Our Board – International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law

Nancy J. Newman, Founder and President

iANGEL-027Nancy J. Newman is a partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, where she specializes in real estate and commercial litigation. A lifelong advocate for justice, Nancy worked full-time for the United Farm Workers Union while still in high school. At age 17, she successfully organized the workers of Pizzaland Restaurant, in Dublin, Ireland, to obtain better wages and union representation – an event recounted in a song by Malvina Reynolds. She received her JD, Order of the Coif, from UC Davis School of Law at age 23. As an attorney, she worked with other women lawyers to promote gender equity through Queen’s Bench. As president of Queen’s Bench in 1996, she expanded its influence on legislative and policy initiatives, and collaborated with other bar, professional, and women’s organizations to strengthen the movement for equality in law and society. In 1997, Nancy joined the board of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, becoming its president for 2001-2002, and promoting its engagement with women lawyers around the world – an initiative started by board member Mary Wolverton. Since leading the NCWBA, Nancy has been speaking and networking on gender equity issues in the Unites States and abroad, including as Special Envoy for California Women Lawyers to an international conference on women’s rights in Nigeria, at the invitation of advisory board member Stella Odife. The Boalt Hall Women’s Association at UC Berkeley Law awarded Nancy with the 2015 “Women Advancing the Law” practitioner award.  Nancy was featured in California Women Lawyers December 2015 newsletter’s “Who is CWL?” article, and maintains a blog on the Ms. JD website


Janka Dubakova, Treasurer

Janka DubakovaJanka Dubakova was born and raised in Slovakia, and immigrated to the United States in 2002. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, she received her Juris Doctorate in 2009 from Hastings College of the Law, and now works for Farallon Capital Management, LLC. in San Francisco.

As a result of her experiences as a teenager during the fall of the socialist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, Janka is passionate about international human rights, and is committed to working to promote equal rights, opportunities, and freedom around the world. 




Rebecca Hooley, Vice-President

Rebecca Hooley

Rebecca Hooley, is a graduate of Columbia Law School and is a deputy County Counsel for Contra Costa County. A dedicated advocate for women’s rights, she has been involved with Queen’s Bench for 10 years and was its president in 2012. Prior to her legal career, she lived in Central America and worked for a Guatemalan human rights organization. She joined the board of IANGEL to expand her work for gender equity to the national and international arena.








Tzili Mor, Director

bc8fbc434b6a6449eb46807be72f7203.squareTzili Mor, JD, MS, LLM is the Director of the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. Tzili has more than 15 years of experience in international, regional, and national-level advocacy on women’s rights, having worked in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  Mor previously worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Amnesty International, International Development Law Organization, the Center for Reproductive Rights, was a fellow and acting director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law. Most recently, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and the Center for the Study of Women.  Recent articles by Tzili Mor include: On Women’s Equality Day, Why Agitating for Gender Equity Still Matters (August 2015); and Women’s Rights and Customary Wrongs (August 2015).




pontikesRebecca G.Pontikes, Director

Rebecca G. Pontikes is the founder of Pontikes Law, LLC. Her firm represents employees in all areas of employment law, including gender and family responsibility discrimination, sexual harassment, family and medical leave issues and wage statutes. She is an experienced speaker on employment law to bar associations and organizations that promote women’s rights in the workplace, and a frequent writer of amicus briefs in support of employment rights. Ms. Pontikes is on the board of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, and chaired the solo and small firm committee for ten years. She is a past member of the Boards of Directors of Deana’s Fund, devoted to education against dating violence, and the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is a dedicated political activist for the underprivileged, and writes letters to the editor, using her accomplished advocacy skills to promote justice and equal rights.





Jolynn Shoemaker, Director

Jolynn Shoemaker is an expert on women’s participation and gender mainstreaming in international peace and security. She has been on the forefront of a growing women, peace, and security movement to ensure that women have an equal voice in policy decisions and institutions that impact rights and opportunities in their countries. She has advocated to increase women’s participation in all stages of peace processes and promoted gender sensitivity in such areas as rule of law. She has served in leadership positions and as a consultant to many organizations dedicated to these topics, including as the former executive director of Women in International Security (WIIS). She also has held policy and legal positions in the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense, focusing on human rights and post-conflict security issues. She holds a J.D. and M.A. from Georgetown University. Recent articles by Jolynn Shoemaker includes Does Americas National Security Need a Feminist Movement (February 2016). 



iANGEL-035Mary Wolverton, Secretary

Mary Wolverton is an accomplished trial lawyer and partner of the law firm of Peterson, Johnson, & Murray, S.C., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she handles medical malpractice litigation. A staunch advocate for women and justice, Mary was a founding mother of Wisconsin’s Association for Women Lawyers, and is a past president Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin. She led the NCWBA as president from 2000-2001, during which time she expanded the NCWBA’s networking and connection to other women’s bar associations around the world.