Ms. JD's dedicated staff brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and passion to everything they do. Get to know the faces behind our organization and discover the diverse talents that make this small but mighty team truly exceptional.

Danielle Allison

Chief Executive Officer

Danielle Allison is Chief Executive Officer of Ms. JD. She is a graduate of Florida State University and Harvard Law School.  Danielle clerked for then Chief Judge UW Clemon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.  She spent six years working in the litigation group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland) in Atlanta, Georgia. Danielle was the founding chair of Sutherland "Women Stepping Up" philanthropy initiative, co-chair of the firm’s women attorneys group, and a member of the hiring committee.  She is a former American Bar Association, Business Law Section Fellow (2013-2015) and a former member of the State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession; Leadership Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta Class of 2012; Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Destiny Fund Class of 2009; Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Former Executive Board Member; and Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Former Foundation Council Member.  Danielle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) and as a Past President of the Junior League of Lee County, Alabama. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Katie Day Winchenbach

Program Director

Katie Day Winchenbach is the Program Director for Ms. JD. She also serves as in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 company. Katie earned her B.A. from Hofstra University, her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and her M.B.A. from the University of Maine. Katie has been involved with Ms. JD since she was a pre-law student, holding many different volunteer roles and serving for a term on the Board of Directors. She has dedicated her career and volunteer work to empowering and inspiring women through leadership training, elevating underrepresented voices, and building meaningful mentorship connections. Katie is the Vice President of Women Standing Together, a Maine-based organization that provides resources and mentorship to elevate and inspire women leaders in business. Katie also served as the Vice-President for The Maine Women's Conference, where she helped to create a dynamic, one-day event to inspire, educate, and empower Maine women. Katie is also a pageant competitor and is the reigning USOA Mrs. Maine 2024, where her focus is on advancing women leaders.

Claire Thomas

Program Assistant

Claire Thomas is the program assistant at Ms. JD. She is passionate about building community and helping women find mentorship and support in their careers. Claire is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Russian Studies, and prior to joining Ms. JD she worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies running leadership programs and supporting their volunteer network. She lives in Medford, Massachusetts.