Candace is our Ohio State Director and has had an extensive career in education as an Executive Director, Administrator, and leader of educational organizations and programs. She is a community organizer and has devoted herself to closing achievement, opportunity, and economic gaps. Candace serves in local government and political campaigns to improve communities and increase engagement, transparency, and access to resources. Additionally, Candace has worked in the non-profit sector with a focus on budgets, trauma-informed practices, and organizational development. Having a personal understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence, the systemic, interconnected effects of incarceration, and the everyday implications of legislative policy on communities and individual’s lives, working with Alliance for Safety and Justice’s collaborative, thoughtful, committed team has continued to fuel her desires to build statewide awareness of the importance of addressing policies that negatively and disproportionately affect specific communities and people of color. Candace is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Mount Union and lives near Cleveland, Ohio with her family. She loves to spend time enjoying her family, being a mom, exploring all things creative, serving her community, traveling, and helping others.