Founder & CEO
Darcy Olsen founded Gen Justice in 2017 with a foster baby in her arms and a mission: to put an end to the bureaucratic failures, violence, and death she’d seen children suffer in our nation’s broken child protection system.
Before the organization’s first birthday, Gen Justice’s inaugural reforms passed in a bipartisan landslide and were in place to help 15,000 abandoned and abused kids. By the end of year two, those reforms had taken root in multiple states, reaching 35,000 kids.
It all started in 2010 when Olsen felt inspired to foster. The social worker told her, “We have newborns sleeping in offices...If you could open a crib, we’d be thankful.” She left the NICU cradling a drug-exposed baby girl; the first of ten she would take in.
In case after case, Olsen saw how predators receive more protection than their child victims. Criminals have the constitutional right to an attorney; kids don’t. Criminals have the constitutional right to a speedy trial; kids don’t. And while criminals have the right to a public trial, child welfare hearings routinely are held in the dark with records sealed, protecting public agencies from oversight, accountability and reform.
Gen Justice was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Gregor G. Peterson Prize in Venture Philanthropy in 2019, the Arizona Capitol Times award for “Up and Comer” in 2018 and Olsen herself was named as a “Best Activist” honoree in 2019.
Prior to founding Gen Justice, Darcy served as CEO of the Goldwater Institute. Among her achievements was spearheading the Right to Try movement, which started in Arizona and now gives all Americans with terminal illnesses a fighting chance at a longer life. With her seminal book, The Right to Try, as a bipartisan blueprint, 30 states adopted the law in rapid succession and paved the way for the passage of the federal law three years later.
Olsen received the 2014 Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for her pioneering work vindicating constitutional rights in state and federal courts. She has testified before Congress, lectured on children’s interests at Harvard Law School, written for outlets from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today and appeared on countless public affairs shows.
Darcy, a single mom, adopted her four children from foster care, now ages 8, 7, 6 & 3. When asked what she likes to do in her free time she responds, “What’s that?”
REBECCA SMITH MASTERSON
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Rebecca Masterson, an experienced attorney and entrepreneur, is a founding member of Gen Justice. While litigating at one of Phoenix’s busiest litigation and trial firms, Rebecca was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and invited for membership into Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. After several years in the court room, she founded a successful boutique firm, specializing in special education and disability law. She continues to be a sought-after speaker about the legal rights of disabled children. In 2019, Rebecca was honored for her legal work with Gen Justice and joined the Arizona Capitol Times' inaugural class of Women Achievers of Arizona.
Rebecca is a published writer and creator of the popular blog, Sincerely Becca. She is a small business owner, a volunteer lawyer for foster children with disabilities, and the mom to two teen boys. Her oldest son spent most of his childhood in foster care. Rebecca first met him during a school meeting when he was sixteen, and he became part of her family just before turning 18.
Prior to joining Gen Justice, Ann served as group vice president of communications and development at the Goldwater Institute. From 2012 - 2016, Ann was the chief development officer and president of Hamot Health Foundation in Erie, Pennsylvania. In that role, she directed philanthropic initiatives and provided community outreach. Ann also served for ten years in various roles for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Ann is an active member of her community and specifically enjoys being involved with her alma mater, Mercyhurst University, and supporting Emma’s Footprints, an organization which supports infant loss families.
Ann and her husband Tom enjoy skiing, swimming, and taking walks through the woods with their two young daughters.
Manager of Donor Relations
Prior to joining Gen Justice, Laura spent a decade strengthening the institutional capacity of multiple private schools, including playing a key role in launching a successful $45 million campaign for Westover School’s centennial. She has served several public policy organizations including the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Laura enjoys cooking for family and friends, reading to her children and serving on the Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools in New England. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
Alesia came to Gen Justice after serving for several years as a paralegal in private and municipal practices. Extremely organized and meticulous with details, Alesia is committed to using her unique skills to make a meaningful difference for children in need.
In her spare time, Alesia enjoys chairing the Arizona Paralegal Association’s Membership Committee, caring for her German Shepherd and pranking her colleagues.
Director of Technology
Tara Glass understands the technology needs of small business and loves using her skills to help these businesses grow. She founded GM Technology in 2011 and supports dozens of local businesses.
Tara is a mom of two, enjoys DIY home projects – the messier, the better! - and loves trying new restaurants.