MBaker picMeg Baker

Administrative Manager
(617) 336-7500 ext. 451
Meg Baker joined MLPB as the Operations Manager in October 2012. Meg has a long history working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. Prior to joining MLPB, Meg worked at The Access Project (TAP), a nonprofit working to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health  especially for those who are most vulnerable. At TAP, she was responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office including financial management, administrative staff management and space and facilities management. She has also worked at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) working with their job training programs, providing case management and job readiness assistance.

2018-J CasselmanJeannine Casselman, JD, MA

Legal Advisor
(617) 336-7500 ext. 453 
Attorney Jeannine Casselman is a Legal Advisor at MLPB. She was previously with the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy and served as the Program Director for the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership from 2011-2016. Ms. Casselman graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2009 where she focused on public interest law. She interned with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, South Coastal Counties Legal Services and the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. 

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Legal Director
(617) 336-7500 ext. 454
JoHanna Flacks is the Legal Director at MLPB and in this role links MLPB's workforce capacity-building services to broader opportunities to inform public policy in ways that will reduce health disparities. Before joining MLPB, JoHanna was in private practice, and provided pro bono services to the Cape Cod Anti-Discrimination Task Force in its successful campaign to establish the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, she served as Assistant General Counsel for the Boston Public Health Commission, and Senior Investigator for the Boston Fair Housing Commission. She began her career as a labor-side employment discrimination litigation associate. JoHanna graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Brandeis University.

Kate GannonKate Gannon, JD

Legal Advisor
(617) 336-7500 ext. 457
Kate Gannon is a Legal Advisor at MLPB. She previously served as a medical-legal partnership attorney at Community Legal Aid in Worcester and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and as a healthcare-based advocate for human trafficking survivors. Building on an undergraduate major in social work, Ms. Gannon graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on public interest law. She interned with the Youth Advocacy Division, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, the EdLaw Project, and the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership. 

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Kara Hurvitz, JD, MSW 

Legal Advisor
(617) 336-7500 ext. 459
Kara Hurvitz is a long-standing MLPB Legal Advisor. Prior to joining MLPB, Kara worked as a Social Services Advocate at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. In that generalist role, she assisted court-involved individuals and families with a broad range of high-stakes needs at the intersection of civil and criminal law. Kara is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Boston College Law School, and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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Samantha Morton, JD

(617) 336-7500 ext. 455
Samantha J. Morton is CEO of MLPB. Ms. Morton is a national expert on how upstream problem-solving strategies can help people meet their health-related social needs (HRSN) and on the power of health and human service workforces to improve social determinants of health (SDOH), reduce health disparities, and advance health equity for individuals, families and communities. She is leading MLPB's evidence-based participation in accountable care and patient-centered medical home transformation across the country. Before joining MLPB, Ms. Morton was a litigation associate at Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) and a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.

fzhang photoFranny Zhang, MFA

Content Lead
(617) 336-7500 ext. 450
Franny Zhang is MLPB's Content Lead. She previously managed communications for several departments at MIT and has worked in the mental health field serving people experiencing homelessness. In her role at MLPB, she draws on her background as a fiction writer, regular contributor to the Ploughshares Blog, and former Managing Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine as well. She has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA in Psychobiology from Swarthmore College.