Our staff is working to accelerate the momentum for justice reform, launching a range of new solutions and models across the country.

Alex Busansky, President

Email Alex Busansky | Twitter @ImpactJustice Alex Busansky began his career as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1987. During his twelve years at the district attorney’s office, he handled homicides, serious domestic violence and other family violence, and sex abuse cases. In 1998, Alex left New York City to work for the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC where he became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. While at DOJ, he investigated and prosecuted cases across the nation involving excessive use of force by federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections officers and racial and religious hate crimes. In 2002, he served as counsel to Senator Russ Feingold on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, he worked on a broad range of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and homeland security issues including developing strategies to address the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting legislation concerning the use of excessive force by US Customs agents, and developing the Anti-Gang Act. In 2004, Alex joined the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America’s Prisons. He was the founding director of the Washington, DC, office, where he led Vera’s work on numerous national and local initiatives including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Alex also served as an adjunct professor at American University School of Law, co-teaching the Prosecution Seminar.

In 2010, Alex joined the National Council on Crime & Delinquency as President. During his tenure, Alex led NCCD to become a leading organization working at the forefront of criminal justice innovations. He and his team built several groundbreaking initiatives including the Restorative Justice Project, the PREA Resource Center, the Media for a Just Society Awards and the Pay for Success initiative. He also expanded the reach of NCCD to include the launch of a Washington, DC office. In 2011 he served as a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Jail Violence. Alex earned his Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four children.

sujatha baliga, Vice President and Director, Restorative Justice Project

Email sujatha baliga | Twitter @sujathabaliga sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 which she used to launch a pre-charge restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. Through the Restorative Justice Project baliga helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also dedicated to using this approach to end child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences; she’s been a guest on NPR and the Today Show; and The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic have profiled her work. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.

Nicole Pittman, Vice President, Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Fellow, and Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform

Impact-41 (2)Email Nicole Pittman | Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund Fellow | Nicole Pittman has spent more than a decade challenging youth registration and notification laws through extensive research in the field, lawyering and advocacy. As a 2011 Soros Senior Justice Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Pittman interviewed hundreds of individuals raised on registries across the country to document the emotional and societal toll of subjecting children to this practice. Pittman’s 2013 Human Rights Watch report, “Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US,” is the first comprehensive examination of this issue. She’s since used her knowledge to provide testimony to at least 30 states and Congress, while in the process reshaping the public dialogue. Previously, Pittman worked for seven years as a juvenile justice policy analyst attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also worked as an attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Defender Office, and the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Pittman received a JD from Tulane Law School and a BA from Duke University. Her goal for the Center on Youth Registration Reform is to eliminate the placement of youth on registries. 

Jenni Trovillion, Vice President and Director, National PREA Resource Center

Email Jenni Trovillion | Jenni Trovillion joined Impact Justice in 2016, assuming a leadership role in the Washington, DC office and serving as the Co-Director of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). Jenni brings to Impact Justice more than 15 years of experience managing various statewide and national initiatives within the justice sector. Prior to her tenure with the PRC, Jenni served as a liaison to the congressional appropriations committees on behalf of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the Department of Justice. There, Jenni supported congressional communications regarding OJP’s budget, policies, and programs across federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems. Prior to joining OJP, Jenni served as Deputy Director of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the entity created by Congress to study and draft standards to eliminate the problem of sexual assault in confinement. In this effort, Jenni built upon her previous experience managing outreach and operations for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. Jenni began her career in the criminal justice system assisting in the management and case work of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, which provides counsel to Louisiana’s death row inmates through their state collateral and federal habeas appeals. Jenni received a master’s degree in international service from the University of Surrey, Roehampton, in London, England.

Ed Scheuer, Chief Financial Officer

Ed Scheuer, interim CFO, founded Capius Consulting following a 20-year consulting career. Scheuer was a partner in the Life Sciences division of Strategic Decisions Group, a multi-national consulting firm. At SDG, he led corporate growth, due diligence and portfolio management projects at dozens of companies, including some of the world’s largest biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical firms. Scheuer was also regional managing director of Protiviti’s Pacific Northwest practice, leading the firm’s global Life Sciences industry group. At Protiviti, he worked with many emerging companies on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and financial process re-engineering. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in the U.K. and Arthur Andersen in the U.S. Scheuer has an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.

Martin Bell, Director of People and Culture

Email Martin Bell | Martin Bell brings more than 20 years of experience in leading talent attraction and human resources functions across a variety of industries. A desire to give back to the community brought him to work with Impact Justice on a half-time basis, where he is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing innovative people-focussed initiatives that help attract, develop, engage, support, and retain a satisfied, high-performing staff in a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

In addition, Martin runs a consulting practice working with startups, early-stage ventures, and mature organizations looking to scale, target, attract, and hire outstanding talent. Other practice areas include general HR such as employee engagement, employee relations, processes and procedures, and process audit. His current array of clients include pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, biotech, software, and financial service companies.

Martin is a classically trained singer and performs in operas, recitals, and concerts all around the Bay Area. He serves on the board of Sing for America.

