Denise Foderaro is a justice advocate and philanthropist who played a central role in the creation of The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Denise serves as a research volunteer and Advisory Board member of the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges.
Denise has been honored by Death Penalty Focus (Rose Elizabeth Bird Commitment to Justice Award), the Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Hero of Justice Award) and the Northern California Innocence Project (Leadership Award). She is the founding donor and inspiration for Death Penalty Focus’ Justice Advocates program, which empowers people with firsthand experience of the criminal justice system to become advocates for justice reform by telling their personal stories to the public.
The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation provided the lead gift that created the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Denise earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy magna cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania.