CEO and President – Jennifer Elmore

Jennifer is a senior vice president and managing director for Abbot Downing, a boutique wealth management firm. Jennifer has been in the financial services industry and with Wells Fargo for more than 20 years. Jennifer is a fierce advocate for victims of abuse. She is passionate about creating a cultural sea-change ending protectionism of perpetrators and the re-victimization of survivors.

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in 1993. Prior to attending college in North Carolina, she lived with her military family in many domestic and foreign locations. Jennifer and her husband, Mike, have five children and make their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Director of Programs & Policy – Adelaide Kahn-Fowler

Adelaide Kahn-Fowler is the Director of Programs and Policy at Protect Our Defenders. She started with the organization in 2016 working mostly with clients to meet their legal and casework needs. Since, she has developed and produced numerous projects and platforms, regularly partnering with Congressional offices, pro bono partners, organizational allies, survivor advocates, and others to help realize policy reform goals and better assist survivors. Before joining POD, Adelaide worked for various non-profit organizations including the Family Court Assistance Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum. Although hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Adelaide received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus on global security from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She later obtained her Masters degree in Criminology from George Washington University.

Communications Director – Brian Purchia

Brian Purchia is the Communications Director for Protect Our Defenders and has been with the organization since its launch.

Described by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark as “genuinely innovative,” Brian has served as a spokesman for former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom,, Green For All and a number of other social change organizations.