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Ann Jacobs, Executive Director
Ann joined the Institute in May 2011 with over forty years of experience in the criminal justice field. For nearly two decades, Ms. Jacobs served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) in New York. Ms. Jacobs has designed and implemented innovative programs for women and families involved in the criminal justice system and has also served as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections and Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others. As a recognized advocate and reformer, Ms. Jacobs also founded the Women’s Justice Alliance, a consortium of over 100 service providers in New York State; she created the Institute on Women in Criminal Justice, a national policy center dedicated to improving the policies and practices affecting women in the criminal justice system; and the Women’s Advocacy Project, a program in public policy and civic involvement for formerly incarcerated women. Previously, Ms. Jacobs was responsible for oversight of the city’s five public safety agencies for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations and served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator from 1986 to 1990. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jacobs worked at the Pretrial Services Resource Center and the National Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her experience encompasses work in both the juvenile and adult justice systems, at the local and national levels. Ms. Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and attended the University of Baltimore Law School.
Ebony Abel-BrownEbony Abel-Brown, Academic Counselor
Ebony joined the Institute as an Academic Counselor in September 2015. Prior to joining the Institute's staff, she was a College Initiative student in 2012. She studied at Hostos Community College where she became a mentor and then earned her associate degree in Community Health. She enjoys the responsibility of providing educational guidance and assistance for students by creating pathways through college and determining appropriate education solutions for her students. Ebony is now attending Hunter College majoring in Sociology. She is passionate about becoming a social worker which gives her the motivation to continue to help others become successful.
Rahel Araya, Fellowship Initiatives Program Associate
Rahel joined the Institute as a Program Associate for Fellowship Initiatives in October 2019. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as a Learning Facilitator and Supplemental Instructor in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK department at John Jay. She was also a Peer Advocate/Mentor at the Urban Male initiative where she provided academic and personal support to undergraduate students. Rahel is passionate about working with underrepresented students in higher education. She also acquired a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay with specializations in Criminology & Deviance and Police Administration.
AshtonAshtin Audain, Intake Specialist
Ashtin joined the Institute as a Program Associate for College Initiative (CI) in December 2018. Prior to joining our team Ashtin participated in a Criminal Justice Ethics course through an Inside-Out Prison Exchange program held on Rikers Island. There she explored ethical issues related to criminal justice and developed her passion for education within the prison system and criminal justice reform. Ashtin enjoys traveling and learning about various approaches to criminal justice reform in numerous different countries. She is deeply passionate about providing equal access to quality education and mental health counseling to marginalized populations. Ashtin recently graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College.
Sue BatkinSue Batkin, Deputy Directory of Programs
Sue joined the Institute in May 2019 as the Deputy Director of Programs. In this role, she provides oversight of all of the Institute's direct service programs, including Career Pathways, College Initiative, Prison to College Pipeline and our Fellowship programs. Prior to joining our team, she was the Director of the Center for Urban Community Service’s (CUCS) Academy for Justice Informed Practice. In this capacity, she developed and managed innovative start-up programs focused on training thousands of professionals a year, to help them better serve individuals with serious mental health concerns who are involved in New York’s criminal legal system. Prior to this work, Sue worked in a leadership capacity in several organizations dedicated to securing access to housing, public benefits and health care, including the Medicare Rights Center, the Urban Justice Center and Fountain House. Sue brings over 25 years of program management experience to her role at the Institute. She holds an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and a BA from Boston University.
Katie Beiter, Communications and Development Associate
Katie joined the Institute as a Communications and Development Associate in October 2019. In this role, she writes and edits the Institute's communications, assists with drafting grant proposals and reports, manages social media accounts, and provides other programming and administrative support. Prior to joining the Institute, Katie worked as a journalist in Jerusalem with The Media Line, where she covered local and international stories in the Middle East. She was also a US national security Boren Fellow in Jordan, where she studied Arabic and worked as a research assistant with a local NGO. Katie holds a B.A. in History from Rice University and an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University.
