The Steering Committee guides the organization, and is comprised of member-leaders who have risen to distinction through their contributions to the organization. During these initial years the steering committee provides much needed stability with the primary goal of shaping the organization into a self-sufficient and self-governing organization. The structure gives the NAPD an opportunity to grow and adjust organically prior to settling into a more formal structure, and ensures that the organization is true to its mission, vision, goals and values. The steering committee, working alongside the general NAPD membership, is working towards:
- Securing necessary organizational funding/revenue;
- Growing membership;
- Reinforcing the overarching mission, vision, goals, and values;
- Creating an institutional governance structure capable of sustaining NAPD; and,
- Improving public defense throughout the country.
The Steering Committee is chaired by Paul DeWolfe and Derwyn Bunton is Vice-Chair. Stephen Hanlon is NAPD's General Counsel. Professor Norman Lefstein serves as a special advisor to the NAPD Steering Committee (non-voting). An Executive Committee serves NAPD, including members Derwyn Bunton, Dawn Deaner, Paul DeWolfe, Carlos Martinez, and Mark Stephens.