Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Announces Leadership Team to Deliver Safety and Justice for All

January 3, 2022

Meg Reiss Will Serve as His Chief Assistant District Attorney

Experienced Team with Proven Record of Promoting Community Safety through Innovation and Reform

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg today announced his Executive team, which will be led by Meg Reiss who will serve as his Chief Assistant District Attorney. Ms. Reiss is a former Brooklyn and Nassau County prosecutor with more than two decades of experience in the courtroom and advancing criminal justice reform.“Meg Reiss is an exceptional lawyer, trailblazing innovator, and inspiring leader who has a proven record of using data, thinking big, and advancing effective reform,” said DA Bragg. “She brings a deep understanding of the challenges we face. I am thrilled she will be joining our team and playing a pivotal role advancing our agenda to deliver public safety and justice for all.” 

Some highlights of the team include:

  • Demonstrated progressive prosecutorial leadership. In addition to Meg Reiss who served as Chief of Social Justice in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY) and Chief of Staff in the Nassau County DA’s Office, the team includes Joyce Smith, who has been serving as Acting Nassau County District Attorney, Leslie Dubeck who has served as General Counsel at NYC Department of Investigations and before that was General Counsel to the Office of the New York Attorney General, and Sherene Crawford, who has been a leader at the Center for Court Innovation
  • Extensive experience on domestic violence and work with survivors.Following up on Bragg’s pledge to overhaul how the office prosecutes intimate partner violence and sex crimes, the team includes Joyce Smith, who for fifteen years specialized in prosecuting domestic violence cases in Queens, eventually elevated to the role of Unit Chief in the Special Prosecutions Division, Sherene Crawford, who spent nearly a decade working with survivors of intimate partner violence at the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and Safe Horizon, and Peter Pope, who helped author one of the most comprehensive human trafficking laws laws in the nation.
  • Attorneys returning to DANY. The Executive team includes a number of attorneys who got their start at DANY and are coming back to be part of the change, including Sherene Crawford, Susan Hoffinger, Peter Pope, and Chanterelle Sung.
  • Commitment to community engagement. To strengthen the ties between the DA’s office and the many different communities it represents, the team includes Jordan Stockdale and Richie Fife, and Joyce Smith, who served as Nassau County Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Community Relations Division.

DA Bragg added, “We have brought together an exceptional group of highly experienced professionals, including leaders who have worked in this office, led other offices, and bring real life experiences to help reimagine DANY to deliver safety and justice for all.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to join Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan District Attorney team and look forward to working with them to advance innovative reforms in the criminal legal system to protect community safety,” said Meg Reiss. “I’ve spent my career helping to keep communities and families safe, and I have seen firsthand how the work of prosecutors can not only prevent crime but also improve relationships between the justice system and those it serves. Alvin Bragg is ready to lead this change and I’m excited to help implement his agenda to make this office a leader on reform and results.”

The team includes:

