Leadership

Meet our GBLS leaders

Jacquelynne J. Bowman, Executive Director

Thomas Gunning, Director of Program Operations 

Daniel Manning, Associate Director / Litigation Director

Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources

Joanne Sanders, Director of Finance

Jacquelynne J. Bowman, Executive Director

Jacquelynne J. Bowman became GBLS' Executive Director in August, 2011 and is responsible for the overall management and operations of GBLS. She initially started work at GBLS as a senior attorney and then Managing Attorney of the Family Law Unit. She left GBLS in 1991, to work at MLRI as the state support attorney for family and juvenile law matters. Jacqui returned to GBLS in 1998, first as an Associate Director and then later became the Deputy Director. She is a nationally recognized expert in family and juvenile law as well as in law practice management. She serves on the Access to Justice Commission of the SJC as well as several boards of non-profit organizations.

Contact: 617-603-1805; Email: jbowman@gbls.org

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Thomas GunningDirector of Program Operations 

Thomas Gunning, Director of Program Operations, joined GBLS in 2016. Tom focuses on development strategy and program operations for GBLS. Before joining GBLS full-time, Tom served on the GBLS Board of Directors for many years and as Chair of its Development Committee. In his current role, Tom brings more than 25 years of leadership and organizational expertise from serving as General Counsel of a large, international biopharmaceutical company and a Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and Boston University School of Law.

Contact: 617-603-1604; Email: tgunning@gbls.org

Daniel Manning, Associate Director/Litigation Director

Dan Manning started work as a staff attorney at what was then the Boston Legal Assistance Project in 1973. He later became the managing attorney of one of the neighborhood offices in Dorchester, and after that the director of litigation for GBLS. He has worked in almost all the areas covered by GBLS: housing, family law, welfare, child welfare, employment, disability benefits, immigration, and health law.  As director of litigation he has responsibility for overseeing major advocacy initiatives and ensuring that GBLS makes effective use of its resources to provide high quality representation to all clients. For the past decade he has been heavily involved in cases on behalf of people with disabilities, including efforts to make public transportation and healthcare accessible.

Contact: 617-603-1603; Email: dmanning@gbls.org

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Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources

Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, joined GBLS in February of 2001. As part of the Senior Management team, Sonia is responsible for overseeing all aspects of personnel and human resource administration including recruitment and hiring of staff and student interns and benefits management. Prior to GBLS, Sonia worked for the State of Massachusetts where she administered all aspects of human resources for a number of agencies. Sonia serves on the board of Equal Justice America.

Contact: 617-603-1608; Email: smarquez@gbls.org

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Joanne Sanders, Director of Finance

Joanne Sanders, Director of Finance, joined GBLS in 2014. As part of the senior management team, Joanne, working with her accounting team, is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of Greater Boston Legal Services. Her responsibilities include strategic financial planning, maintaining external financial relationships, preparation of financial statements and managing the annual financial audit. Joanne returns to GBLS where she served previously as Comptroller between 1986 and 1997. 

Sanders' 20-plus year career in finance has included roles at nonprofits such as Common Impact where she most recently served in two capacities: as Director of Finance and as Finance Consultant. In her role as Director of Finance, Joanne managed the daily financial activity of the organization. In her capacity as Finance Consultant, Joanne managed teams of volunteers from global companies who helped to implement capacity-building projects for high potential nonprofit clients.

Joanne also was a founding Team Manager and Finance Director for the South Shore Charter School, one of the first independent public charter schools in Massachusetts. Joanne earned her B.S. in Business Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Contact: 617-603-1612; Email: jsanders@gbls.org

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