Michela Bowman, Co-Director, National PREA Resource Center

Email Michela Bowman | Michela Bowman joined Impact Justice in 2016 to continue in her role as the co-director of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC), which, as of October 1, 2016, is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Impact Justice. The PRC originally launched in June 2011 as a cooperative agreement between the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and BJA, where Michela was hired as its co-director to work with stakeholders to ensure that adult and juvenile corrections and law enforcement are working to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in their facilities. In this role, Michela has helped develop a nationwide audit of the PREA standards and a certification training for auditors. Michela trains on many standards specific areas, including the specific protections for LGBTI prisoners and detainees in both adult and juvenile settings.

Michela began her career in prisoners’ rights work as a paralegal with the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the Legal Aid Society in New York City twenty years ago, and has spent most of the last two decades working to improve conditions in prisons and jails. Prior to joining NCCD, Michela was a project director at the Vera Institute of Justice where she provided technical assistance to members of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission throughout the commission’s standards development process.

Michela has provided technical assistance to state prison systems and county jails in various capacities. Among her projects, she has assisted in the assessment and strengthening of internal and external oversight mechanisms for prisons and jails and has worked with state prison systems to help them reduce their use of solitary confinement. Michela has a master’s degree in law and society from New York University, and a law degree from NYU School of Law.

Scott Catey, Associate Director, National PREA Resource Center

Email Scott Catey | Scott Catey (Ph.D., J.D.) is an Associate Director with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC), based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Scott’s responsibilities at PRC includes project-wide data and analytics, and oversight of the Audit Quality and Integrity program. Immediately prior to joining the PRC, he served as the PREA coordinator for the Montana Department of Corrections.

In addition to public and third sector work in progressive criminal justice reform, Scott has more than 15 years of experience in international and comparative research on law, policy, and health, with particular emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities and access to care. He is an ethnographer by training and has conducted extensive qualitative, quantitative, and longitudinal research in North America and Europe, including an analysis of the work of the National Assembly for Wales; and an examination of the cultural heritage impacts of gold mining in Native American tribal lands.

In addition, Scott has conducted long-term research and evaluation projects on the development of specialty courts and their impact on minority communities and individuals in the southeast United States; public health in the US and United Kingdom; assistive social policy and service delivery by local government agencies in European states and regions; issues of sovereignty and autonomy among US and Canadian Native tribal polities and communities; and constitutional transformation and sovereignty in the UK.

Scott earned his degrees with honors at the University of Florida, focused on constitutional and administrative law, comparative law, and anti-discrimination. He has held faculty appointments at a number of U.S. universities and colleges, and has lectured at several European universities. Scott held a Soros Foundation/Open Society Fellowship in Romania, where he taught, conducted research on rural education programs, and assisted municipal and county authorities with the development of post-socialist property law. 

Antoinette Davis, Director, Research and Action Center

Email Antoinette Davis | For more than two decades, Antoinette Davis has dedicated her work to improving outcomes for marginalized communities. She is an expert in research, analysis, and evaluation, particularly around criminal and juvenile justice reform. Antoinette’s work is centered on finding strength-based solutions to complex systemic and social issues. She takes pride in her ability to partner effectively with communities and systems both locally and nationally. Antoinette currently leads a diverse team that assesses the impact of juvenile and criminal justice-related policies, programs, and interventions; and provides training and capacity building. Her work includes designing multi-site, mixed methods research projects; authoring research reports that examine the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration and the harmful effects of adult incarceration on girls; and contributing to the national discourse on meaningful systems change.

Prior to joining Impact Justice, Antoinette worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she led a variety of local, state, and national process and outcome evaluations; assessed the impact of many juvenile justice related policies, programs and interventions; analyzed data, presented findings, facilitated group discussions and focus groups, and developed training materials. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communications studies and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.

Tracy Fraas, Director of Finance

Tracy has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector of the SF/Bay Area. She joined Impact Justice, May 2016. As the Director of Finance she is responsible for all financial accounting and reporting activities, along with supporting management accounting activities such as cash management, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. She plays a major role in influencing and shaping Impact Justice’s finance’s strategy, policies and internal controls. She enjoys working closely with the senior leadership team, as well as IJ’s diverse wonderful staff to shape the finance function to perform in support of the cutting edge programming. Tracy is a Finance undergraduate and has an MBA both from California State University, East Bay. In her free time, Tracy can be found hiking the East Bay Hills with her dachshunds.

Virginia Witt, Director of Communications

Email Virginia Witt | Virginia Witt is an experienced communications strategist in the non-profit sector. She has worked for prominent national groups such as the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Education Association and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Her experience spans award-winning partnerships with such media organizations as Black Entertainment Television and Viacom.  More recently, she co-founded and led the NO MORE public awareness campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault, the largest such campaign in history. With a career path that has included Washington, DC and California, her work has included a special focus on children and youth, as well as issues that impact vulnerable and low-income populations.

