Our Staff

Paul Amador

Digital Engagement Strategist
Paul is an information technologist with over eight years of executive experience designing 100+ custom software solutions for Enterprise and Startup clients like 3M, ESPN, SIEMENS, Clean Up Stockton, and more. 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 Anderson

Lenore is the co-founder and President of Alliance for Safety and Justice, and founder of Californians for Safety and Justice. She is an attorney with extensive experience working to reform criminal justice and public safety systems. Lenore was the Campaign Chair and co-author of Proposition 47, a 2014 California ballot initiative 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 state money from prisons to communities. More than half a billion dollars has been reallocated from state prisons to community-based public safety programs. She also served on the Executive Committee for California’s Proposition 57 to expand prison rehabilitation and earned credit for release and Florida’s Amendment 4 to provide voting eligibility to people with old records in Florida.  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 innovative initiatives to expand alternatives to incarceration and build community partnerships. She also crafted local and state legislation to aid victims of domestic violence and protect violent crime witnesses. Lenore also previously served as Director of Public Safety for the Oakland Mayor, overseeing the Mayor’s violence reduction initiatives, and as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice where she oversaw the city’s violence prevention grants and launched city-community partnerships to improve public safety. Lenore serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovations in Prosecution of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Behavioral Health Task Force. She 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.

Andrea Broxton

Chief Operating Officer
Andrea Broxton is the Chief Operating Officer at the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), and is responsible for leading the organization’s state and national operations. In this capacity, she oversees the operational and financial growth plans that enable ASJ to scale up and sustain its national reach across 15 states. Broxton joined ASJ in October 2018 and brings 20 years of experience in non-profit management and program development. She has a wealth of expertise in the areas of talent management, program strategy, and organizational planning. Her proven track record in building mission-driven organizations started early in her career when she led a mentoring program for children, ages 4-18, who had a parent in the state or federal prison system. During this time, she advocated for children and families impacted by incarceration and crime and learned first-hand about the urgent need to advance new safety solutions rooted in prevention, rehabilitation, and community health. Over the years, Andrea has carried this experience with her and has transferred this knowledge into how she develops systems that govern programs and organizations. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrea is respected for her continuous learning approach to organizational and staff development. Beneath her approach is a keen awareness of the issues and innovations that unify people and create pathways for learning and collaboration, resulting in stellar programs and advocacy efforts that deliver a lasting impact on youth, adults, and communities. 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 Chavez

FL CSSJ & Partnerships Manager
Juan Pablo has been working in Latino communities and with faith leaders for over 20 years. In 1992, he began organizing youth groups for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1999, he helped implement the CeaseFire model in the Southside of Chicago, a program to reduce shootings and murders while offering positive alternatives, and mobilized faith communities to respond when a shooting happened. Working with immigrant students (DREAMers) and clergy in Illinois, he helped secure in-state tuition for undocumented students in the state. 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.

Anna Cho Fenley

Survivors Speak Campaign Director

Anna began her career as a social worker and youth justice advocate. Her personal experience as a child sexual abuse survivor and family separation is what called her to work in policy. Anna joined CSJ after serving as the Policy Director of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, where she helped pass three major pieces of legislation that encourage lawmakers to consider a young person’s age when they commit a crime as it relates to sentencing, parole eligibility, and more. Prior to ARC, she served in the office of State Senator Carol Liu where she developed a veteran intern program for legislative offices and worked on issues such as homelessness, juvenile justice reform, human trafficking, and women’s health.

Anna graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s in Social Work. She lives in Los Angeles.

John Cutler

Managing Director, State Policy and Research
John is a criminal justice reform advocate with extensive experience developing policy strategies for successful reform campaigns. As Director of State Policy at Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), John leads the research and development of new policy approaches in support of ASJ’s work across states. Prior to joining ASJ, John crafted policy strategies for numerous criminal justice reform efforts, both legislative and ballot campaigns, in states across the country. John holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He lives in New York.

