushroom hunting with her husband, two small kids and very noisy beagle.
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Matt Holbrook
Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Matt Holbrook manages the organization’s finances, operations, IT and human resources, and provides administrative supervision and support for interns.
Matt defines success in his role as creating a culture of organizational excellence, and developing tools and processes to form a solid foundation from which GIP can most effectively advance its mission. Matt joined GIP in November of 2016. He previously worked as business manager at a small contracting company, where he handled everything from customer relations to supply chain logistics. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2015, where he worked in the law library at UNM's School of Law. Matt is a sci-fi lover, contemporary board game enthusiast, and casual musician.
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Raylynn Hughes
Intake Manager
As Intake Coordinator, Raylynn Hughes is responsible for assessing and responding to inmate and other requests for GIP’s assistance, and managing cases through our intake screening process.
Raylynn joined GIP in December 2016, thanks to generous support from GIP's Georgia Gives Day donors. Before coming to GIP, Raylynn worked as a Librarian and Continuing Education Services Coordinator for DeKalb County Public Library, in Decatur, GA. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and her Master of Librarianship from Emory University. Raylynn is fluent in Spanish. She picked up running as a sport when she previously worked as a manager the Atlanta Track Club, and she still goes out for morning runs and weekend races.
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Jennifer Whitfield
Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney, Jennifer Whitfield represents individual GIP clients in every stage of their search for post-conviction relief.  Jennifer is responsible for investigating innocence claims, petitioning Courts for DNA testing where appropriate, and pursuing every legal and extrajudicial remedy available for the wrongfully convicted.

Prior to joining GIP, Jennifer worked for nearly four years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Jennifer worked with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and she was responsible for managing dozens of cases from the investigation stage through appeal. Before moving to Atlanta in 2014, Jennifer learned how to be a lawyer at Covington & Burling, LLP, in Washington, D.C. There, Jennifer worked on a team that secured the release of a wrongfully convicted man from Alabama’s death row. Jennifer was a Clarence Darrow scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, and she completed undergrad at Duke University. When not seeking justice, Jennifer loves hiking in the mountains with her husband and two small kids, and she is known to lose track of hours perusing books in a local bookstore or library.
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Adam McClay
Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney, Adam McClay investigates and litigates claims of actual innocence on behalf of wrongfully convicted individuals in Georgia and Alabama, and has the opportunity to work with GIP's interns and volunteers.

Adam came to GIP from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he was, most recently, a law clerk to Hon. Frank M. Hull, and before that a staff attorney for the Court. Prior to coming to the Eleventh Circuit, Adam worked for five and a half years as a litigator at Sidley Austin, LLP, in New York. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, a master's degree in literature from the University of Oxford, and his bachelor's degree from Amherst College.  Adam has been struggling to learn the guitar for several years now, frequently wins at bar trivia, and is a sucker for classic travel and adventure nonfiction.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CURRENT

Walter Jospin - Board Chair

Julie Seaman - Former Board Chair

David Balser

Mark Hackner

David Sarnat

Robert Sheft

Wendy Shoob

Garret Van de Grift

EMERITUS

Emmet J. Bondurant

James C. Bonner, Jr.

Bobby Lee Cook

Charles K. Edmondson, Jr.

September Guy, Co-Founder

Jill G. Polster, Co-Founder

Greg Hampikian, Ph.D.

John R. Martin