Mica Astion, Senior Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center

Email Mica Astion |Mica Astion is a Senior Program Associate for the PREA Resource Center (PRC). Much of Mica’s past work has been focused on sexual and domestic/intimate partner violence research. During her previous employment with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Boston Police Department, and most recently, Abt Associates, Mica’s research portfolio included projects related to violent crime, sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, sex offender management, trauma/trauma exposure, correctional systems data, sexual assault in correctional institutions, and Family Justice Centers. Most notably, Mica was the Deputy Project Director of the PREA project at Abt Associates. In her role at the PRC, Mica provides high-level program support primarily to the PRC’s audit programs, including management of the audit instruments, supporting the Audit Quality and Integrity program activities, and supporting audit data tracking and analysis. She also supports PRC Training, Technical Assistance, and Auditor Continuing Education programs. Mica has a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a BA in Sociology.  She has extensive experience writing literature reviews, research reports, and policy reviews and recommendations for executive staff.

Joseph Broadus, Senior Program Associate

Email Joseph Broadus | Joe comes to Impact Justice with nearly a decade of experience conducting research and program evaluations in the areas of workforce development, violence prevention, prison re-entry, and policing. His work in these areas has primarily focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social programs succeed or fail to achieve their desired outcomes. Most recently, Joe has also worked with UC Berkeley and the Center for Policing Equity to design research procedures for understanding relationships among police department policies, training procedures, and racial disparities in enforcement. Through all of his work, Joe’s goal has been to work toward creating a more robust social welfare system and a more equitable and humane criminal justice system. Joe holds an MPP from UC Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College.

Aisha Canfield, Senior Policy Researcher and Analyst, Research and Action Center

Email Aisha Canfield | Aisha Canfield has worked in systems reform her entire career, with the belief that change must be envisioned through an intersectional lens that captures race as well as sexual and gender identity. The California-native began as a death row appeals case assistant for indigent prisoners and later worked as a paralegal for a civil rights litigation firm. After deciding to get an M.A. in Public Policy from Mills College, she steered her focus toward juvenile justice, particularly preventing system-involvement for LGBT/GNC youth of color and improving outcomes for those already caught in the system. Aisha has conducted national research on the disproportionate detention of LGBT/GNC youth, identifying systemic points of disparity, such as contact with child welfare. In addition to her research, Canfield trains juvenile probation departments across the state to implement data collection systems and evaluates community-based providers serving system-involved youth nationally. Canfield challenges all of these organizations to have an honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation.

Lisa Capers, Senior Program Manager, National PREA Resource Center

Email Lisa Capers|Lisa Capers has spent her career advocating for the safety of youth in juvenile justice facilities. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Lisa was an attorney in private practice where she handled juvenile cases, conducted Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audits of juvenile facilities and provided correctional consulting services.  In April of 2016, Lisa retired from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) in Austin, Texas after nearly 25 years’ service in the Texas juvenile justice system.  She began her career as an Assistant County Attorney prosecuting juvenile and child protective services cases.

At TJJD, Lisa was the Senior Director of Training and Organizational Development.  She supervised the project to select a statewide juvenile risk assessment instrument for Texas and led the Juvenile Justice Training Academy and the PREA Compliance Division. Before creation of TJJD in 2011, she served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for the predecessor agency, the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC), for 19 years. At TJPC, she was the lead architect of the web-based, statewide facility monitoring and auditing system known as COMETS (Compliance Monitoring, Enforcement, and Tracking System) which is used to monitor the 95 county juvenile facilities in Texas annually for compliance with minimum standards for confinement.

Lisa has worked on PREA implementation for over ten years.  In 2006, she oversaw development of new standards for juvenile facilities in Texas consistent with PREA principles before the actual promulgation of national PREA standards.  Lisa has trained hundreds of juvenile justice practitioners on PREA and related constitutional requirements governing facility operations since 2007. In 2009, Lisa served as the Project Manager on the Building Capacity Project at TJPC, a partnership with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape at American University’s Washington College of Law that developed a comprehensive PREA training curriculum for juvenile facilities. At TJJD, Lisa continued working with local juvenile facilities to achieve PREA compliance.  The TJJD PREA Compliance Division performed official PREA audits on 20 county facilities during 2015-2016 and contracted for approximately 20 additional audits under Ms. Capers leadership. 

Lisa completed the PREA Auditor Training in Columbia, South Carolina in November 2013 and became a Certified PREA Auditor in February 2014.  Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance and she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1991.

 Rima Chaudry, Senior Program Manager, Restorative Justice Project

Email Rima Chaudry Rima Chaudry joined Impact Justice in 2017 as a Senior Program Manager overseeing the nationwide implementation of restorative justice juvenile diversion programs. Rima has nearly 20 years of experience in grassroots community organizing, and spent more than 10 of those years leading social justice campaigns in the nonprofit sector through providing program management, resource development, training, and communications expertise. She first organized against California’s Proposition 21 in 1999, a crime bill that threatened harsh punitive measures for youth involved in crimes, including trying youth as young as 14 in adult courts. Though Prop 21 passed by a wide majority, she became committed to dismantling institutional racism and mass incarceration.