Kimberly Deterline

Communications Training Director and Strategist
Kim Deterline has over 20 years of experience working in communications and advocacy to pursue racial and economic justice and criminal justice reform. She has worked with the American Bar Association, the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Innocence Project and Van Jones, co-host of CNN’s Crossfire. She founded and directed a communications training and capacity-building firm called We Interrupt This Message, which helped reform juvenile and criminal justice policy across the country, free innocent young men jailed due to racial prejudice, and defeat ballot initiatives that disproportionally and negatively impact people of color. 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 Dial

Video Producer
Before joining Alliance for Safety and Justice, Brittanie worked for the city of Cleveland’s civilian oversight of law enforcement agency where she managed the data management systems, civilian intake process and statistical reporting to various government officials and community stakeholders committed to improving the relationship between the police and the community. 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 Diaz

Chief of Federal Advocacy
A strategist with extensive public policy and organizing experience grounded in authentic coalition building, Shakyra is Alliance for Safety and Justice’s Chief of Federal Advocacy. She previously served as the Chief of Staff, interim Ohio State Director and Managing Director of Partnerships. 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 Dodson

Senior Coordinator for Advocacy and Campaigns
Doug has worked in electoral politics for the last twenty-seven years. He has managed twenty-two campaigns including races for city council, mayor, state house, state Senate, U.S. Congress, governor, U.S. Senate and has served as state director for a presidential campaign. He has also worked as a political media consultant and field-GOTV consultant.

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 Flores

Director of Compliance
Vickey Flores, Grants and Contracts Manager

Vickey Flores, Grants and Contracts Manager

Prior to joining the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Vickey worked for Bay Area Legal Aid as a Grants Officer, overseeing federal, local government, and foundation grants for Alameda County and Contra Costa County as well as re-entry grants and contracts in all counties of the Bay Area.  During her year at BayLegal, she secured over $5 million in funding, including $2,650,000 from new sources. She also previously worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), managing all local government, state, and foundation grants for the cities of Berkeley and Oakland on issues including housing/eviction defense, re-entry, public benefits, and immigration. While at EBCLC, she successfully transitioned the organization from an access-based case management system to a web-based database and provided trainings, best practices for data management, and statistics gathering. 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 fundraising, and preparing organizations for funder site visits and audits. 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.

Tricia Forbes

Senior Manager, CSSJ Member Support
Tricia leads CSSJ’s Member Support Program, which offers a menu of resources for healing and wellness. She has 25 years of experience working in the movement for social, economic, and racial justice. Her career began at a feminist collective family violence program in Asheville, NC doing community outreach and training. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina and did her practicums as a policy intern at the Common Sense Foundation and a counselor for sexual assault survivors at the Duke University Women’s Center. 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. A survivor of violent crime herself who has been in recovery from alcohol and drugs for 14 years, she is passionate about working with other survivors to promote healing. She lives in Austin in a full house with her two amazing teenagers, two rowdy dogs, and a precious cat.

Andi Gentile

Associate Director, State Policy
Andi Gentile, Senior State Policy Manager

Andi Gentile, Senior State Policy Manager

Andi has been working in movements for social change for over a decade, first as an organizer and for the last several years through policy research and analysis. She has collaborated on decarceration efforts and efforts to build safety outside of the criminal punishment system in Texas and California. Before coming to ASJ, Andi worked at Impact Justice, contesting policies that put youth on sex offense registries. Andi previously completed a community organizing residency doing worker organizing in New York, and she built leadership with queer and trans youth in Texas, who were transforming their schools and also challenging policing on school grounds. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas. Andi currently lives in Oakland, CA.

Tinisch Hollins

Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director
Tinisch Hollins, Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director

Tinisch Hollins, Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director

A crime survivor and a native of San Francisco, Tinisch is the Executive Director of Californians for Safety and Justice — the Alliance for Safety and Justice’s flagship state-based program in California. Tinisch previously served for two years as CSJ’s Associate Director as well as the California State Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), after starting with the organization as the Bay Area chapter coordinator of CSSJ. Her leadership helped to pass historic first-in-the-nation legislation that extended employment leave for all survivors of violence, as well as legislation permitting crime victims to terminate their leases if they no longer feel safe in their homes following a crime. Tinisch also played a pivotal leadership role in the defeat of Proposition 20, a regressive ballot measure on the 2020 California ballot that sought to repeal numerous successful criminal justice reforms.  She has been deeply engaged in the Bay Area social justice movement as the community organizer, policy advocate and systems navigator for nearly two decades. Tinisch has worked passionately to bring the voices of survivors to the center of community engagement and public policy and has advocated tirelessly for those voices to guide decisions, priorities, and resources. Prior to joining CSJ in 2019, Tinisch served in various leadership capacities in local government, including at the San Francisco Human Services Agency and in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Seung Hong

Director of Administration
Seung is a veteran of local government and  has extensive experience on electoral and  advocacy campaigns. In New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s inaugural term, Seung served for three years as the city’s youngest cabinet member.  As a cabinet member, he was tapped to operate and turn around the city’s beleaguered juvenile justice system, which was under federal court oversight for unconstitutional conditions.

