The Network Support Unit
History of the Innocence Network Support Unit
The Innocence Network Support Unit (NSU) was established in 2012 to provide organizational support to the Innocence Network and its individual member organizations. To address the varying sizes and organizational structures of the Innocence Network organizations, the NSU is structured to provide customized organizational development support to individual network members, oversee platforms for resource sharing, and assist with the administrative functions of the Network. The NSU also organizes the Innocence Network’s annual conference and manages this website.
Meet the team
Meredith Kennedy joined the Innocence Project as coordinator of the Innocence Network in 2012. Previously, she managed 80 chapters of the US Green Building Council where she provided coaching on various aspects of nonprofit management and organizational development. Meredith also served as the PlaNYC Coordinator for the City of New York and as the Special Projects Manager at Friends of the High Line, where she was responsible for community outreach and public programming.
Organizational Development Specialist
Elisa Espiritu joined the Innocence Network Support Unit as the Organizational Development Specialist in April 2017. Prior to joining the NSU, Elisa’s career in the non-profit industry spanned numerous fields, including higher education, urban planning and leadership development. Most recently, Elisa spent five years as the Director of Development and Communications for a longstanding, community-based advocacy organization in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As a first generation college graduate born and raised in the Bronx, Elisa is proud to hold a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from NYU Steinhardt.
Sara LaCava Lieberman
Sara comes to us after three years as the Development Officer for Individual Giving at the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). Like the Innocence Network, NNAF is a coalition of independent organizations so Sara has direct experience with a similar model. Sara established a technical assistance program for development there several years ago and has spent a lot of her time providing support and training to NNAF member organizations, with great results.
Norah joined the Innocence Network as Operations Associate in July 2015. Previously, Norah worked for three years at GroupM, a media investment company, as an analyst, planner and buyer where she managed advertising campaigns for consumer brands. Prior to GroupM, she worked in the public relations department at L’Oreal. Norah is a volunteer with the pre-college mentoring program Minds Matter and also serves as Co-Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the organization. Norah received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University.