Meet the PBSI Team
Pro Bono + Social Impact
Joanna P. Boisen, Chief Pro Bono & Social Impact Officer
Joanna Plichta Boisen is Davis Wright Tremaine’s first Chief Pro Bono and Social Impact Officer. In this role, she oversees the firm’s acclaimed nationwide pro bono, social impact, and corporate social responsibility department. She develops and executes on entrepreneurial pro bono and community initiatives, builds out client-interfacing opportunities, and procures cutting edge, high-impact pro bono matters. She also maintains her own pro bono clients focusing on underrepresented communities, Holocaust survivor reparation litigation, domestic violence advocacy, and income-eligible nonprofit organizations.
Joanna also serves as outside counsel to in-house legal departments interested in building out and developing sophisticated pro bono core priorities and programs.
Prior to joining DWT, Joanna was a partner and chair of the tax-exempt organizations group at one of Seattle’s leading law firms where she founded and developed an award-winning, nationally recognized pro bono program and served as that firm’s first pro bono counsel for over 12 years.
With her team, Rachel sets the strategy and vision for DWT’s pro bono and social impact projects and initiatives nationwide, creates core programming, and works on key projects with DWT’s attorneys, staff members, and clients. Rachel graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked as an actor and musician in New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Seattle. In Seattle, she earned her paralegal certificate from the University of Washington and worked in the investment management group in one of Seattle’s leading law firms. When the opportunity to focus exclusively on pro bono work arose at DWT, Rachel—with a lifelong commitment to community service—was thrilled to be offered that opportunity, and today focuses on access to justice, community outreach, and corporate social responsibility issues. She is passionate about sharing her thoughts and experiences on service to others and access to justice with anyone who will listen.
Rachel currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, an international mission-driven membership organization of over 300 attorneys and practice group managers who run pro bono practices in over 130 of the world’s largest law firms.
KellyAnne Brophy, Pro Bono & Social Impact Manager
KellyAnne is the Pro Bono & Social Impact Manager at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. KellyAnne has worked in pro bono and social impact roles since 2017. In her current role, she is responsible for helping the firm achieve its commitment to pro bono and leads its social impact program. She has prior experience in managing employee volunteer programs.
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a dual bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Sociology and a minor in International Development. She will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s executive program in social impact strategy in September 2023.
Kaitlyn Fallon, Pro Bono Client Engagement Manager
Kaitlyn Fallon is Davis Wright Tremaine’s first Pro Bono Client Engagement Manager. In this role, she leads and oversees the firm’s partnerships with in-house legal departments. From helping companies build out and develop sophisticated pro bono priorities to engaging in direct legal services for communities and causes they care about the most, Kaitlyn is the go-to resource for clients who want to do good in the world. Prior to joining the Pro Bono & Social Impact Department, Kaitlyn was an associate in the Firm’s Employment Services Group and represented employers in all aspects of their labor and employment law needs. Kaitlyn also served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Steven L. Tiscione in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Kaitlyn is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and Brooklyn Law School, and presently serves on the board of the New York Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law.