Who We Are
Elise Boddie is the founder and Executive Director of The Inclusion Project. She is an award-winning legal scholar and a full-time law professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark where she teaches constitutional law, civil rights, and state and local government law. Before joining Rutgers she was the Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she supervised LDF’s national legal program, its team of attorneys, and core aspects of its operations. Earlier in her career, she litigated cases in the areas of affirmative action, employment, school desegregation, and economic justice and headed LDF’s Education group. Following a clerkship with Judge Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York, she became the first person to hold the Fried Frank/NAACP LDF Fellowship and was a litigation associate in the New York City office of Fried, Frank before joining LDF as a staff attorney. She currently sits on the board of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and the national board of the American Constitution Society. She is a founding trustee of the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse & Inclusive Schools and is a leader in the effort to integrate New Jersey’s public schools. She graduated from Harvard Law School with honors and from Yale College with honors and holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Mark Quarterman is the Director of Educational Equity. Quarterman’s primary expertise lies in civil and human rights, conflict resolution, and organizational development, with a particular focus earlier in his career on international law and international affairs. Over the course of his career he has helped organizations and communities manage conflict and established and directed organizations and projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. For nearly 12 years Quarterman served at the United Nations in a number of capacities. He was chief of staff of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. At UN Headquarters, he was the chief of staff to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs. In the field, Quarterman served in Jerusalem and Gaza as chief of staff to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and in East Timor and Indonesia as political adviser to the special representative for the East Timor Popular Consultation. He was a staff member of the Africa Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; a program officer at the Ford Foundation for South Africa and Namibia; and an associate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He established and directed an election monitoring and education organization based in South Africa for that country’s first non-racial election in 1994. Quarterman holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. In his work with TIP, Quarterman is leveraging his diverse experiences and skillsets to build a collective organizational framework for advancing equity in public education in New Jersey.
Erin R. Santana is a doctoral student in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Santana was trained in museum education at the Brooklyn Museum. She worked at several historic sites before shifting her energies to the New York City public school system, where she served in various roles as a social studies teacher, special educator, vocational counselor and youth advocacy program director. Along the way she earned a master’s degree in special education from Brooklyn College. Her proudest accomplishments in the schools were facilitating a mock trial competition for students with IEPs and overseeing the design, funding, and implementation of an arts-based leadership program for alternative high school students. She felt called back to academia to merge her two passions—history and education—by exploring the role of public memory in struggles for educational justice. As a graduate assistant for The Inclusion Project, Santana works with community members in Essex County to create a record of their lived experiences of racial integration and segregation in the local school system.