Professional Staff

Camellia N. Assefi

Staff Assistant

Camellia Assefi received her bachelor of arts in justice & law with a concentration in criminal justice from American University in May 2015. While at American, she was an arts and entertainment writer for the Eagle, a teaching assistant for the Executive-in-Residence of the Kogod Business School, and a member of the Washington Mentorship Program. A D.C. native, she previously held internships with the Kojo Nnamdi Show and in the Office of the Chancellor of DC Public Schools.

Prior to joining Bancroft, she worked at William Morris Endeavor as a scripted television intern and signed a television series concept with the Writers Guild of America. Ms. Assefi is fluent in Farsi and has a working proficiency in French.

Thomas C. Donovan

General Manager

Thomas C. Donovan received his bachelor of arts from The University of Maryland in College Park in sociology. While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Donovan served as an executive board member for Sigma Chi fraternity. Additionally, he served as a member of the University College Republicans organization.

Prior to joining Bancroft, Mr. Donovan held various summer positions at Pratt and Whitney, a United Technologies Company.


Rachel S. Hoffmann

Executive Manager

Rachel Hoffmann received her bachelor of arts in international relations with a concentration in international development and Latin American studies from American University’s School of International Service in May 2012.

Ms. Hoffmann has a diverse set of international experiences ranging from working as an au pair in Hamburg, Germany, studying in Bolivia, to volunteering along the Mexican-Guatemalan border in Chiapas, Mexico. During her undergraduate studies, she also volunteered providing support to detained immigrants in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Hoffmann is fluent in Spanish and has a basic understanding of Swahili and French. She has been a member of the Bancroft team since 2009.

Ashley L. Mata

Staff Attorney and Case Manager

Ashley Mata graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law and is admitted to the California Bar.  During law school, Ms. Mata served as a senior editor for the California Western Law Review and International Journal and an honors instructor for legal writing.   She served as a law clerk with the Criminal Division of Appeals, Writs, and Trials of the California Office of the Attorney General, during which she twice argued before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District.  Ashley earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University while working as a paralegal.


James P. Mooney

Research Associate

James Mooney received his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, with honors in history from Davidson College.  While at Davidson, Mr. Mooney was President of the Philanthropic Literary Society, a tutor at the College Writing Center, Acting Chair of the Student Government Charters & Bylaws Committee, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  In 2012 he studied British history and literature at Cambridge University, and took French at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France.  Mr. Mooney was a Summer Fellow at the Hertog Political Studies Program in 2013.

Janet Potter

Chief Administrative Officer

Throughout her wide-ranging career, Janet Potter has provided executive assistance to numerous high-level national and international leaders. Forward-looking executives have found her skill set, her character and her unique competencies of enormous benefit with their demanding responsibilities. Her capacity for focused and dedicated assistance has garnered a reputation of quality and distinction.

Ms. Potter began her career in Washington as Executive Assistant to a Senator and then Confidential Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. She continued at the Department of Justice to work with Paul Clement, before and after he became Solicitor General of the United States. When Mr. Clement transitioned to private practice with the change of administrations, she joined him.

Ms. Potter graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology from Tarkio College, then continued her formal education through the University of the Nations in the United States and Europe. Through subsequent informal training and work experience with International Medical Charity Mercy Ships, she gained expertise in cross-cultural awareness and international relief and development.


Allyson J. Saca

Operations Assistant

Allyson Saca received her bachelor of arts from Whittier College, where she majored in history and double-minored in English and religion. While at Whittier, Ms. Saca served as the Director of Events for the Whittier College student body, as well as held an Executive Board position within the student government. In December 2012, Ms. Saca graduated with a master of arts in museum professions with an emphasis in museum management from Seton Hall University. Ms. Saca’s thesis, Fashionable Sponsorship: Fashion Corporations and Cultural Institutions, focused on the sponsorship of museum exhibitions and cultural heritage restorations by fashion corporations. This thesis was published in the spring of 2013.

Before joining Bancroft PLLC, Ms. Saca was the Communications Coordinator at the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C.

Lindsey A. Shea

Staff Assistant

Lindsey Shea received her bachelor of arts in English and history from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Ms. Shea was a contributing editor and writer for The Anthem and the Georgetown Independent, and a blogger for the Junior Year Abroad Network at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Ms. Shea also rowed for Georgetown’s Women’s Lightweight Crew team and tutored with Jumpstart AmeriCorps.