Prior to joining Impact Justice, she worked at several social justice organizations, including Family Violence Law Center, Youth UpRising, and most notably the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. There she supported a landmark campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system and mass incarceration nationwide, which led to solitary confinement reform, closure of the most notorious youth prisons, and national justice reinvestment efforts.

Rima received a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration on Assets, Inequality, and Poverty Alleviation from Brandeis University. During her time at Brandeis, she led historic policy changes to address racial disparities in the recruitment and matriculation of faculty, staff, and students university-wide. She currently serves as President of the Board for Alipato Project.

Monica DiGiandomenico, Program Associate II, National PREA Resource Center

Email Monica DiGiandomenico | Monica DiGiandomenico is a Program Associate with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). She contributes to several areas of the PRC’s work, including Audit Quality and Integrity, Field Training Program, and Training and Technical Assistance Program. Prior to joining the PRC, Monica was the PREA Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She was responsible for leading the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance. This included policy development and the training and education of staff, volunteers, contractors, residents, probation officers, and community stakeholders about sexual safety in confinement. Monica also assisted the department in establishing innovative correctional practices intended to improve the prevention, detection, and response to sexual misconduct.

Previously, she was a contracted Investigator/Outreach Specialist for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, working to protect the civil rights of people and proactively reform models, practices, and policies for constitutional policing nationwide. In addition, Monica worked to protect the rights of people who are in prisons, jails, and the juvenile justice system run by state and local governments. This work lit a fire and passion to support strategic plans to collaboratively work with communities, judges, court administrators, law enforcement, corrections, legal professionals, inmates, and residents, to develop best practices, legal trainings, and tools to further facilitate local and national partnerships for criminal justice reform.

Monica has had the opportunity to work for both sides of the judicial system as a law enforcement officer and defense criminal investigator. She has nine years of law enforcement and investigative experience.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in 2009 with a dual degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. She obtained her Masters in Forensic Science with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigations from George Washington University (DC) in 2012. Monica’s passion for social justice continues with her efforts to positively impact  criminal justice reform through cultural change.

Erica Drucker, Development Manager

Email Erica Drucker | Erica brings more than fourteen years of experience in nonprofit program development and fundraising to Impact Justice, and is proud to support a high-impact mission that makes lives healthier and safer for children, families, and communities.

Prior to Impact Justice, Erica served as the development director of Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, a nonprofit helping children and families affected by violence, trauma and abuse. In this role, she was responsible for raising over $2 million annually in gifts and grants. Erica also served as the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s first-ever development director, and worked on criminal and juvenile justice reform issues as a program associate for the Vera Institute of Justice.

She serves on the board of the Washington-Lee High School Education Foundation and on the fundraising committee of Free Minds, a non-profit book club and writing workshop for youth charged and incarcerated as adults.

Erica earned her MSW from George Mason University and has a BS in Public Administration from James Madison University. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Michelle Duhart-Tonge, Senior Program Manager for Training and Technical Assistance, National PREA Resource Center

Email Michelle Duhart-Tonge |Michelle Duhart-Tonge is the Senior Program Manager supporting the National PREA Resource Center’s Training and Technical Assistance program. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Ms. Duhart-Tonge worked in the Training and Technical Assistance field for numerous years for several corporations where she managed several Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention projects as well as deliver training and technical assistance for fifteen years in the areas of community and youth development, strategic planning, organizational development, community policing, and risk-focused prevention as well as other health and human service initiatives. She also has a long history of designing and implementing targeted training requests delivered on-site, via conferences, and web-based forums. Ms. Duhart-Tonge has a degree in Social Work and has also worked in the field of sexual assault, domestic violence, law enforcement, health and human services and at the city, state, and community level.

Ayesha Fareedi, Executive Assistant

Email Ayesha Fareedi | Ayesha is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at the University of California, Berkeley. She migrated to the United States in 2004 with her family from Pakistan and has resided in California ever since. In the past, she has held positions with: Pacific Boychoir, a Grammy Award winning school located in Oakland, California State Department of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento, and the California State Senate, former President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg’s office. Growing up in an impoverished country and as an immigrant in the United States has led her interest in the distribution of resources, specifically Electrical Power, and the racial, economical, and ethnic issues that have an impact on its distribution. In the future, she hopes to work on Electrical Grids and install them in underprivileged countries.  

Kimi Farrington, Administrative Associate

Email Kimi Farrington | Kimi Farrington is an administrative associate with Impact Justice and the National PREA Resource Center. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics and Africana Studies. During her matriculation, she served as a site coordinator for Howard’s Alternative Spring Break Program in New Orleans, where she led annual trips for 50 students to promote community development and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline through supporting the work of the Recovery School District and Resurrection After Exoneration. Kimi also studied justice administration on a global scale by visiting correctional institutions and living facilities created by the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Kate Feeney, Finance Manager

Kate Feeney comes to Impact Justice after two years in charter school finance, managing budgets and financial operations for a range of schools in the greater Bay Area. Prior to that, her work for a holistic community development organization in Managua, Nicaragua, garnered her passion for nonprofit work and dedication to serving developing communities that led her to the criminal justice world and Impact Justice. Kate holds a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dave Gaspar, Senior Advisor for Training & Technical Assistance, National PREA Resource Center

Email Dave Gaspar | Dave Gaspar is one of the original members of the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) and currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Training and Technical Assistance. In that capacity, Dave handles the field-initiated inquiries PRC receives for  assistance, as well as website communications to the PRC from people in the field and the general public. Dave also participates in the PRC’s auditor certification trainings as a faculty member. Dave maintains this commitment to the field by his active participation in various national organizations across the criminal justice field.