Matt BondMatt Bond, Communications and Development Coordinator
Matt rejoined the Institute in December 2018. In his current role, he oversees the Institute's development and communication initiatives. Matt previously worked for the Institute from 2013 to 2016, focusing primarily on fellowships. His professional experience also includes working with justice-involved youth, developing legislation for a New York State Assembly Member, and serving as a paralegal for the Trust for Governors Island. Matt holds a degree in English from the University of Connecticut (Storrs). He volunteers as a guide for individuals with disabilities through Achilles International.
Taylor DeClerck, Technical Assistance Coordinator
Taylor joined the Institute in March 2020 as the Reentry Technical Assistance Coordinator. Previously, she provided reentry support to men and women returning to Rockland County, New York from New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities. In this role, Taylor served justice-involved individuals by providing education and employment assistance. Her professional experience includes interning with Fordham University as a representative to the United Nations, where she presented on topics impacting the incarcerated population. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from SUNY Oneonta and a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Leadership and Macro Practice from Fordham University.
Veronica DingwallVeronica Dingwall, Coordinator of Community Relationships
Veronica Dingwall joined the Institute as the Outreach & Student Support Coordinator for the new college access initiative at Rikers Island in October 2017. In this position she is responsible for implementing and facilitating college information sessions for incarcerated people interested in pursuing higher education. Veronica is a Howard University alumna with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has worked over eight years in youth development and education as a Writing Corps Facilitator and Program Coordinator for multiple Harlem Children’s Zone programs. Prior to joining the Institute's team, Veronica worked for The New York Public Library as a Correctional Services Assistant for the Video Visitation program. As an activist and chaplain, Veronica has partnered with Faith in New York and The Groundswell Group to be a mouthpiece for social and environmental justice. She is a staunch believer in the tenets of restorative justice and is thrilled to join PRI as a champion for equitable education opportunities for marginalized people.
BrittanyBrittany Drollette, Academic Counselor
Brittany joined the Institute as an Academic Counselor in March of 2019. Prior to joining the Institute, Brittany served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Miami, and then as a case planner for young men living in a foster care group home. Brittany is passionate about education and criminal justice reform, and is looking forward to being able to serve as a more direct resource for those who might need additional support and advocacy in order to achieve their academic goals. She is also extremely passionate about contributing to the improvement of our society’s current mental health system, and is excited to work on affecting change where all of these issue areas intersect. Brittany graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Siena College, where she hopes to pursue her Master’s Degree in Public Health Policy in the future.
Mallory Duckworth, Events Associate
Mallory joined the Institute in July 2019 as the Events Associate. She is responsible for coordinating logistics for all meetings, symposia, and other Institute events. She previously worked at another CUNY institution, LaGuardia Community College, through a grant to raise awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors and career opportunities for students by facilitating workshops, coordinating events, and offering hands-on STEM activities. Originally from Georgia, Mallory graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Georgia with bachelor’s degree in Human Services Delivery and Administration, and she plans to pursue a master’s degree.
Tommasina Faratro, Special Projects Coordinator
Tommasina joined the Institute as the Special Projects Coordinator in August 2018. She is responsible for coordinating the Institute's Mellon Foundation funded grant to "map" the efforts across CUNY that engage and support students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. This will create an integrated CUNY strategic plan to further support students after justice-involvement. Tommasina served as an academic advisor for the CUNY EDGE program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, working with students who are receiving public assistance from the NYC Human Resources Administration. She co-founded the Reentry Interest Group at BMCC. The focus of the interest group is to convene faculty, staff and administration to identify ways in which BMCC can support and provide an inclusive campus climate for BMCC students with justice-involvement. She is committed to advancing college access and equity for marginalized and underrepresented students. Tommasina is also an adjunct faculty member at St. Francis College. She teaches courses within the field of psychology including Life Span Development and Social Psychology. Tommasina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Francis College, a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from Hunter College and is currently working on her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University.