  • Meg Reiss, Chief Assistant District Attorney. Most recently, Meg Reiss served as Chief of Social Justice in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY) where she worked to create community-led networks to enhance safety and build community trust without relying on institutional programing or incarceration. Reiss started her career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn DA’s Office and served as a homicide prosecutor there, Chief of Staff in the Nassau County DA’s Office, a deputy monitor on a team that supervised the Los Angeles Police Department’s compliance with a federal consent decree, part of a panel that oversaw London’s Metropolitan Police Service, and Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College.  In addition to Meg’s work on public safety and reform, she also brings deep expertise in white collar enforcement, including having led investigations of major financial institutions concerning violations of key areas of enforcement for Manhattan, including money laundering, antitrust, and securities.
  • Sherene Crawford, Executive Assistant DA, Pathways for Public Safety. Sherene, a DANY alum, previously served in multiple capacities at the Center for Court Innovation, most recently as its Director of the Center for Court Innovation’s new Strategic Planning and Impact Department.  Before obtaining her law degree, Sherene spent nearly a decade working with survivors of intimate partner violence at Safe Horizon and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
  • Brian Crow, Executive Assistant DA for Public Policy. Brian most recently served as a Deputy Director at the New York City Council, where he managed the team that created and helped implement the Council’s agenda on criminal justice and immigration issues, including the closure of jails on Rikers Island.  He started his law career as a public defender in Brooklyn.
  • Leslie Dubeck, General Counsel. Leslie previously served as General Counsel to the NYC Department of Investigations (DOI) and, before that, was General Counsel to the Office of the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”). Earlier in her career, she practiced appellate law at the NYAG and Jones Day.
  • Carey Dunne, Special Counsel. Carey Dunne first joined the office in 1984 and most recently served as General Counsel, advising the DA and the office on legal, policy and strategic issues and overseeing significant investigations and prosecutions (such as People v. The Trump Corporation, People v. Weinstein and the reinvestigation of the assassination of Malcolm X).  Carey will continue to provide advice on significant investigations and prosecutions.
  • José Fanjul, Acting Deputy General Counsel. José has agreed to serve as Deputy General Counsel on an interim basis to provide continuity in the executive team and help ensure a smooth transition office-wide.   He’s been serving as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Prosecution Policies where he developed protocols that assure consistency, fairness and accountability across all of the cases in the Investigation and Trial Divisions.  José joined the office in 2008 and has served as an Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division, Chief of Staff to the Investigation Division, and Attorney in Charge of the Summer High School Internship Program.
  • Richard Fife, Senior Advisor for External Affairs. Richard has worked for more than 40 years developing and implementing communications and outreach strategies for campaigns, companies, and causes.  Recently recognized by City & State NY as one the top ten New York political consultants, he has also advised numerous non-profit groups including Henry Street Settlement, the New York Asian Women’s Center (now Womankind), and Robinhood, NYC’s largest poverty-fighting organization.
  • Gloria Garcia, Deputy General Counsel. Gloria has served in a number of roles at DANY for the last 15 years, including most recently as Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division. Gloria joined the Office in 2006 as an assistant in Trial Bureau 70 and then went on to serve in the Investigations Division, the Special Prosecutions Bureau (now the Financial Frauds Bureau), and the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, before becoming Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau and Chief of the Immigrant Affairs Unit.  On an interim basis, Gloria will also continue to support the Investigation Division as Deputy Chief.
  • Wesley Gibson, Chief Operating Officer. Wes Gibson comes to DANY with over ten years of experience in New York City government.  He previously served as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations at the Department of Investigation, Chief Operating Officer for the Division for Youth and Family Justice at the Administration for Children’s Services, and Chief of Staff for Administration at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
  • Susan Hoffinger, Executive Assistant DA, Chief of Investigations. Susan Hoffinger is a founding partner of The Hoffinger Firm, PLLC.  Her practice focuses on white collar and non-white collar criminal defense, civil litigation, both state and federal, as well as regulatory matters and internal company investigations.  Susan previously was an ADA at DANY for eight years from 1992 to 2000.  Susan will be joining DANY in early February.  Chris Conroy will continue to serve as the Chief of the Division until Susan joins DANY.
  • Audrey Moore, EEO Officer & Special Counsel. Audrey Moore has spent the last 31 years at DANY.  Most recently, she was First Assistant and Chief Diversity Officer, where she led the office in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  Audrey also previously served as Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, where she oversaw the Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Response, and Witness Aid Services Units. 
  • Peter Pope, Special Counsel. Peter has spent over two decades in public service, and a decade as a defense lawyer.  He started his career at DANY in Trial Bureau 40 and then worked in the Labor Racketeering Unit, where he was a Deputy.  Over his career, he has served as the Director of Policy for New York State, Chief of the Criminal Division at the NYAG, Inspector General for the NYC School Construction Authority, and Chief of the Investor Protection Bureau in the AG’s Office.
  • Terri Rosenblatt, Chief of the Post-Conviction Justice Unit. Most recently, Terri headed the DNA Unit at the Legal Aid Society.  She also represented clients as a public defender in the Bronx, and as an attorney in an appellate and civil rights law firm.  Terri serves as committee chairs in both city and national bar associations and has a leadership role in a national forensic science organization.  The Post-Conviction Justice Unit will report directly to DA Bragg. Connie Fernandez will continue to lead this work until Terri starts.
  • Joyce Smith, Executive Assistant DA, Chief of the Trial Division. Joyce served as Acting Nassau County District Attorney, after previously serving as Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Community Relations Division.  She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens, where for fifteen years she specialized in prosecuting domestic violence cases, eventually elevated to the role of Unit Chief in the Special Prosecutions Division.  Joyce also worked for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as the Executive Director for the Family Justice Center in the Bronx.
  • Jordan Stockdale, Chief of Staff. Jordan Stockdale most recently served as the Executive Director of the Young Men’s Initiative (“YMI”).  Prior to YMI, Jordan served as Deputy Executive Director of the Close Rikers Initiative at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (“MOCJ”).  At MOCJ, Jordan also managed the implementation of Raise the Age.  Before working at the Mayor’s Office, Jordan was a special education teacher in Harlem.
  • Chanterelle Sung, Chief of Strategic Operations. Chanterelle started her career as an ADA at DANY.  Chanterelle thereafter served as an Inspector General for the New York City Department of Investigation, the Director of Monitoring and Compliance for the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and most recently as a compliance officer at a pharmaceuticals company.
  • Nicholas Viorst, Chief of the Police Integrity and Accountability Unit.Nick returned to DANY in 2021 to lead the office’s police accountability work.  Nick had a prior stint at DANY as a line ADA – and after 2012, a homicide ADA – in Trial Bureau 70. In the interim, Nick was at the New York State Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit (SIPU) – which investigated and, where appropriate, prosecuted cases in which a law enforcement officer caused the death of an unarmed civilian.  The Police Integrity and Accountability Unit will report directly to DA Bragg.
  • Steven Wu, Executive Assistant DA, Chief of Appeals Division.Steven serves as Deputy Solicitor General at the NYAG.  He joined the NYAG in 2008 and previously served as an Assistant Solicitor General and as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General. Before joining the NYAG, he was an associate at a law firm and a law clerk to the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Steven will be joining DANY in early March.  Hilary Hassler will continue to serve as the Chief of the Division until Steven joins.