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 Hong

Operations Program Manager
Jessica Hong is our Operations Program Manager and has been a proud member of the ASJ Operations team since 2017. Jessica graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in both Creative Writing and American Ethnic Studies. Their career in nonprofit operations began in education where they worked on the data and operations teams for local schools in New Orleans. She’s now back in her hometown of Seattle with her amazing kiddo, Kai.

Subhash Kateel

Director, Scaling Safety
Subhash is an experienced strategist and community organizer with 15 years of experience advancing criminal justice reform in Florida and New York. 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 Lacey

CSSJ Program Manager
Before coming to the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Karalyn worked at GiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project, managing their accounting and providing research support to senior staff on projects related to the criminal justice system and giving opportunities in the social sciences. 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 Lewis

National Training Director
Jonathon is a skilled community organizer who, prior to joining ASJ, worked as a Manager of Organizing Strategy for Leadership for Educational Equity – Louisiana, where he coached and provided strategies for teachers and former teachers to change education policies locally and statewide. He was also a Project Manager for Grassroots Solutions LLC, in Washington, DC, as well as a Regional Field Fellow with the NAACP and Deputy Youth Vote Director with the Obama campaign in Ohio. 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 Lizanna

Operations Manager
Nia Lizanna brings over 20 years of experience in office operations, including finance, accounting, database management, human resources and facilities management, in nonprofit, association and small business environments. 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.

Kayla Nelson

Senior Grants & Contracts Associate
Kayla Nelson, Operations Associate

Kayla Nelson, Operations Associate

Before working with Alliance for Safety and Justice, Kayla worked as a paralegal for an Appellate Services Company in New York City preparing records, briefs, and motions for various New York State Courts. During this time she gained considerable knowledge ensuring consultant compliance in appellate rules and regulations. She is a recent graduate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City earning her BA in Forensic Psychology.

Jerry Pena

Midwest Regional Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Jerry started working at the Alliance for Safety and Justice in June 2018 as the Midwest Regional Manager for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, which includes Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

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 Perez

Finance Director
Caroline oversees the budget for Alliance for Safety and Justice, bringing 10 years of finance, administration, human resources and technology experience. Previously she worked at Fenton, a public interest communications firm, managing their San Francisco and Los Angeles operations while providing additional expertise to the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices. This included contract negotiations, budgets and reporting requirements for many of the firms largest nonprofit and foundation clients, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and First Five LA. With an interest in creating a positive, inspiring office culture, Caroline does her best to insert some playfulness into the hard work of social change organizations.

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 Perry

HR Manager, People & Culture
Kyla is a human resources and business administration professional.  Kyla serves as the Program Manager for State Campaigns at the Alliance for Safety and Justice where she is responsible for designing and implementing an organization-wide management infrastructure.
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 Rillera

Executive Assistant to the President & CSJ Executive Director

Terry Rillera is the Executive Assistant to Lenore Anderson and Tinisch Hollins. 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 Rooks

President Emeritus of Advisory Board

Robert is a seasoned organizer and campaigner who over the last two decades worked to achieve landmark wins in justice reform in multiple states.

Robert is the co-founder of Alliance for Safety and Justice where he oversees all of ASJ’s state-based advocacy strategies and campaigns and the Organizing Director of 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 Sadanandan

Managing Director for Government Affairs
Seema is an attorney and seasoned campaign strategist. As Managing Director of State Campaigns at the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Seema oversees campaigns and legislative advocacy strategies in ASJ’s partner states. 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) Sanchez

State Policy Manager
Liz Sanchez, Senior Manager, State Capacity

Liz Sanchez, Senior Manager, State Capacity

Liz is our State Policy Manager. Liz’s journey within our organization has spanned over eight years. From her beginnings as an Executive Assistant to the President, she was a crucial point of contact and facilitated seamless communication across departments. Building on her foundation, Liz elevated her role to become the Program Manager to the President. In this capacity, she continued overseeing administrative functions and assumed responsibility for supporting strategic initiatives. Liz’s trajectory led her toTimeDone, where she took on the role of Program Manager. Alongside the National Director, she supported the execution of multi-faceted projects, fostering cross-functional collaboration and ensuring timely delivery of results. Most recently, Liz served as Senior Manager for TimeDone. Her strategic insight, honed through years of experience working alongside leadership, empowered her to drive results and contribute to meeting the company’s strategic priorities. She continues to demonstrate an unwavering dedication to our work, fostering an environment of productivity, collaboration, and inclusivity. Liz’s commitment to our mission is deeply personal, rooted in her family’s direct experiences within the criminal justice system. These firsthand encounters have ignited a passion for social justice advocacy. Liz is on a journey towards becoming an attorney through California’s law office/judge’s chambers program, further expanding her ability to drive transformative change. Liz holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aqeela Sherrills

