Meet the team.
Alex Simpson | Associate Director
Alissa Bjerkhoel | Litigation Coordinator
Michael Semanchik | Managing Attorney
Audrey McGinn | Staff Attorney
Audrey has been an attorney with the California Innocence Project since 2011. Audrey received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. While there, she became fluent in Spanish after studying abroad in Mexico City, Mexico. Audrey first served in the Project as a volunteer and clinic student while in law school. Upon passing the California Bar, she started work as an investigator for the Project, eventually becoming a staff attorney. Additionally, Audrey works as a trainer with ACCESO Capacitación and has trained hundreds of Spanish-speaking lawyers throughout Latin America on trial advocacy skills. She is also an LL.M. Professor at California Western School of Law. Audrey directs and supervises the CIP clinic students in their case review. Over the course of her career, she has played an integral role in preparing and arguing motions essential to the Project’s cause.
Lizeth Amaya | Administrative Assistant
Lizeth has been the Administrative Assistant for the Program Manager of the California Innocence Project since 2015. She started her journey as an Electronic Engineer and then progressed into the health care field where she contributed 15 years of experience. She has always had a passion for non-profits and helping others. Over the course of her work at the California Innocence Project, she has been able to apply her knowledge to helping make a difference and improving the productivity of the project.