Staff

Executive Director 
Surinder Bobbin Singh 
singh@ojrc.org

Bobbin is the founding Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, which he co- founded in 2011. He manages the OJRC, oversees staff, volunteers and all programs, and serves as its principal spokesperson. Working with the Board of Directors, he sets policy and direction for the OJRC. 

J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School
B.S., Portland State University

 L to R: Barry Scheck, Ali Vander Zanden

 L to R: Barry Scheck, Ali Vander Zanden

Senior Policy Strategist
Ali Vander Zanden
ali@ojrc.org

Ali Vander Zanden is the Senior Policy Strategist for OJRC, where she is currently managing and coordinating all of OJRC’s policy work on repealing and replacing the death penalty in Oregon. From a Feb. to July of 2014, Ali led key stakeholders in the abolition movement through an assessment process, identifying all of the potential paths to repeal and replace the death penalty in law or practice.  As the former Interim Executive Director of EqualityMaine, Ali led planning, fundraising, advocacy and programs to advance the organization's mission of full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  Ali values working in coalition and has built and led coalitions for legislative, public education and ballot measure campaigns, including the Mainers United for Marriage coalition that supported the successful effort to win same-sex marriage in Maine.  She has been deeply involved in legislative advocacy on a wide range of issues as Political Director for EqualityMaine and Health Care Organizer for the Maine People's Alliance, including health care, non-discrimination, equality for transgender people, and safe schools for LGBTQ youth.

Ali is the only fulltime staff in Oregon dedicated to the abolition effort. 

Legal Director, Oregon Innocence Project 
Steve Wax 
J.D. , Harvard Law School, cum laude
A.B.Colgate University, cum laude

 

Wax served as Oregon’s Federal Defender from 1983 to Sept, 2014, and was one of the longest-serving public defenders in the country. A cum laude graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, he was a key part of the Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney's prosecution of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "The Son of Sam."  Wax and his Federal Defender team successfully represented six men formerly held as "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo. He has taught at Lewis & Clark Law School, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country.  Wax has been honored for his work by, among other groups, the NACDL (2004 President's Commendation), American Jewish Committee (Oregon Chapter 2007 Judge Learned Hand Award), ACLU (Oregon 2007 Civil Rights Award), Federal Bar Association (National 2010 Hon. Sarah Hughes Civil Rights Award and Oregon 2010 Hon. James M. Burns Professionalism Award), and American Constitution Society (Oregon Chapter 2014 Justice Hans Linde Civil Liberties Award). Wax was invited to present the 2009 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Kafka Comes To America, Wax's book about his work representing Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield and the men in Guantanamo, has won four national awards, including the prestigious ABA Silver Gavel.