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 AndersonPresident & Founder
Julie BrownyGrants and Contracts Associate
Andrea BroxtonChief Operations Officer
Juan Pablo ChavezFlorida Regional Manager
Anna Cho FenleySurvivors 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 CutlerDirector of State Policy
Kimberly DeterlineCommunications Director, State Campaigns
Brittanie DialCommunications Program Manager
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 EadySurvivors Speak Campaign Organizer
Vickey FloresGrants and Contracts Manager
Tricia ForbesRegional Training Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Latiah (Tia) HillExecutive Assistant to Robert Rooks
Tinisch HollinsCalifornia State Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice & Associate Director, Californians 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
Subhash KateelFlorida State Director
Brian KennerIllinois Director of Government Affairs
Karalyn LaceyCSSJ Program Manager
Jonathon LewisNational Training Director
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 to Lenore Anderson
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 RooksChief Executive Officer
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 and Chief Executive Officer 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 SadanandanManaging Director for Government Affairs
Elizabeth (Liz) SanchezSenior Manager, CSJ
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.