Julian AldanaDigital Manager
Before joining the Alliance, Julian worked at the Center for Popular Democracy, where he moved online activists to offline action on economic and racial justice issues through email, social media, and online fundraising. Before that, Julian was at Young Invincibles, where he built dynamic social media campaigns to engage young adults around health care open enrollment, higher education, and employment.
Julian earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, and currently lives in San Francisco, California. His favorite people are his family, particularly his niece, Lalita.
Lenore was the Campaign Chair and co-author of Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative passed by voters in November 2014 to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to mental health, drug treatment, K-12 programs and victim services. The initiative represents the first time in the nation voters have elected to reclassify multiple sections of the penal code to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to communities.
Previously, Lenore served as Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. She also crafted local and state legislation to aid victims of domestic violence, protect violent crime witnesses, reduce elementary school truancy and reduce recidivism.
Lenore also previously served as Director of Public Safety for the Oakland Mayor, overseeing the Mayor’s violence-reduction and police recruitment initiatives, and as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. There she oversaw $10 million in violence-prevention grants, advised the Mayor on public safety matters, and launched a citywide gun buy-back program, Community Policing Task Force and Juvenile Justice Task Force.
Lenore serves on the Advisory Board of the Innovations in Prosecution initiative of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a cofounder and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative to reduce the health impacts of toxic stress on urban youth. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and lives with her family in Oakland, California.
Julie BrownyGrants and Contracts Associate
Juan Pablo ChavezFaith and Latino Outreach Manager
Kimberly DeterlineNational Media Trainer
Shakyra DiazManaging Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Doug DodsonSenior Coordinator for Advocacy and Campaigns
In addition, Doug served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Tim Bishop of New York and as a Department of Defense contractor and media specialist in Bogota, Colombia.
Doug’s passion for criminal justice reform was born in 2016 when he managed two successful criminal justice reform ballot initiatives in Oklahoma, initiatives 780 and 781, which voters overwhelmingly passed by 56% and 58% respectively. These bipartisan solutions to over-incarceration reduced the prison population and redirected the cost savings to counties to provide for drug treatment, mental health, and job training programs.
Vickey FloresGrants and Contracts Manager
Andi GentileResearch Manager
Seung HongDirector of Administration
He previously served as Chief of Staff to City Councilmember Shelley Midura, for whom he drafted policies and managed campaigns to reform the city’s troubled police department with an Independent Police Monitor, safely reduce the population in the city’s adult and juvenile jails, and create an Office of Inspector General and Ethics Review Board to watchdog against waste and corruption in city government.
Prior to his work with the city, Seung worked for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana as Communications Director and following Hurricane Katrina, he co-founded a criminal justice reform advocacy nonprofit called Safe Streets, Strong Communities.
Seung is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he studied English and Sociology.
Jessica HongOperations Associate
Her career in social justice started in education; she taught high school English in Philadelphia, PA before moving to New Orleans, LA where she served on operations teams at KIPP Leadership Primary and later ReNEW Accelerated High School.
Jessica is a recent transplant to Chicago where she performs stand-up comedy throughout the city.
Subhash KateelFlorida State Director
Karalyn LaceyProgram and Executive Assistant
Jonathon LewisNational Training Director
Nia LizannaOperations Manager
Stephanie OngSystems Development Manager
Kyla PerryProgram Manager for State Campaigns
Kyla has more than a decade of experience assisting organizations and companies with streamlining human resource processes and implementing business administration best practices. Her work has included supporting strategic initiatives, project/program coordination, system implementation, recruitment initiatives and process efficiency.
She is an active member of a faith-based community and participates regularly in restorative/healing spaces in her church as a youth leader. In 2015 Kyla created a weekly virtual space for young women to deepen their spiritual practice. Kyla received her masters in Human Resource Management and her MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.
Terry RilleraExecutive Assistant
Terry Rillera is the Executive Assistant to Lenore Anderson. Previously she was the executive assistant at the California League of Conservation Voters, the nonpartisan political arm of California’s environmental movement, and before that at the Public Policy Institute of California, which performs independent, objective, nonpartisan public policy research.
She’s a long-standing volunteer with both the Tibetan Aid Project and the Berkeley Public Library Bookstore. Her poetry was anthologized in the collection “Going Home to a Landscape” and has appeared in both print and online journals.
Terry received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her M.A. from University of San Francisco.
Robert RooksVice President
Seema SadanandanManaging Director for Campaigns
Elizabeth (Liz) SanchezExecutive & Administrative Assistant
While at EBCLC, Liz also served as a temporary Executive Assistant, Spanish interpreter and Legal Assistant for immigration attorneys. She gained a passion for social justice advocacy through her participation in Project WHAT!, a youth group that makes presentations in universities, jails and prisons throughout California about the impact on children when a parent is incarcerated.
