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.