Staff Members


Executive Director

Joe Welsh is a Founder and Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Justice Institute.  He has spent the last 15 years as a civil rights attorney litigating police misconduct and prison condition cases, most recently for Lauer Law Offices in Easton.  One case involved ending the rampant sexual abuse of female inmates at Lackawanna County Jail.  For the past six years, Mr. Welsh has served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania ACLU.  In 2012, he received the prestigious ACLU-PA Torchbearer Award for his work fighting voter suppression efforts.  

Mr. Welsh has spent decades managing political and social justice campaigns in several states. He has also served as a consultant to state and local governments. In July, 2019, he served as an international election observer for the Ukraine Parliamentary elections. In addition to ACLU, Joe’s work has earned him awards from the U.S. Department of Justice and the local media. He looks forward to leading the Institute as we work to craft real solutions for our dysfunctional
criminal justice system.

Joe holds a B.A. in Government, Summa cum Laude, from Lehigh University and a
Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law.




Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Khorrami is a recent graduate of Moravian College holding a B.A. in Political Science/Peace and Justice Studies. This is a unique major which she developed in consultation with Moravian College. She has been a volunteer for VAST, Valley Against Sex Trafficking, as well as Bonnie Winfield’s Journey Home program. Ms.
Khorrami is passionate about researching social justice issues. She handles the day to day operations of the institute and creates content for LVJI’s social media platforms.



Data Scientist

Ms. Ogalo is a Lehigh University graduate with her Master’s in Science in Applied Economics. She has an interest in economic development and policy making. Ms. Ogalo is experienced in working for non-profit organizations and nongovernmental organizations. She is a strong collaborator with writing and research with a passion to practically apply economics to resolve gender, race, and sexuality based inequity. Ms. Ogalo brings past experience in quantitative analysis of the effects of policies and economic forces on the status of women and persons of color.