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.
Paul AmadorIT Director
Paul is well-versed with software product design, and agile development to bring a new product to market. Paul is a nationally recognized app developer known for solving community problems, with formal recognition from the US Congress, Senators, Assembly-members, and County Supervisors.
Paul is a living kidney-donor whose donation sparked the nation’s biggest coast-to-coast kidney donation chain and was featured by Katie Couric on CBS Evening News.
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
Andrea BroxtonChief Operations Officer
Prior to joining ASJ, Andrea was the Vice President of Operations at the Partnership for Children and Youth, an advocacy and capacity-building organization championing high-quality learning opportunities for underserved youth in California, with an emphasis on after school, summer learning, and community schools. While at the Partnership, she improved the organization’s business management systems by refining organizational structures such as work and budget planning, restructuring compensation practices, and building an integrated people operation platform for staff to share knowledge, provide feedback, and design organization-wide initiatives. In addition to her extensive organizational development and operations experience, Andrea is trained in over 10 group facilitation and adult learning tools and methodologies and has coached 100’s of staff, programs, and organizations across the United States and abroad. As a capacity-builder, she has worked to leverage staff expertise and organizational culture to deepen annual and strategic planning strategies and scale business processes. Broxton holds a BA in Anthropology from Indiana University and currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three children.
Juan Pablo ChavezCSSJ Regional Manager - Florida
Anna Cho FenleySurvivors Speak Campaign Director
Anna graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s in Social Work. She lives in Los Angeles.
John CutlerDirector of State Policy
Kimberly DeterlineCommunications Director, State Campaigns
Kimberly spent five years in New Orleans, before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. There she served as a policy advocate and communications consultant to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, which closed two notoriously violent youth prisons and increased alternatives to incarceration.
She co-produced two videos on criminal justice and communications: The Moreno-Pacheco Story: A Case Study of Principles for Dealing with Race and Media and Sudden Custody Death? The Justice for Aaron Williams Campaign. Her articles on criminal justice reform and racial justice issues have appeared in three books including Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice.
Prior to ASJ, she spent a year and a half as the Interim Chief of Staff for Californians for Safety and Justice. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Brittanie DialProgram Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Brittanie has over a decade of experience working on programming, community outreach, and development teams in the non-profit sector, advocating on behalf of homeowners who fell victim to predatory lending practices, and raising consciousness on social justice issues through community organizing and research.
Brittanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Kent State University and Masters of Art degree in Sociology with a concentration on Justice Studies and Data Analysis from Cleveland State University. She is deeply committed to public service and serves as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she sits on various committees in her local chapter.
She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Shakyra DiazManaging Director of Partnerships/Ohio State Director
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.
Eris EadyRegional Training Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Eris holds a Masters Degree in Positive Organizational Development & Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She currently serves as Training Manager for Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice working with victims of crime on how to tell their stories in service of advocating for change.
Her one woman show Womannish: Redefining Womanhood in a World that Won’t Make Room was presented at the Bisexual Arts Festival in Toronto, Ontario & her book Journey to Whole: excerpts, essays & exhales was published in 2016.
Vickey FloresGrants and Contracts Manager
Tricia ForbesRegional Training Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
After moving to Austin, TX in 1998, Tricia served as the Executive Director of ProTex: Network for a Progressive Texas and was a co-founder of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. She has also held leadership positions as the Grassroots Advocacy Director at the American Heart Association; Executive Director at the SIMS Foundation, a mental health organization serving Austin musicians and their families; and Deputy Director at the Texas Fair Defense Project.
Tricia has extensive consulting experience and has worked with criminal legal reform organizations like the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, as well as several projects that advocate for access to health care. Her most recent project was advocating for PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) compliance in Texas jails. Throughout her career, she has developed and presented training curricula on a range of issues, with a focus on ending sexual and domestic violence. A survivor of violent crime herself who has been in recovery from alcohol and drugs for a decade, she is passionate about working with other survivors to promote healing over retribution. She lives in Austin with her tween and teen children.
Latiah (Tia) HillScheduling Administrative Assistant
Tia was brought to ASJ by the direct impact Prop 47 has played in her life with her family. Tia is the oldest of all her siblings and has dealt with the restraints of having a record held on their future for growth. Prop 47 has changed the lives and future of her family.
She is passionate about seeing individuals and families grow in every aspect of life. Tia has the desire to work with individuals helping them to build up their confidence, provide structure, support, encouragement, and motivation. She truly believes in investing in our community. Her purpose is to pour back into others by helping individuals to grow and change the trajectory in the world we live in.
Tia is a wife, mother, daughter and sister. Originally from Sacramento, California; she and her husband raise their four beautiful children. Tia is an advocate for children, families, and the educational system. She is a part of community organizations, locally and nationally to provoke change in the world by rehabilitation and the commitment to social change.
Tinisch HollinsCalifornia State Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
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.
Mandela JonesChief Communications Officer
Mandela also previously worked in the New York Public Affairs practice of public relations and political consulting firm, BerlinRosen. His work there focused on helping issue advocacy clients dedicated to criminal justice and police reform, economic justice, and protecting the environment advance high-impact campaigns. He helped CPR shift public opinion in support of reforming the NYPD practice of stop-and-frisk and pass the Community Safety Act in New York City. Mandela also helped advance campaigns to raise the age of criminal responsibility and ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State.
Mandela previously served as the Budget & Communications Director for New York City Council Member Al Vann, who represented the neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. He holds an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. from Colorado College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Subhash KateelFlorida State Director
Brian KennerIllinois Director of Government Affairs
Prior to joining the Alliance for Safety and Justice Brian served at the Safer Foundation as the Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Legislative Affairs. He was also Senior Policy Analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives where he served on committees concerning public safety funding, consumer protection, and high education.
Brian holds his BA in Communication and his MPA from the University of Illinois and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Karalyn LaceyProgram Manager for the Vice President
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 LewisNational Training Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Nia LizannaOperations Manager
Kayla NelsonOperations Associate
Jerry PenaMidwest Regional Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Jerry was born in the “Windy City” and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In Ohio, Jerry is very involved in the community. He was Chair of the Civic Involvement Committee, where he recruited and trained local citizens on the importance of civic involvement. Jerry also worked with several non-profits like the Cleveland Housing Network, El Barrio and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative as Interim Executive Director in Youngstown, Ohio. Jerry has also worked for the PICO National Network in Florida, as the Executive Director of Faith in Florida, and as the Constituency Director for the For Our Future Political Pact.
Jerry attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, where he majored in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Communications. Jerry participated in an extended studies program while at BW that took him to South Africa, where he got a chance to see how leadership is played out on another continent.
Jerry is married to his wife of 20 years Margarita and they have two children together, Noah and Niah Peña.
Caroline PerezFinance Director
She has a BA in Politics from Saint Mary’s College and currently lives in Oakland, hoping to one day swim in Lake Merritt.
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 Government Affairs
Elizabeth (Liz) SanchezProgram Manager to the President
Liz brings several years of experience in administrative support, Spanish interpreting and translation and legal assistance for immigration attorneys.
She gained a passion for social justice advocacy from her experience with the Criminal Justice system, through her father’s incarceration and as a youth advocate in Project WHAT!, a youth group that provides training and legislative advocacy work in 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 is currently apprenticing to become an attorney. She resides in Richmond, California with her family.
Aqeela SherrillsSenior Project Manager, Shared Safety Initiative
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
Reena earned a bachelor degree at Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 2010 and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.
Aswad ThomasManaging 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.