Our Team


Daniel Sheehan, President & Legal Counsel

Daniel Sheehan has helped lead the Romero Institute since 1992. A Harvard-trained attorney, his work for forty-four years has placed him at the center of many of the most important legal cases of our time. His lawsuits have involved the Watergate and Iran-Contra Scandals, the Pentagon Papers, and the killing of Karen Silkwood. He is former chief counsel of the Christic Institute and the Office of Social Ministries for the Jesuits.


Sara Nelson, Vice-President & Executive Director

Sara Nelson has over forty years of nonprofit leadership, grassroots organizing, national education, and fundraising experience. She has been the director of the Karen Silkwood Fund, executive director and co-founder of the Christic Institute, and the executive director of the State of the World Forum in San Francisco. She was the national labor chair for the National Organization for Women and a member of the California Commission on the Status of Women. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and has helped lead the Romero Institute since 1992.


Daniel Nelson, Secretary-Treasurer and Deputy Director

Daniel Nelson has over 15 years’ experience as a deputy director, organizer, researcher, and writer. He oversees all Romero Institute departments and helps decide strategic direction for the organization. He holds a BA in political theory from Harvard College and an MA in social science from the University of Chicago.


Patrick Sheehan, Christic Institute Archive Coordinator

Patrick Sheehan’s work in social justice began in 1988 when he joined the Christic Institute as a computer technician and security officer. He now oversees the Christic Institute Archive and supports all Romero Institute departments with his experience in security, equipment, shipping, store, and maintenance.


Laurel Jarnagan, Bookkeeper

Laurel is a native of Santa Cruz and spent 20 years of her career in finance and administration at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Laurel holds a BS degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. After taking early retirement from UCSC she has remained in the field of nonprofit finance and spends a good deal of time volunteering for local nonprofit organizations.


Jon Conway, Science & Technology Researcher

Jon Conway is an educator and environmental scientist with experience in earth science, botany, soil science, marine biology, toxicology, pollution fate & transport, and nanotechnology. He earned his BS in Ecology & Evolution from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara in 2015.


Camryn Martin, Database and Technology Assistant

Camryn Martin supports all departments at Romero with her database and computing skills.


Chris Sherertz, Website & Tech

Chris Sherertz holds a BS in astrophysics and a minor in electronic music from UC Santa Cruz. He manages Romero’s websites, email database, petitions, Youtube channels, graphic design and video and audio production. He also runs a small music studio out of the Romero Institute offices.


Juan Martinez, Policy Outreach Director

Juan Martinez is the policy outreach director and field organizer for the Green Power Project of the Romero Institute. Born and raised in the Salinas Valley attended local schools, Juan has been involved in political organizing in the Salinas Valley for more than 30 years. During the 1970s he worked with Cesar Chavez and during the 80’s he supported farm workers for California Rural Legal Assistance. He also served for several years as a legislative consultant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and was the statewide director for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.


Kelsey Hill, Social Media Director

Kelsey facilitates social media for the Romero Institute’s various projects and has reported from on the ground in Standing Rock. A recent alumna from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in History, she was previously the editor for the illustration and opinion desks at the student-run campus newspaper at UCSC.