Previously, Dave spent 40 plus years working with client populations such as adult offenders, juvenile offenders, high risk youth and adults from across numerous communities.  He retired as the Director of the Arizona Juvenile Corrections agency in 2003 and has been working as an independent Consultant.

Ashlee George, Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

Email Ashlee George |Healing and connecting through community have been common themes in Ashlee George’s life. Throughout her career, Ashlee has amassed expertise in restorative justice philosophy and practices, curriculum design and development, training, and youth diversion. These experiences have taught her to shift her way of approaching harm and healing from a punitive model into one that asks people, communities, and institutions to be in relationship with one another.

Prior to joining Impact Justice, Ashlee worked as a Restorative Justice Coordinator at Community Works West, where she facilitated dialogues between youth who caused harm and the people impacted to bring transformation through accountability. Before that, she spent 12 years at Oakland Unified School District as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, Conflict Resolution Coordinator, and an After-School Director. Ashlee holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She is on the advisory council of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice and is a board member of OneLife Institute for Spirituality & Social Transformation.

Jenny Hsieh, Finance Associate

Jenny began her career as a financial consultant in San Francisco, specializing in intangible asset business valuation. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. During her time at Berkeley, Jenny took a course on the school-to-prison pipeline and other issues surrounding incarceration, which piqued her interest in justice reform. In her free time, Jenny finds ways to help others, such as writing for an online media outlet dedicated to social issues and joining the California Emergency Search and Rescue.

Celia Johnson, Program Manager, National PREA Resource Center

Email Celia Johnson |Celia Johnson joined the PREA Resource Center (PRC) in 2014, and joined Impact Justice with the PRC in 2016. She contributes to the overall operations of several areas of the PRC’s work, including planning, contracting, and budgeting. Additionally, she has been responsible for the strategic design and overall management and delivery of the Auditor Field Training Program, including operations management (timeline, milestones, and procedures) and curriculum development, as well as serving as faculty, providing meaningful guidance, feedback, and support to auditor trainees. Previously, Celia served as the research and training coordinator at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she was responsible for managing grant programs funded by federal government partners and pharmaceutical companies, providing staffing support to committees, and planning and marketing committee-sponsored programs. She also completed two cooperative experiences at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Physicians for Human Rights through her undergraduate program at Northeastern University. She has a B.S. in psychology.

 Aaron Juchau, Operations & Project Manager

Email Aaron Juchau |In 2015, Aaron got the opportunity to join Impact Justice at the company’s inception and took on the multifaceted role of Operations and Project Manager. At Impact Justice, Aaron manages the core administrative team and coordinates certain projects in the Law Enforcement and Corrections program area.

Aaron Juchau began his career working in renewable energy and energy storage at Strategen Consulting. Working his way up to the position of Senior Analyst, Aaron led the creation of the DOE Global Energy Storage Database–a database of energy storage projects–on behalf of the US Department of Energy. He also assisted in the management and member relations of the California Energy Storage Alliance, and provided analytical support to major grid and tariff analysis projects for Strategen’s customers.

Aaron left Strategen in 2013 to begin a career in criminal justice reform, subsequently interning with the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (now Law Enforcement Action Partnership), and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. In 2014 Aaron was hired as the Executive Assistant to the President at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Aaron studied Political Economy at UC Berkeley.

Kyung Jin Lee, Communications Manager

Email Kyung Jin Lee | Kyung Jin Lee brings more than eight years of experience in the news and communications industry. As a communications specialist, she has worked to support a wide range of social justice issues including gender equity, political participation, immigration, and justice reform. In addition, Kyung Jin spent several years as a radio journalist and filed stories for news outlets and programs including NPR, The World, and The California Report.

Prior to her work in news and communications, Kyung Jin spent over a decade as a community organizer, advocate, and service provider in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Rachel Liebman, Program Associate

Email Rachel Liebman |While completing her BA at Occidental College, Rachel studied criminal justice reform and impacts of mandatory minimum sentencing on low-income women of color, which propelled her to pursue a career dedicated to transforming lives impacted by a traumatic and broken system. She went into social work to align with her core value of Tikkun Olam (making this world a better place), and worked as a substance abuse and mental health case manager in San Francisco for more than five years. After the passage of California’s AB 109 – Public Safety Realignment – Rachel managed a 26-bed transitional living facility for people returning home from prison. This experience made her want to influence change on a larger scale through policy work informed by social work values. During her graduate education at the University of Texas at Austin, Rachel published her Master’s thesis: Eliminating Youth Solitary Confinement: Evidence-Based Practices and Alternative Interventions, to encourage correctional facilities to shift behavioral management tactics to support positive youth development. After earning her Master of Public Affairs and Master of Social Work degrees, Rachel transitioned to a policy role at Impact Justice, where she utilizes her background to develop programming that meets the needs of returnees and their communities by easing transitions home.

