Director Heather N. Pinckney

Our Leadership

PDS is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees and led by Director Heather N. Pinckney and Deputy Director Rudolph Acree, Jr.  Under their leadership, a team of division chiefs manage the day-to-day operations, programs, and services of PDS.

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An eleven-member Board of Trustees governs PDS. Composition of the Board is governed by PDS's authorizing statute, D.C. Code §§2-1601 to 1608. The PDS Board plays a very important role at PDS: it establishes and maintains PDS’s independence. The Board also serves as a monitor and protector of PDS, sets general policy at PDS, hires the PDS director and deputy director, has the authority to approve a PDS decision to take on additional functions in furtherance of statutorily identified categories of representation, and is responsible for providing an annual report and conducting an annual audit of PDS’s finances.
  • Board Member

    Barry Caldwell

  • Board Member

    Joseph P. Caleb

  • Board Member

    Lisa Greenman

  • Board Member

    Brandi J. Harden

  • Board Member

    Larry Moon, Jr.

  • Board Member

    Bonnie Politz

  • Board Member

    Michael Satin

  • Board Member

    Deborah Shore

  • Chair

    Jonathan L. Stern

  • Board Member

    Leslie T. Thornton

  • Vice Chair

    Vacant

  • Board Member

    Sylvie Volel

The Executive Office strives to provide the vision, guidance, and support required to manage the day-to-day and long-term needs of PDS’s clients, its dedicated staff, and the organization. Functions include strategic planning, legal counsel, legislative guidance, policies and procedures, external committee representation, mentoring, and communications and marketing.

The chiefs of PDS manage the day-to-day operations, programs, and services related to our legal, professional, and administrative work.