Liz received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University, and currently resides in the Bay Area, California with her family.
Aqeela SherrillsNational Training Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Aqeela grew up in the Jordan Downs Housing Project in Watts, Los Angeles and at 19, he began working with football star Jim Brown and co-founded the Amer-I-Can Program, Inc. to heal gang violence around the country by negotiating peace treaties in those cities. In 1992, he and his brother Daude, along with several others, forged a historic truce between the Crips and the Bloods in Watts. When the ceasefire began to fray, the Sherrills brothers created the Community Self-Determination Institute in 1999 to tackle the overwhelming personal and social issues and trauma experienced by members of the community.
On January 10, 2004, Sherrills’ 18-year-old son, Terrell, home from studying theater arts in college, was shot and killed. Determined that Terrell’s death not be in vain, Aqeela launched the Reverence Project to develop comprehensive wellness centers in urban war zones in order to introduce those who suffer from high levels of trauma to alternative healing technologies to support individuals on their healing journeys.
In addition to working with ASJ, Aqeela advises the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ on his community-based violence reduction initiative, is a fellow with the Just Beginnings Collaborative, a national network of leaders and organizations working to end child sexual abuse, and serves as a partner in LOCOL, a national fast food chain bringing healthy and responsibly-sourced food to inner cities.
Reena SinghDevelopment Associate
Aswad ThomasChapter Development and Membership Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
On August 24, 2009, Aswad was 26 years old and just three weeks from going to Europe to play professional basketball. As he left a convenience store, he was approached by two men intent on robbing him and he suffered two near-fatal gunshots to his back, ending his basketball career. Aswad’s story was featured in the New Yorker Magazine, “Black Wounds Matter”, NPR, “Black Men Who Are Crime Victims Have Few Places to Turn, Sacramento Bee, “California’s crime survivors must speak out for smart justice, “VICE/The Marshall Project, “How I Came to Terms with the Man Who Shot Me, Marshall Project, “We are Witnesses”, and the Hartford Courant, “On Hartford Streets, A Life Nearly Derailed by Bullets”, “Hartford Shooting Survivor Stands Against The Violence”. He went on to become one of Connecticut’s most outspoken supporters of additional resources for victims of gun violence and has been a leader in building coalitions across racial lines to advance justice reform and prevent gun violence. Aswad founded Hartford Action, a grassroots organization working to empower communities to change policy and improve the relationship between the Greater Hartford community and the justice system.
Aswad is developing Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice Chapters in Alliance for Safety and Justice’s partner states (and beyond). He is helping to expand our national network of crime survivors to include those most commonly affected by violence, including young men of color, and help elevate those voices in state and federal policymaking debates. Aswad received a Master’s of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing and focused area of study in Urban Issues, from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Business Management from Elms College. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his Wife.
Terra TuckerTexas State Director
For the past ten years, Terra served as a policy analyst working for the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, alongside Committee Chair and Dean of the Senate, Senator John Whitmire. She was responsible for drafting legislation related to criminal and juvenile justice, evaluating policy, guiding implementation, monitoring state agencies including the Texas prison system, and working with constituents on individual and community issues.
Terra served on select committees and boards dealing with human trafficking, wrongful convictions, and juvenile records. Most notably, she has used her experience working across party lines to help pass legislation to decriminalize truancy and maintain treatment options for incarcerated individuals in Texas. Additionally, she was instrumental in the passage of legislation to improve mental health standards in jails and establish pre-jail diversion for arrested persons.
Terra received a BA in Psychology from St Edward’s University in Austin.
Natascha Elena UhlmannCommunications Associate
Annie WhalenDevelopment Manager
Annie previously served as the Director of Development at JustLeadershipUSA, where she worked closely with the founder to help launch the organization, grow its funding portfolio, and implement its nationwide “Leading with Conviction” training program for formerly incarcerated advocates. Annie also worked as Coordinator at the Freelancers Union and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Union Settlement Association, a nonprofit that brings holistic programming to East Harlem residents. She has consulted with several nonprofit organizations as a grant writer and development strategist.
Annie received a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Vermont. She lives in San Francisco.
Keevonya (Keevy) WilkersonOperations Associate
Dionne WilsonNational Crime Survivor Advocate
In 2012, she began volunteering as a survivor advocate for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, joining other victims working to elevate their voices and calls for smarter justice policies. In April 2015, she joined Californians for Safety and Justice as staff, expanding her role as a survivor advocate in Sacramento and throughout the state, as well as helping to elevate the voices of other crime survivors. Dionne now supports ASJ’s efforts to train and organize crime survivors to become advocates in the media and in state capitols across the country.