Mark Lipkin, Research AnalystResearch and Action Center

Email Mark Lipkin | Mark joined Impact Justice in 2017 as a Research Analyst. Mark graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. His background in quantitative analysis, informed by historic and present-day inequity, led to his focus on the criminal justice system. Mark is passionate about bringing effective alternatives and reforms to light, with an emphasis on disparities in the system. Mark comes to Impact Justice from Bright Funds, where he researched US philanthropy and supported donors in charitable giving. 

Nicole McAllister, Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center

Email Nicole McAllisterNicole joins Impact Justice from Capitol Hill, where she worked as a Legislative Assistant on gender, civil rights, education, and children’s issues for a member of Congress.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Social Science. During her time at CSU Chico, Nicole held several positions at the statewide and campus level where she advocated for access and equity in the California State University system.

She comes to Impact Justice with a passion and commitment to intersectional and dynamic approaches to issues of inequity and social justice. In addition to her work in higher education advocacy, Nicole has conducted research exploring the relationship between gender and recidivism under the implementation of Alternative Custody Supervision in Butte County, CA.

Hanna Miller, Program Associate

Email Hanna Miller | Hanna Miller comes to Impact Justice from Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS), where she addressed the intersections of public health and public safety through the criminal justice system. While maintaining office operations, Hanna researched health care services in county jails across the U.S. and working to use health services as a tool for diversion and to reduce recidivism. Hanna has also previously served as an advocate and crisis counselor for survivors of sexualized violence, and has worked as a community organizer around issues of reproductive justice. Hanna earned her B.A. in politics and anthropology from Oberlin College.

Marion Morgan, Senior Program Manager for Auditor Training, National PREA Resource Center

Email Marion Morgan | Marion Morgan joined the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) in January 2014 as a Senior Program Specialist. As a member of the PRC team, Ms. Morgan is responsible for training and certification of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) auditors, providing them with continuing education and ensuring they meet the requirements for certification compliance. She is also responsible for distributing current information related to the auditing process, staffing the PRC hotline for certified PREA auditors, and responding to questions from the field related to interpretation and implementation of the PREA standards. Ms. Morgan is also the program manager for the certified PREA auditor Field Training Program (FTP).

Prior to joining the PRC, Ms. Morgan was the PREA director for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) from April 2011 until January 2014. As the PREA director for WI DOC, Ms. Morgan was responsible for directing the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance. This included policy development and the training and education of staff, inmates, residents, offenders, justice system partners, and community stakeholders about issue of sexual safety in confinement. She also assisted the department in establishing promising correctional practices intended to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and staff sexual misconduct.

Prior to working at WI DOC, Ms. Morgan served for 30 years as a police officer and detective with the Madison Police Department. She started her law enforcement career as a patrol officer and was promoted to the position of detective in 1987. As a detective, her areas of investigative practice and training included financial crimes, narcotics crimes, sensitive crimes, and fire investigation. In the realm of sensitive crimes, Ms. Morgan investigated intimate partner crimes including stalking, strangulation, all forms of sexual assault/domestic abuse crimes, and homicides. Ms. Morgan has worked in the field of ending sexual abuse and promoting sexual safety her entire professional career. She has focused on creating awareness around sexual safety and its impact on human rights for all people.

nuri nusrat, Soros Fellow, Restorative Justice Project

Email nuri nusrat | nuri nusrat is dedicated to working with people whose lives are affected by the criminal legal system. For the past two years, she collaborated with communities across California to implement pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs. These programs attend to victim-identified needs and support young people arrested for crimes through processes that upholds the humanity and dignity of all affected. nusrat travels throughout California to offer trainings on facilitating restorative community conferences and circle process. Prior to this, at the Federal Public Defender Death Penalty Project, nusrat assisted attorneys’ presentations of their clients’ life histories. In the past, she also worked on cases regarding people denied disability benefits, people facing removal from the U.S., and on record expungement. In recent years, she has been learning about community responses to child sexual abuse. nusrat’s family history inspires her to empathize with and support people harmed and people who have done harm. nusrat holds a J.D. from American University and an M.A. in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University.

Miguel Parada, Administrative Associate

Email Miguel Parada | Miguel Parada graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. Throughout his academic career, he worked with underprivileged youth to support their transition and retention within the university. He also wrote an award winning paper arguing for the removal of tax exemption status for non-profits that discriminate against LGBT youth. Miguel hopes to found his own non-profit that reaches greater equity in education for students of color.