Senior Project Manager, Shared Safety Initiative
Aqeela Sherrills is a spirit-centered activist, working to promote healing in marginalized communities and community ownership of public safety and is the National Training Director for 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 Thomas

VP, ASJ & National Director, CSSJ
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. Today, Aswad leads ASJ’s organizing efforts as the Vice President. In this role, Aswad is dedicated to expanding ASJ’s 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 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. Aswad’s story has been 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” and “Hartford Shooting Survivor Stands Against The Violence”. Prior to his time at ASJ, he was one of Connecticut’s most outspoken supporters of additional resources for victims of gun violence and became 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.

Terra Tucker

Texas State Director
Terra is a policy analyst with more than a decade of experience in the Texas legislature and criminal justice field.  Terra serves as the Texas State Director for the Alliance for Safety and Justice where she is responsible for developing and executing justice reform campaigns that center safety and that elevate the voices of crime victims. 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.

Annie Whalen

Sr. Manager for Storytelling & Content
Annie has broad experience in project management, narrative-shifting and fundraising in the field of criminal justice reform. In her current role, she works across the organization to produce content and collect, share, and bank stories that reshape the conversation on safety and justice. Previously she served as Development Manager at ASJ and CSJ where she oversaw their full grant portfolios and worked closely with leadership to shape narrative and content for two rapidly growing organizations. Prior to joining ASJ, she played a leadership role in launching the organization JustLeadershipUSA, growing its funding portfolio and helping to implement its nationwide “Leading with Conviction” training program for advocates who are formerly incarcerated. Annie also worked as a Coordinator at the Freelancers Union and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and she has consulted with several other nonprofits. Annie received a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Vermont.

Keevonya (Keevy) Wilkerson

ASJ Senior Events Associate
Keevy Wilkerson, Operations Associate

Keevy Wilkerson, Operations Associate

Keevonya (Keevy) Wilkerson serves as our Senior Events Associate. She also provides administrative support for staff and the Vice President of Alliance for Safety of Justice. Keevy has over 20 years experience in legal administrative support beginning her work with many high profile law firms in Dallas, Texas. 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.

Jason Ziedenberg

Federal Policy Director
Jason Ziedenberg, Director of Research and Publications Jason is the Alliance for Safety and Justice’s Federal Policy Director. Her was previously the Director of Research and Publications. He is the former Executive Director and Director for Research and Policy with the Justice Policy Institute. He has also served on executive team of probation, parole and juvenile justice agencies in Washington, D.C., and Oregon. He has conducted research for dozens of criminal justice policy groups, like the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the U.S. Justice Department, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York, and the University of Toronto.



Job Openings

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

ASJ is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to provide strategic financial leadership in overseeing all aspects of financial management for ASJ. A new position, the CFO will be responsible for oversight of the day-to-day financial operations, guarantee the current and future financial health of the organization, and lead a team of finance and accounting professionals. A successful candidate is a seasoned organizational leader with the strategic, tactical, and management chops to be a partner in business planning for ASJ’s 501c3 and 501c4 operations, including ensuring we have a high-performing, top-notch financial team; tax management; financial planning and analysis; accounting; treasury and investment; purchasing; internal audits; staff and board education; and comprehensive team management and development for ASJ’s Finance & Accounting staff.
Government Affairs Manager

Government Affairs Manager

The Government Affairs Manager is a policy advocacy position whose core responsibility is to advance the organization’s advocacy agenda, a central component of the organization’s mission and strategies. The Government Affairs Manager will be responsible for maintaining relationships with policymakers, staff, and government officials, supporting the Government Affairs team in carrying out the policy work of the organization, supporting our crime survivors’ network, supporting our TimeDone advocacy, and facilitating coalitions with allied organizations, as needed. Reporting to the CA Government Affairs Director, the Government Affairs Manager will work collaboratively across the organization. The position is based in Sacramento with periodic travel, as needed, throughout California.