Our staff attorneys are valuable sources on many topics of interest to the media. For journalists who wish to speak with an Justice in Aging expert, please call Communications Director Vanessa Barrington at (510) 256-1200.
Kevin Prindiville is Justice in Aging’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefits. Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He also is quoted often in national and California media. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Prindiville worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia where he represented low-income individuals having trouble obtaining health care. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, San Diego. Kevin is admitted to the California Bar.
Jennifer Goldberg is Justice in Aging’s Deputy Director, based in the Washington D.C. office. In this role, she works internally and externally to coordinate strategy, planning and evaluation across all of Justice in Aging’s programs. She also provides leadership for the National Center on Law and Elder Rights. Previously, Jennifer directed the Justice in Aging Health Team. Her teaching experience includes serving as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Justice in Aging in 2015, she was the Director of Advocacy for Elder Law and Health Care at Maryland Legal Aid. Jennifer spent fourteen years in legal services, advocating for low-income older adults on Medicaid, long-term care, income security, housing, and consumer issues. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from 2011 – 2015. Jennifer received a JD from Harvard Law School; and a LL.M. in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.
Amber is Directing Attorney of the Justice in Aging Health Team, and is based in the Los Angeles office. She develops and implements projects and initiatives that improve access to health care and long-term services and supports for low-income older adults across the country. Amber is a lecturer at UCLA School of Law, teaching Public Interest for the externship program. Prior to joining Justice in Aging in 2013, Amber worked for Legal Aid of Western Missouri as Director of the Medical Legal Partnership at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to taking that position, she worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid focusing primarily on representing clients with Social Security appeals and consumer issues. Amber is admitted to the California, Missouri, and Illinois bars and is a 2006 graduate of Washington University School of Law. She received her BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Tracey Gronniger is the Directing Attorney for Justice in Aging’s Economic Security team and is based in the Washington, DC office. She spent nearly ten years as a senior staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, in its Bureau of Consumer Protection. While there, she litigated a variety of cases to halt fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices, including actions to stop fake Medicare schemes, government grant scams, and phony business opportunities. She also coordinated the Bureau’s Legal Services Collaboration and Every Community Initiative, which seek to ensure that the agency meets the consumer protection needs of underserved and at risk consumers, including older Americans. In that role she worked with a wide range of legal services organizations and community advocates to identify and address pressing consumer protection issues, and to respond to their needs for relevant training, information, and resources. Tracey is currently an At-Large Director on the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Board of Directors and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Tracey received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and graduated from Harvard University.
Vanessa leads communications and individual fundraising for Justice in Aging from the Oakland, CA office. She’s focused on increasing the visibility of Justice in Aging as a national leader in ensuring all older adults can age in justice, and amplifying the work of Justice in Aging’s lawyers to defend and broaden access to health care and economic security programs for low income older adults. She oversees all online communications, public relations, social media, fundraising communications, and publications. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
Eric has broad experience in many forms of long-term services and supports (LTSS), including home and community-based services, nursing facility care, and assisted living facilities. He led Justice in Aging’s extensive research (funded through The Commonwealth Fund) on Medicaid-funded assisted living and currently is leading a project to assist consumer advocacy on Medicaid managed LTSS in Florida and New Jersey. He counsels attorneys from across the country and co-counsels litigation on consumers’ behalf. Mr. Carlson serves as President of the national Assisted Living Consumer Alliance and is author of the legal treatise Long-Term Care Advocacy (Matthew Bender and Co.).
Natalie joined Justice in Aging as a Staff Attorney in April 2017 and is based in the D.C. office. As part of the Heath Care team, she advocates to defend and improve health safety net programs for older adults. Natalie’s background is in ensuring people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations have access to care through Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces, and other federal programs. Prior to moving to D.C., Natalie lived in the Philippines for two years as a volunteer with Life Project 4 Youth. She previously served as a law clerk to a US Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Georgia and holds a JD with a Certificate in Health Law from Saint Louis University and a bachelor in Economics from the University of Wyoming.
Kate joined Justice in Aging’s Income Team in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Washington, DC office and works on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income-related issues. She was formerly staff attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau in Riverdale, MD where she was an advocate for low-income older adults and persons with disabilities. In her previous positions, Kate worked as an attorney at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Bread for the City Legal Clinic in Washington, DC as well as at Doherty, Cella, Keane and Associates, LLP. She has also served as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Northern California. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Patti is Justice in Aging’s Senior Staff Attorney focusing on housing, and is based in the Oakland, CA office. She focuses on issues of housing retention and homelessness prevention for California’s low-income seniors. Before Justice in Aging, Patti worked at the Child Care Law Center, ensuring that all California’s children benefit from good, safe, affordable child care. While at the Public Interest Law Project, she engaged in public benefit impact litigation including Parent Voices Oakland v. Calif. Dept. of Education, halting the termination of CalWORKs Stage 3 subsidized child care for 56,000 low-income children; and Hartley v. Calif. Dept. of Social Services, ending the practice of collecting from children the welfare debts incurred by their parents. Patti’s legal services experience spans 27 years, most recently as Director of Litigation, at Community Legal Aid in Massachusetts. She has extensive experience litigating individual and class actions in state and federal court in the areas of public benefits, health care, fair housing and workers’ rights. Patti has taught courses on Welfare Law and Social Policy, Family Law, and Labor and Employment Law. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Claire Ramsey joined Justice in Aging’s Health Care team in June 2016 and is based in Oakland, California. Claire formerly worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County where she represented seniors on issues involving health care, public benefits, and elder abuse. Prior to Legal Aid, Claire worked at Child Care Law Center, first as an Equal Justice Works fellow and then as a staff attorney. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 with a concentration on Public Interest Law. Claire received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University.