Jenny Poretz, Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

Email Jenny PoretzJenny holds a deep commitment to social justice that is intersectional and addresses the individual and systemic root causes of harm and crime. Her work is dedicated to bringing about healing and sustainable change that centers those most impacted, their families, and communities. She comes to Impact Justice with over four years of experience working with and supporting young people directly impacted by the criminal legal system. Most recently, Jenny worked at Community Works West as a Restorative Community Conferencing Coordinator within its pre-adjudication youth diversion program. There, she facilitated restorative dialogues between young people who had caused harm and the people directly impacted by that harm. These dialogues provided a transformative space for the young people to be accountable for their actions and repair the harm they had caused. Prior to that, Jenny worked as an Intake Interviewer/Court Liaison at Esperanza, an alternative-to-incarceration program for young people in New York facing jail sentences in Family Court, Criminal Court, and Supreme Court. Additionally, Jenny has worked on a suicide and crisis hotline and continues to gain experience organizing for racial and economic justice. A native New Yorker, Jenny earned her B.A. in Global Studies with minors in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Vermont.

Peggy Ritchie, Senior Advisor for Technical Assistance & Apps, National PREA Resource Center

Email Peggy Ritchie | Peggy Ritchie is a Senior Advisor supporting the National PREA Resource Center (PRC), where she supports field-initiated training and technical assistance delivery as well as the PRC’s audit and curriculum development efforts.

Peggy retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as (CDCR) Deputy Director of Correctional Health Care Services and was an appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s administration and Strike Team that made recommendations for evidence based be impemented in CDCR. Peggy served as a senior policy and budget analyst for the California Legislative Analysts’ Office prior to her appointment. She has more than 25 years of service in the corrections field including more than seven years with the National Institute of Corrections, US Department of Justice. Peggy served as deputy director of the Office of Law Enforcement and Technology Center Border Research Center, US Department of Justice, San Diego, CA.

As Deputy Director for Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Peggy’s responsibilities included overseeing the implementation of a technology transfer committee, information and operational technologies, research, offender records, and strategic planning. Peggy was Vice President of research and strategic planning for ORIANA House, Akron, OH. Peggy also served more than seven years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, where she activated a medium-custody prison on the Mexican border. Governor Bruce Babbitt named her Outstanding Woman of the Year during her tenure with Arizona. Peggy was the director of La Clinical Del Pueblo Behavioral Health Center, Superior, AZ, and has held other positions in community corrections, nonprofits, and academics.

Peggy provided consulting on prison operations and community corrections issues during the emergence of democracy in Latvia and Lithuania. For more than five years, she represented the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) at the United Nations Criminal Justice Non-Governmental Organization. She is a long-term member of the American Correctional Association, ICCA, and the International Prison and Corrections Association. Peggy has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. 

Sandra Rodriguez, Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

Email Sandra Rodriguez Sandra Rodriguez brings more than five years of experience in restorative justice research, education, advocacy, circle-keeping, and issue-based organizing to Impact Justice. She recently returned to the Bay Area after completing her coursework at San Diego State University for a dual master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. As part of her studies, she conducted field research on transnational gang systems in Oaxaca, Mexico, human rights violations by the Municipal Police Department in Tijuana, Mexico, and juvenile diversion in San Diego. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on restorative justice in Colombia and other regions of South America.

Prior to joining Impact Justice, Sandra worked as a lead organizer for juvenile justice and school discipline policy reform, and recently led the campaign to pass The School Climate Bill of Rights at San Diego Unified School District, which prioritizes district-wide implementation of restorative practices at one of the largest school districts in the nation. She is dedicated to continuing her work with communities and systems partners on creating alternatives to incarceration that are deeply rooted in authentic justice, equity, collaboration, and sustainability.

Welcome Rose, Senior Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center

Email Welcome Rose Welcome Rose is a Senior Program Associate with the PREA Resource Center, and will primarily work with the Field Training Program (FTP). She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with emphases in Corrections and Law Enforcement. She has more than two decades of experience in adult correctional settings. 

As an inmate appeal examiner, Welcome reviewed corrections climate issues in her work with adult populations in a state corrections agency. She investigated appeals on inmate grievances and made recommendations for final decision to agency leadership, focusing on liability protection and mitigation. Before her work in the inmate grievance system, she worked as a probation and parole agent and as a correctional officer. 

Welcome earned her PREA Auditor certification in October 2015 and has continuously engaged in auditor learning opportunities, including participation in the Field Training, Peer Review Pilot, and Technical Assistance Provider programs. She is experienced in raising accountability through rule development and staff training, and she promotes sexual safety as a mechanism for fostering safe and secure correctional climates.

Simone Schell, Special Projects

Email Simone Schell |Prior to joining the administrative team at Impact Justice, Simone worked as an administrative assistant for three years with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). At Impact Justice, Simone supports the administrative team and manages all special projects for the organization. A former professional organizer, Simone’s administrative skills help bring order and efficiency to the Impact Justice office. Originally from Brazil, Simone was additionally involved in local service projects focusing on the welfare of children from low-income families in her community.

