Julian AldanaDigital Manager
Before ASJ, 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 fundraising. Before that, Julian came from Young Invincibles, where he build dynamic social media campaigns to engage young adults around health care open enrollment and important education policy fights.
Julian earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, and currently lives in Washington, DC with his partner.
Lenore AndersonPresident, Alliance for Safety and Justice
Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
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 BrownyOperations Associate
She volunteers for Initiate Equity, a small consulting business that supports organizations pursuing racial justice through diversity.
Julie lives in Hampton, Virginia with her partner.
Juan Pablo ChavezFaith and Latino Outreach Manager for Alliance for Safety and Justice
After moving to Florida, he worked with low-income senior citizens and faith leaders to access affordable housing and better public transportation. He has also worked with Latinos and faith leaders though the Florida Immigrant Coalition. As the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Florida, he engaged 2,200 people of faith for various campaigns in support of proactive immigration policies while training 150 lay and clergy leaders to support local, state, and national policy changes in support of immigrant families in Florida.
Kimberly DeterlineNational Media Trainer
Shakyra DiazManaging Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Shakyra joined ASJ in 2016 as the Regional Director for the Midwest region, where she provided leadership for advocacy campaigns in the Midwest, resulting in criminal justice reforms and the establishment of trauma recovery centers to help underserved crime survivors heal. Prior to joining ASJ, Shakyra worked as an educator and led policy reform campaigns. In these different capacities, Shakyra enhanced educational outcomes for students and led successful policy, legislative, and judicial rules campaigns to improve justice systems. Her efforts have led to the elimination of unfair drug law policies, enhanced protections for sexual assault victims during interviews, expanded access to counsel, supported voting rights access for currently and formerly incarcerated people, and ended routine juvenile shackling in courts.
Drawing on her personal experience with sexual and community violence and her understanding of various systems, Shakyra helped shape systemic recommendations for reform efforts, including the Cleveland Division of Police’s consent decree. Shakyra is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her family.
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
In addition to her extensive work with legal aid organizations, she has also contracted with start-up non-profit organizations and has helped with systems, capacity-building fun
Vickey earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University with a degree in English Literature and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Andi GentileResearch Manager
Andi served as Youth Justice Policy Strategist at the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, synthesizing research and analyzing policy to support the first center dedicated to ending the practice of placing youth on sex offense registries.
Prior to that, Andi worked in the Texas legislature, lending research support to efforts to raise the age at which youth are tried as adults, among other criminal-legal system change efforts. Andi previously completed a community organizing residency at Domestic Workers United in New York and built leadership with young queer people at the Texas GSA Network, who were transforming their schools by rejecting the perception that schools should increase punishment to stop bullying, knowing they were targets of both bullying and punishment.
She earned a B.A. in gender studies and psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Andi is deeply committed to change work that tends to intersections and that centers the experiences and expertise of those most impacted by unjust policies and systems. She currently lives in Oakland.
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
Subhash serves as the Florida State Director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, where he is responsible for designing and implementing statewide campaigns to advance policies that improve public safety while elevating the voices of crime survivors.
Over the course of his career, he has served as an executive director, organizer and a campaign director – successfully designing and implementing community education efforts and policy campaigns. Subhash has experience building partnerships across a wide spectrum of stakeholders including faith based organizations, non-profits, elected leaders and organizations that represent working families.
Subhash brings a sophisticated understanding of civic engagement to his work with ASJ, with experience building voter power via volunteer bases in communities with historically low voter turnouts. Subhash spent three years on Miami’s airwaves hosting his own radio show – where he brought together guests from across the political spectrum to discuss Florida’s most pressing issues.
He is originally from Saginaw, Michigan but his growing family has called Florida home for almost a decade.
