National Coalition to

Abolish the Death Penalty

90 million Americans believe the death penalty is wrong. We mobilize them to end the death penalty state by state.
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Executive Director and Board of Directors

Diann Rust-TierneyDiann Rust-Tierney

Executive Director

Diann Rust-Tierney became the Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in 2004.  She is an experienced non-profit manager with thirty years of public policy and litigation advocacy.  She manages the operations of the organization and directs programs for the organization and its 100 affiliate organizations seeking to change public policy on the death penalty.

Previously, Rust-Tierney served as the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project.  Before that, she served as the Chief Legislative Counsel, and Associate Director of the Washington Office of the American Civil Liberties Union.  There she supervised six senior legislative counsel and lobbyists and managed the civil rights and civil liberties legislative program.  During her tenure at the ACLU, she was the lead advocate on capital punishment on Capitol Hill, coordinating a coalition of national organizations on the issue.  She was also the lead lobbyist on a broad portfolio of issues ranging from criminal justice policy, women’s rights, civil rights and legislation to enhance and protect individual rights regardless of sexual orientation.

Prior to joining the staff at the ACLU, she engaged in litigation and public policy advocacy to advance the rights of women and girls at the National Women’s Law Center.  Rust-Tierney received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her law degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.


Barbar ArnwineBarbara Arnwine

Vice Chair

Barbara R. Arnwine serves as Vice Chair of the NCADP Board of Directors. Ms. Arnwine has served as the President and Executive Director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989. Her work was instrumental in leading to the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, and she has served in numerous other prestigious capacities, including international civil, human and women's rights matters. She is a member of the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and Vice-Chair of Equal Justice Works. She is a graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law.


Ed Fichter

Vice Chair

Ed Fichter serves as a Vice Chair of the NCADP Board of Directors and on its Development Committee. Mr. Fichter is currently Vice President of Development with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He was formerly the VP for Development and Communications with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Mr. Fichter has been credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive.


Steve Hall

Steve Hall is a member of the NCADP Board of Directors and the founding director of The StandDown Texas Project, which identifies and advocates best practices in the indigent criminal justice system, with a particular focus on capital punishment. Mr. Hall was the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Texas, and an administrator at the Texas Resource Center. Hall has worked for state representatives, the U.S. Congress, and served as director of communication for two statewide political campaigns in Texas. Prior to his work in public affairs and media relations, Mr. Hall was a journalist and the recipient of an Associated Press Broadcasters award for investigative journalism. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and Management of Nonprofit Organization certification from the University of Texas Professional Development Center. Mr. Hall is an associate member of the American Bar Association. He has produced several Continuing Legal Education programs on capital punishment issues in association with the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar of Texas.


Shemika Skipworth


Shemika Skipworth serves as NCADP’s Treasurer and Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee. Ms. Skipworth is a consultant in nonprofit finance and administration for Worth Financial Services and she brings 15 years of corporate and nonprofit finance and administration leadership experience to NCADP. She helps nonprofits of all sizes develop high-functioning operational systems, HR policies, financial management systems, and deep reserves. Shemika adapts profitability models to nonprofits to build long-term sustainability. She recently served as Director of Finance and Administration at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA.


Veronica Jarrett

Veronica Jarrett is a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Finance & Audit Committee. Ms. Jarrett is a financial operation professional and sees her mission in the community as building financially strong organizations. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Food Bank for New York City where she is responsible for the organization’s fiscal oversight and financial administration. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Ms. Jarrett was the Chief Financial Officer of Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. in Florida where she had oversight of risk management matters as well as the financial administration. She has more than twenty-six years of accounting and audit experience in the public accounting, government, private and non-profit industries and has served within the non-profit arena since 1999. She teaches budgeting, cash management and small business accounting through local community organizations and churches in New York, New Jersey and Florida.


Norman L. Reimer

Norman L. ReimerNorman L. Reimer is a member of the NCADP Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he leads a professional staff serving 10,000 direct members and 90 local, state and international affiliate organizations. Mr. Reimer practiced law for 28 years, most recently at Gould Reimer Walsh Goffin Cohn LLP. A criminal defense lawyer throughout his career, with expertise in trial and appellate advocacy in both state and federal jurisdictions, Mr. Reimer is also a recognized leader of the organized bar. In addition, Mr. Reimer served on the federal Criminal Justice Panels for the Southern District of New York, where he was certified to represent criminal defendants in felony prosecutions, capital prosecution and habeas corpus proceedings. He was also certified by the New York State Capital Defender to handle death penalty prosecutions in the New York State courts. Mr. Reimer served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he taught Trial Practice from 1990 until 2004. He earned both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees at New York University.