Paul AmadorDigital Engagement Strategist
Andrea BroxtonChief Operating Officer
Juan Pablo ChavezFL CSSJ & Partnerships 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 Training Director
Brittanie DialCommunications Program Manager
Shakyra DiazChief of Federal Advocacy
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 FloresDirector of Compliance
Tricia ForbesSenior Manager, CSSJ Member Support
Andi GentileSenior State Policy Manager
Tinisch HollinsCalifornians for Safety and Justice Executive Director
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 Program Manager
Subhash KateelFlorida State Director
Brian KennerPolicy & Training Manager
Karalyn LaceyCSSJ Program Manager
Jonathon LewisNational Training Director
Nia LizannaOperations Manager
Kayla NelsonSenior Grants & Contracts 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 PerryHR Manager, People & Culture
Terry RilleraExecutive 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 RooksPresident 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 SadanandanManaging Director for Government Affairs
Elizabeth (Liz) SanchezSenior Manager, TimeDone
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.