Karalyn LaceyProgram and Executive Assistant
She started her career in economic consulting at Analysis Group where she conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis for expert witness reports. Her interest in criminal justice reform solidified while she interned as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley Law School’s Death Penalty Clinic assisting faculty and students in reviewing evidentiary materials pertaining to death penalty cases. While at Berkeley she also helped to assemble a national database of people sentenced to life in prison without parole for crimes committed as juveniles and assisted with a project that explored whether machine learning could reduce the problems of inconsistency and bias in adjudication.
Karalyn received a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and currently lives in Berkeley.
Jonathon LewisChapter Development Manager
Jonathon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and a Masters in Public Administration from Bowie State University. Jonathon begin his organizing career during his collegiate years, where he mobilized young adults across the state of Texas around education, issue advocacy, and civic engagement.
He lives in Houston, Texas.
Nia LizannaOperations Manager
Most recently Nia worked for the American Nurses Association and the American Dental Education Association in operations and facilities roles. Her nonprofit experience includes program and operations management work at The Sentencing Project, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She has also worked for small businesses such as The Carmen Group and Guizzetti and Associates.
Nia holds a BA from Tulane University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. A native of New Orleans, Nia lives with her family in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie OngSystems Development Manager
Prior to joining Californians for Safety and Justice, Stephanie was the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Center for Youth Wellness where she developed the organization’s communications department from the ground up. For three years, she served as Director of Communications for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. In this position, she ran a high volume press operation, managed media relations on high profile cases, and executed media strategies on issues such as criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and alternative sentencing.
For ten years, Stephanie was co-founder and principal of a political consulting and public relations firm where she ran candidate, issue driven, and media campaigns that focused on the needs of children, families, and marginalized populations. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Emerge California and is one of the founders of PowerPAC.org.
Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. She lives in Oakland with her son.
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.
Robert RooksVice President, Alliance for Safety and Justice
Associate Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
Prior to ASJ, Robert was a national criminal justice campaigner and expert working to advance solutions to criminal justice problems through sentencing reform, crime victim advocacy and advancing new safety priorities. Robert was the Organizing Director for the Yes on Prop 47 campaign, a statewide ballot initiative projected to reduce incarceration and re-allocate savings to drug treatment, K-12 programming and victim services.
Robert also served as the Criminal Justice Director for the NAACP. Robert was the founding director of the program and provided strategic direction, oversight and management of criminal justice activities. He was responsible for launching the “Misplaced Priorities – Educate Not Incarcerate” campaign, where he worked with Right on Crime to recruit conservatives to join NAACP’s efforts to reduce state prison populations.
Robert served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and St. Joseph’s College, and at Central Connecticut State University. Robert lives in Sacramento, California with his family.
Seema SadanandanManaging Director for Campaigns
Prior to joining ASJ, she worked in the nation’s capital to advance civil rights and liberties.
Seema is an experienced documentary filmmaker and campaign strategist for social movements in the United States and abroad. She is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and Tulane University and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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.
Aswad ThomasChapter Development and Membership Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
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 Organization 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 with his fiancé.
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
Naty has years of experience in progressive media, first in publishing and then on The Laura Flanders Show, a news program dedicated to analyzing inequality from a systemic viewpoint. In her spare time she works with the New Sanctuary Coalition, which advocates for immigration reform and provides services for immigrants in need. She graduated from Duke University in Political Science and Philosophy, and is currently based in New York.
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
Propelled by her grief over the murder of her only brother John John, Keevy made the move to the non-profit sector, with hopes of amplifying the voices of victims of crime and their families. Her studies in Criminal Justice at Dallas Baptist University, led to a field research position at the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas.
She has organized conferences dealing with drug awareness policy change, gun violence, and mothers against teen violence. Her personal story about the ineffectiveness of the “War on Drugs” was featured as an opinion editorial on Russell Simmons’ Global Grind website.
Keevy is a proud mother of 3 boys, including a United States Airman, and her little sister who is an actress and activist. She is also a comedian committed to policy awareness, criminal justice reform and spreading joy.
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.