BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ERIN SCHARFF Acting Board President
Erin is an Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. At ASU, she teaches Federal Income Tax, State and Local Tax, and Torts. She writes about state and local tax law and local government law. Her work has appeared in the Tax Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the NYU Law Review.
Before law school, Erin worked in Washington, D.C. as an advocate and research analyst on housing, health care, and tax policy. In 2007 and 2008, she traveled the country working for Obama for America. She has been a volunteer income tax assistant tax preparer in both D.C. and San Francisco. Erin grew up in Phoenix. Both of her paternal grandparents came here as refugees, as did her maternal grandfather. She thinks all of her grandparents would be proud of her work with PLAN.
SEAN BERENS TREASURER
Sean is a partner at Berens Blonstein PLC, where he focuses on commercial real estate transactions and has been active in pro bono immigration matters. Sean grew up in Arizona and is passionate about creating and contributing to a community of lawyers who look out for the rights of all of their neighbors in the Valley. This includes tapping the skills and energy of transactional attorneys who might not yet know how helpful they can be. Sean went to the University of Southern California for undergrad and received his J.D. from Columbia. He is also a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.
Sean is (slowly) improving his Spanish and working to cut down on the time he spends hate-reading Twitter.
SAMBO (BO) DUL
Bo and her family came to the U.S. from Cambodia, following the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide. She grew up in Tempe, went to ASU for undergrad, and has a law degree from NYU and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton. She was previously a partner at Perkins Coie where she focused on commercial and civil rights litigation, as well as anti-corruption compliance and investigations, while also maintaining an active pro bono practice advancing immigrant and refugee rights. Bo is a founding board member of PLAN and currently serves as the Arizona State Elections Director at the Office of the Secretary of State of Arizona. Bo hopes to spend a couple years living in Latin America one day so she can finally perfect her Spanish, and in Cambodia so she can learn to read and write in her first language, Khmer. She likes cooking, hiking and (slow) running.
Greg came to Phoenix in 2016 to attend law school at ASU. After graduating in May 2019, he will work as a staff attorney for the Florence Project, where he previously served as the Equality Arizona LGBTQ intern in summer 2018. While this is his first board position, he has been employed as the board liaison for the Committee to Protect Journalists in NYC, and worked closely with the board as the Project Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in DC. After college, Greg was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study the Uyghur language in Central Asia. Greg also speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and enjoys listening to pop music and watching TV dramas to keep up his language skills.
Whitney is an associate attorney at Curiel & Runion LLC, where she focuses on personal injury and wrongful death. She served as the YLD Liaison for the Immigration Law Section Executive Council and is a second term board member for the Arizona chapter of the American Constitution Society, where she helps organize events and panel discussions focused on issues like voting rights, the MeToo movement, private prisons, etc. She earned a BA in English and Women and Gender Studies from ASU, as well as a JD from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. Whitney loves animals, especially her dog, Scooter, and enjoys dancing, hiking, and creating new recipes.
Born in Arizona and raised in Phoenix, Liz is the proud daughter of immigrant parents with Southern México Indigenous roots. She is the first in her family to attend and graduate from Arizona State University. Liz's passion is civic engagement. She understands that every voice matters and that when we engage communities, we must address the issues that impact them, their values, and their families. Liz puts that into practice in her role as Field Director with the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, where she is focused on 2020 local voter turnout in Arizona. Liz also serves on the Los Diablos Scholarship executive board as the VP of Communications. Liz loves to travel to new places and live the local experience. She finds joy in organizing her home, her four plants, and spending time with her four pets.