Development

Abbey McHugh

Abbey McHugh

Digital Fundraising Coordinator

Abbey McHugh

Abbey McHugh

Digital Fundraising Coordinator Development

Abbey McHugh

Digital Fundraising Coordinator Development

Abbey McHugh joined the Innocence Project in 2023 as the Digital Fundraising Coordinator. She helps to cultivate the Innocence Project’s online presence in order to grow and engage our community. Prior to joining the Innocence Project, Abbey worked as a voting rights organizer with Common Cause New York and on various campaigns in the Midwest and Northeast. She is a graduate of Boston College. When Abbey is not working, she can be found playing soccer at a park or reading a fantasy series at home.

Ava Master

Ava Master

Assistant Director of Individual Giving

Ava Master

Ava Master

Assistant Director of Individual Giving Development

Ava Master

Assistant Director of Individual Giving Development

Ava Master joined the Innocence Project in 2023 as the Assistant Director of Individual Giving. She is responsible for creating and maintaining meaningful connections with donors and advocates to further the organization’s mission to free wrongly convicted people and reform the system. Previously, Ava spent a decade leading fundraising initiatives at the Sikh Coalition — the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights nonprofit — including cultivating individual donor relations and exponentially growing the budget. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. When Ava is not working, she can be found reading or catching a Broadway show.

Chloe Hughes

Chloe Hughes

Director of Individual and Major Giving

Chloe Hughes

Chloe Hughes

Director of Individual and Major Giving Development

Chloe Hughes

Director of Individual and Major Giving Development

Chloe serves as the Director of Individual and Major Giving at the Innocence Project. Before coming to the Innocence Project, she worked with generous contributors at the RAND Corporation, New York Public Radio and a number of off-Broadway theatre companies. Chloe is passionate about helping organizations find and raise funds from philanthropists with a shared vision, and she loves building relationships with people who are committed to making a difference in their communities and the world.

Crystal Ortiz

Crystal Ortiz

Assistant Director of Special Events

Crystal Ortiz

Crystal Ortiz

Assistant Director of Special Events Development

Crystal Ortiz

Assistant Director of Special Events Development

Crystal Ortiz is passionate about how her commitment to building community and justice can contribute to the mission and impact of the Innocence Project. As the Assistant Director of Special Events, Crystal is responsible for planning the annual gala and stewardship events.  Crystal’s ability to project manage and align events with the mission of the IP helps her carry forth these efforts each day. Crystal previously worked at The Cooper Union, where she managed the events program. She is a graduate of The University of Florida. In Crystal’s spare time, she enjoys traveling and watching movies!

Henry Decker

Henry Decker

Director of Digital Fundraising

Henry Decker

Henry Decker

Director of Digital Fundraising Development

Henry Decker

Director of Digital Fundraising Development

As Director of Digital Fundraising, Henry Decker leads the Innocence Project’s efforts to raise money online. Henry is a determined advocate for equity and fairness and a versatile digital strategist. His creativity and strategic thinking drives his grassroots fundraising work at the Innocence Project. Prior to joining the Innocence Project, Henry worked on digital campaigns at a number of organizations including M+R, the New York Times, the Clinton Foundation, and Biden for President. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. When Henry isn’t working, you can find him eating good food, reading good books, and exploring New Jersey with his wife Athena and their dog Bodega.

Jessica Rawlins Smith

Jessica Rawlins Smith

Chief Development Officer

Jessica Rawlins Smith

Jessica Rawlins Smith

Chief Development Officer Development

Jessica Rawlins Smith

Chief Development Officer Development

Jessica Rawlins Smith is the Chief Development Officer at the Innocence Project. She has over a decade of experience in fund development, using public and private philanthropy, and strategic planning, to bring high-impact resources to organizations eliminating the inequitable outcomes of systemic oppression. With a B.A. in religion from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in fundraising management from Columbia University, Jessica has built an impressive record as a fundraising specialist supporting some of the most transformative education, arts, and justice-oriented initiatives. Prior to joining the Innocence Project, Jessica served as Chief Development Officer at Partnership with Children, leading the critical growth of private fundraising in support of school-based mental health supports. In addition, she served as the Senior Director of Development at All Our Kin, overseeing a broad portfolio of philanthropic, public, and corporate funding in support of high-quality family child care programming. Jessica also served as Director of Institutional Giving at the Harlem Children’s Zone, supporting a broad range of early education, K-12, postsecondary and family-based programs. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of Fiver Children’s Foundation.

Joseph Martinez

Joseph Martinez

Data Solutions Manager

Joseph Martinez

Joseph Martinez

Data Solutions Manager Development

Joseph Martinez

Data Solutions Manager Development

As the Data Solutions Manager, Joseph Martinez manages the Innocence Project’s Salesforce instance and donation processes. Joseph is passionate about criminal justice reform, studying criminal justice in college before moving into tech. His ability to adapt and problem-solve allows him to handle a complex Salesforce environment with the aim to have an accurate and clean data tool for the Innocence Project to be able to see and measure its impact. Joseph previously worked at Ennube Solutions, where he led implementation projects for other nonprofits as a project manager and consultant. When he isn’t working, you can find him kickboxing or watching a scary movie!

Mónica González

Mónica González

Individual Giving Coordinator

Mónica González

Mónica González

Individual Giving Coordinator Development

Mónica González

Individual Giving Coordinator Development

Ysabel Coss

Ysabel Coss

Gift Processing and Engagement Associate

Ysabel Coss

Ysabel Coss

Gift Processing and Engagement Associate Development

Ysabel Coss

Gift Processing and Engagement Associate Development

Ysabel has experience in development from her time at Spark MicroGrants, Physicians for Human Rights, and Hamilton College where she also graduated with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies. As the Gift Processing and Engagement Associate, she is involved in the data as well as the donor experience. A Bronx native, she often fosters dogs and can be found in any dog-friendly NYC establishment. Ysabel began her time at the Innocence Project in 2021.

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