Karen Schousboe, Executive and Administrative Assistant, Restorative Justice Project

Email Karen Schousboe | Karen is driven by a commitment to support restorative and transformative justice efforts in the U.S. through a commitment to truth-telling around historical harms and community building. Prior to Impact Justice, she facilitated Talking Circles for high-school students and teachers interested in bringing restorative justice into the classroom. Karen also worked on community development programming in Myanmar for several years, igniting her firm belief in the ability of youth to bridge difference and transform community. Most recently, she was awarded a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship to lead an inter-religious dialogue and peace leadership exchange program for young women from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Karen holds an M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Transformation from the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a board member of Sarus, an international youth peacebuilding organization.

Danielle Soto, Senior Policy Analyst & Researcher, Research and Action Center

Email Danielle Soto Danielle Soto joined Impact Justice in 2017 as a Senior Policy Analyst & Researcher. She has more than a decade of experience in research and analysis of adolescent well-being and risk, with a focus on gendered and racial/ethnic inequalities. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (Juvenile Delinquency emphasis) from the University of Montana, where she was a McNair Scholar. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Sociology/Criminology. There she specialized in juvenile delinquency and minored in Family Studies and Quantitative Methods. Her master’s thesis looked at sexual minority youth and delinquent offending, paying special attention to the impact of sexual identity. Her dissertation examined Latino delinquency, looking at the differences in country-of-origin and generational status. After graduate school, Danielle spent four years as an Assistant Professor, where she served as an advisor/mentor for many campus and community groups serving underrepresented students. Wanting to use her professional skills in research and analysis in an applied way, she made the transition to the non-profit arena. Recognizing that true justice requires attention paid to the intersections of race/ethnicity, sexuality and sexual identity, sex and gender expression, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, she frequently examines disparities in these areas. Danielle now lives in the Bay Area with her partner and their two cats.

Sarah True, Program Manager II, National PREA Resource Center

Email Sarah True | Sarah True joined Impact Justice in 2016 with the PREA Resource Center. Sarah has worked with the PRC since 2011 and contributes to many areas of the PRC’s work. Her primary work includes managing the PRC’s PREA auditor training and auditor continuing education programs. Sarah also contributes to the PRC’s audit quality improvement program, auditor support, communications, and training and technical assistance. She is a primary point of contact for auditors in the field seeking assistance with the application of the standards and the audit process. Sarah works from the Washington, DC office and supports DC-based PRC and IJ operations.

Prior to joining IJ, Sarah was at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) where she worked on the PREA Resource Center along with a number of projects, including working with sujatha baliga on her restorative justice projects and on the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, where Sarah helped organize and plan task force hearings and listening sessions and helped to write the final report. Prior to NCCD, Sarah interned at the W. Haywood Burns Institute in San Francisco, a nonprofit that works to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in African American studies from Barnard College in New York City, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the effects of US prison privatization on disproportionate minority contact.

Georgia Valentine, Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project

Email Georgia Valentine | Georgia Valentine is dedicated to reversing harms caused by cycles of incarceration while centering the voices from communities that are directly impacted. For five years, she has challenged mass incarceration through research, advocacy, and evaluation. As an investigative researcher at the American Friends Service Committee, she examined and reported on companies that profit from the prison industrial complex. At Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, she supported a legal compliance assessment project that evaluated all of California’s county jail policies on shackling incarcerated women who are pregnant or in labor. Her research on the value of reentry programs for formerly incarcerated women won the 2013 American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime Student Paper Award. Georgia is originally from North Carolina and earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in math from Occidental College.

Mika Weinstein, Program Associate, National PREA Resource Center

Email Mika Weinstein |Mika joined the PREA Resource Center (PRC) as a Program Associate in July 2017. She supports the production of the auditor training and field training programs, as well as ongoing continuing education for auditors. In addition, she helps manage the certification and recertification processes, database management, and reporting. Originally from California, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a degree in planning, public policy, and management. While at Oregon, she was involved with a prison education program called Inside Out. This sparked a growing interest in and dedication to addressing a spectrum of criminal justice reform issues. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Mika managed database implementation and custom development projects for AGH Strategies, a small firm that helps nonprofits connect with their supporters. Outside of the office, she volunteers her time at Women Involved in Reentry Efforts and serves as a trip organizer and board member for Wild Wilderness Women.

Delia Cohen, Senior Fellow

 Angela Irvine, Senior Fellow

Email Angela Irvine | Angela Irvine’s impact permeates the entire criminal justice system, from within prison walls across the country to the families of youth entangled in the juvenile courts. For more than 20 years, she’s been working to change policy and erase disparities through education and systems reform. Prior to becoming a Senior Fellow, Angela served Impact Justice as the Director of Community programs. She led a group focused on developing community alternatives to incarceration and a project to identify risk factors that drive suspended students into the justice system. She has also led a national evaluation of twelve community-based programs for youth of color charged with serious and violent crimes. Before coming to Impact Justice she was the research director at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she worked as the principal investigator on a number of national studies looking at youth decarceration as well as disparities and pathways into the juvenile justice system for LGBT and youth of color. While running her own program evaluation and policy research business, Irvine not only worked on criminal justice issues but also housing, education and health. Raised in Santa Cruz, Angela earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, her secondary teaching credential from St. Mary’s College of California, and her Ph.D in sociology from Northwestern University, while also serving as a National Science Fellow.