Organizational Structure

SUDL is a 501c3 non-profit corporation with one Executive Director and a Board of Directors with nine current members. The budget is managed by the Executive Director with cooperation of the Board Treasurer, and approval of the Board. The Board President and Members meet periodically with the Executive Director to review the direction and methods of SUDL, to make necessary changes in order to achieve SUDL’s primary goal, and beyond.

Existing Teachers at the targeted secondary schools are hired as coaches, with training provided SUDL members and associates with substantial policy debate experience.

Our Board


Mr. Goldberg graduated from McGeorge School of Law. He began his legal career at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) where he interned while a law student. He has worked with the Human Rights Fair Housing Commission and returned to work with LSNC in 2001 as a staff attorney. Stephen has also worked for Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations and the Legal Center for the Elderly and Disabled. His areas of expertise include public benefits, housing, health care and child support. Stephen has been involved in significant cases regarding CalWORKs, CalFresh, General Assistance, In Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, county health care, public and subsidized housing, housing discrimination and landlord/tenant issues. Most recently, Stephen was lead trial counsel in a major environmental justice case involving a proposed underground natural gas storage facility in an urban area. Stephen has taught in the paralegal program at American River College since 1998, including teaching landlord-tenant law, administrative law and client interviewing. He also has taught legal writing at University of California Davis King Hall School of Law. Stephen currently coaches debate both the Nevada Union High School and CK McClatchy High School debate teams. He has coached at Nevada Union since 1998, and at Sacramento Jesuit High School from 1996 to 2013.


Ms. Galligher graduated from California State University with B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She also graduated from Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, California, and has been admitted to the California Bar. She is a member of the Federal Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court for the United States in 1994. Ms. Galligher is currently employed as Attorney for the Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations, Inc., a non-profit California corporation.


Mr. Woodruff is a self-employed consultant in the electric utility industry. A successful high school debater in the 1970s, he served as President of the C. K. McClatchy Speech and Debate Booster Club from 2011 to 2013 to support his son’s high school debate activities, before graduating on to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also served several years as a Referee Coordinator on the board of the Land Park Soccer Club, which operates a youth soccer league in Sacramento.


Kendra Noel Lewis has been a professional fundraiser and nonprofit administrator since 1996. She currentShe is dedicated to the field of fundraising/development and non-profit administration. She has a BA in History from California State University, Fresno. She received a Certificate of Development from the University of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Management Program. She has experience in all areas of non-profit administration (special events, planned giving, major giving, grant writing, operations, program development, corporate and foundation development.) She has consulted and worked the gamut of nonprofits on the local, state and national arena. She has served organizations ranging in size and annual budgets of $50,000 – $5 million+ such as the Sacramento Urban League, American Heart Association, Sacramento State University, Sacramento Theatre Company (the only African American managing director west of the Mississippi river.

Kendra is the past vice-president of the Sacramento YWCA (the first YWCA in California) and is currently a board member of Traveler’s Aid, a 125-year old Sacramento institution. She is co-chair of the Girls Who Code Parent Advisory Committee fundraiser. She has received the Community Advocate Award, presented by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Rising Star Award from the Business Women’s Network, she has been profiled on the OPEN American Express Success Stories Network and profiled in Sacramento Magazine, 20 Women We Admire.


Governor Jerry Brown appointed Michael Cohen as Director of the California Department of Finance in September 2013, to serve as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to becoming Director, he served as Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Finance from 2011 to 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen was the department’s lead contact with the state Legislature on the state budget. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Cohen worked at the state Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). While there, he served as a local government finance analyst, Director of State Administration, and Deputy Legislative Analyst. Mr. Cohen earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University.


Seth Blackmon is an attorney with the State of California. As the head coach of CK McClatchy Debate he facilitated the growth and success of a number of young policy debaters and coached the 2013 Tournament of Champions (ToC) winners in policy debate, as well as the 2013 ToC top speaker. Seth successfully incorporated the CK McClatchy Booster Club as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with the help of a number of board members, and remains involved with CKM Debate as a board member. Seth is also involved with a non-profit legal service, located in Sacramento, CA, dedicated to providing a variety of services to those who lack the means to access legal representation and/or who need assistance voicing their needs to the California legislature. Seth fervently believes that debate is the greatest academic sport available to young students and those who become actively involved will avail themselves of a learning opportunity that does not exist in classic educational formats.


Zach Freels was a successful forensics competitor for Solano Community College who earned a scholarship to Northern Arizona University where he graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science and Speech Communication. After becoming the first college graduate in his family, Zach taught public speaking and debate to English language learners in South Korea. He later became a program manager and published a textbook series utilizing debate as a method of youth leadership development. He currently works as a union organizer.


Isaac Kigozi is from Kampala, Uganda.  Mr. Kigozi established E World Media Group Inc. (EWMG) in 2012 and is its President and Chief Executive Officer.  EWMG produces and develops television content with the intent to educate, engage, empower, and enrich the lives of its viewers.  Although EWMG headquarters is located in Los Angeles CA, EWMG has branched out across the nation in order to seek and develop unique concepts to provide a fresh new look for entertaining television.  In his free time, Mr. Kigozi enjoys a game of chess, interacting with the community, and planning team-building events for his employees.  Mr. Kigozi believes the ability to achieve our goals is within all of us. The key is turning our dreams reams into reality.