CWN has a dedicated, passionate team of experienced community leaders.

Executive Director

Darrin Browder

Court Watch NOLA hired Darrin Browder in May 2018 as its Director of Strategic Initiatives to expand the model nationally.  In March of 2022, Darrin was promoted to Executive Director.

A graduate of Southern University New Orleans and of the Southern University Law Center, Darrin has long used his expertise to advocate for equality among all New Orleanians. As an organizer, he fought for the rights of New Orleans restaurant workers; as an attorney, Darrin has dedicated himself to finding actionable paths to transformative justice. Before he came to Court Watch NOLA, Darrin served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Louisiana and for both Orleans Parish Criminal District and Magistrate Courts. Because of this, he is remarkably familiar with court procedure, and has first-hand knowledge of how our courts interact not only with attorneys and law enforcement, but with the public.

As Executive Director, Darrin continues to work toward making the courts accessible to all members of our community and working with the team to ensure transparency and accountability in the criminal courts here at home in New Orleans.

Deputy Director

Jesse Manley

Jesse is a community organizer, political operative, and victim’s rights advocate with a long history of recruiting, training, and mobilizing volunteers.

Jesse combines experience from the corporate world, the non-profit sector, and electoral campaigns to empower volunteers with the skills and confidence they need to make a positive change in their own world. If you care about improving our justice system, please contact Jesse to see how you can make a difference.


Our Board of Directors

Corey Kiper


Deidre Hayes

Vice Chair

Jennifer McMillan


Ken Franz

Matthew Guy

Barrett Conrad

Dr. Ashraf Esmail

Ashley Garcia

Maryam Henderson-Uloho

Anthony Radosti

Wayne Lee

Allison Staub

Alfredo Martinez

Marcus Kondkar

Eva Lessinger

Katina Whorton

Our Advisory Board

Gail Chalew

Paul Flower

Lisa Jordan

Patti Lapeyre

Jim Letten

Hope Goldman Meyer

Troy Remy

Nathalie Simon

Hon. Miriam Waltzer

Beth Wheeler

Arthur Wisdom

Matt Wisdom

Ellen Yellin