Jeanne M. Atkinson was the Executive Director of CLINIC from March 2013 until February 2019. Her passion for immigration was sparked while interning with Catholic Charities in 1987, during which time she focused on legalization. Atkinson served as the long-time director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington, where she directed their highly active and successful legal services program, as well as the Catholic Charities’ Refugee Center. Atkinson was a partner in establishing the Family Justice Center in Montgomery County and is a member of the board of directors of Catholics for Family Peace. She holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.