Legal & Victim Advocacy Director
Spencer has been JCADA’s Legal and Victim Advocacy Director since 2016. In this role, she manages JCADA’s Legal and Advocacy Programs and coordinates JCADA’s systemic advocacy efforts. Prior to joining JCADA, Spencer worked at Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program as a law clerk and at the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) as Gender Violence Fellow. Spencer also has experience working in Hong Kong with migrant domestic workers. Spencer graduated from George Mason University’s School of Law and received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in Women’s Studies and International Studies. In her free time, Spencer enjoys traveling with her husband, spin class, and baking.
In his role as Staff Attorney, Jacob provides civil legal advocacy and representation related to protective and peace orders, as well as, other victims’ rights representations. Prior to joining JCADA, Jacob clerked for the Honorable Judge José López, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Unit in DC Superior Court. Jacob also spent time in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office before working at a large national law firm in downtown DC. A graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, University of Maryland, College Park, and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Jacob spends his free time with his wife and two children, playing outside and enjoying all of the DC-area sports teams.
Victim Advocacy Staff
Victim Advocacy Manager
Tova serves as JCADA’s victim advocacy coordinator. She graduated from Indiana University in the Spring of 2017 with a BA in Jewish Studies, American history, and Hebrew. As a college student, she became incredibly passionate for the movement against power-based violence, specifically the intersection of power based violence and religion. After her sophomore year of college, she held a life changing internship for JCADA’s AWARE program and never left! She returned the following summer as an Outreach intern which eventually turned into a victim advocacy position. Tova is also the handler of JCADA’s facility dog, Tahoe.
Originally from the USVI, Rebecca joins the JCADA team as a Victim Advocate. After earning her BS in Criminology from Florida State University, Rebecca worked as a Victim Advocate at the Florida Commission on Offender Review, and, for the last two years, at the University of Michigan Hillel as their Social Justice Fellow. Rebecca has always been passionate about supporting those in need and spent many of her summers working as a counselor for teens with autism at the URJ Kutz Camp. When she’s not watching the latest sci-fi show, Rebecca enjoys spending time outside or volunteering with animals.
Tahoe is a very well trained pup who helps clients, whether they be in court or at the office in their therapy session. Raised by the fantastic individuals at Hero Dogs, Tahoe was trained from the time he was only 6 weeks old to be a service dog. When a slight fear of the stairs (which he’s gotten over now!) kept him from acting as a traditional service dog, JCADA was happy to take the opportunity to have him as our very own facility dog! Some of Tahoe’s favorite past times are putting his head on people’s laps, giving love to clients, sitting on their feet, and playing hide and seek with clients and their families!