Expert Panel

The National Compassion Fund is overseen by the National Center for Victims of Crime on the advice of a specially constituted Expert Panel, with experience in mass crime victim compensation and the needs of crime victims. The panel also includes victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes to ensure that the voice of the victims are heard and integral to the distribution process.

The Panel includes:

Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime
Jeffrey R. Dion, Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and Director of the Nation Crime Victim Bar Association
Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP
Mary Vail Ware, Director of Community Outreach with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and former Director, Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund for the Commonwealth of Virginia
Brad Garrett, Former FBI Agent and Principal of security consultancy International Investigations, Inc.
Victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes, Amardeep Kaleka, and Anita Busch, appointed by the National Center Executive Director.

The Expert Panel will consult with victims and their families, and also with law enforcement and others in the community affected by the mass crime to determine the eligible victim pool and the distribution of the funds.

Panelists serve in a volunteer capacity and, with the exception of travel expenses, are not compensated for their service. The Panel will convene public meetings to inform the public of its deliberations, and will meet privately with the victims and their families as required to assist them with the process.