Ayiisha Ferrell, Academic Counselor
Ayiisha joined the Institute as a Program Associate for College Initiative (CI) in February 2018. Previously, she worked as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Marymount Manhattan College. Ayiisha holds a Bachelor's degree in English and World Literature from Marymount Manhattan College and plans to pursue a Master’s of Education in the future. She has spent time volunteering with Reading Partners, a non-profit which aids students who are reading below grade-level, and was a Teaching Assistant during her senior year of undergraduate degree. Ayiisha is passionate about social justice and is an advocate for equal access to education for disenfranchised groups.
Zoraida Fuentes, Program Coordinator, Navigator Certificate
Zoraida joined the Institute in February 2020 as the Program Coordinator of the Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice program. Zoraida obtained her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Iona College and her MSW from Lehman College. She began her journey in the Human Services field after graduating from Hofstra University in 2002. Zoraida has worked in many different sectors in the Human Services arena. She has experience with working under the guidelines of: The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD); The Department of Health (DOH); The Administration for Children Services (ACS); and The Office of Mental Health (OMH). She has over ten successful years of supervisory practice and has experience with providing individual psychotherapy as well as providing family therapy through her field placements. Zoraida is impassioned by invoking a “you can do it too” approach to life which allows her to connect with all genres and communities. Zoraida is a change agent and she is driven by the belief that when an individual is provided with support and encouragement realistic goals are achieved surpassing their expectation.
Angie GarciaAngelina Garcia, Program Associate, College Initiative
Angelina joined the Institute as a Program Associate in February 2018. She is a board member of the Independent Review Board (IRB) for The Office of the Ombudsman within the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Angelina is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Hostos Community College.
Lauren Graue, Operations Associate
Lauren Graue joined the Institute in January 2020 as an Operations Associate. Previously, she served as an office manager, marketing assistant, and space planner at a family-owned construction company from 2012-2019. During her seven years there, she managed and assisted in the expansion of the company and the opening of two separate businesses, which she managed as well. In 2017, Lauren decided to go back to school and enrolled at John Jay College. While pursuing her BA, she assisted in teaching her boss, and other employees, English and prepared them for the Naturalization process and testing. Lauren is HSR Certified and has served as a Research Assistant at John Jay's “Relationships, Sex, and Sexuality in NYC Project” as well as a Research Assistant in the international study “MyCityYourCity Project” in 2019. Lauren is slated to graduate with her BA in International Criminal Justice in May 2020 and plans to immediately begin pursuing an MA in International Crime and Justice.
CodiCodi Haigney, Intake Specialist
Codi joined the Institute as a Support Services Program in March 2019. Codi became involved in carceral reform while interning at the Parole Preparation Project, an organization that provides advocacy and direct support to currently and formerly incarcerated people and seeks to transform the parole release process in New York State. Prior to joining the Institute, Codi was a Public Ally Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy where she worked with youth to investigate complex systems through art and design.
KennethKenneth Inniss, Academic Counselor, P2CP
Kenneth Inniss joined the Institute as an Outreach Specialist in March 2019. He received an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts through the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) in 2012. Kenneth previously worked at The Fortune Society as an Education Counselor and then as an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Counselor. As an ATI counselor, Kenneth maintained a case load of between 15-20 clients, developed initial treatment plans, monitored clients’ attendance, and conducted weekly individual counseling sessions to assess clients’ progress in the program. After two years of counseling, Kenneth was elevated to the position of Outreach worker, which included traveling to the Queensboro Correctional Facility to give presentations and meet with clients individually to complete discharge plans with them prior to their release.
Jessica Jensen, Director of Statewide Educational Initiatives
Jessica rejoined the Institute in October 2018 as the Director of Statewide Educational Initiatives. In this role she oversees the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP), the Institute's Mellon Foundation funded efforts to map CUNY services that support criminal justice system involved students, and the Institute's provision of technical assistance to the District Attorney of New York’s (DANY) college-in-prison programs. Prior to taking this role, Jessica worked at the Vera Institute of Justice as a Program Associate where she provided technical assistance to college-in-prison programs in various parts of the country that are part of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative. Separate from this work, Jessica also provided technical assistance through Vera’s Opening Doors Initiative to public housing authorities that increased access to housing for applicants with involvement with the criminal justice system through a revision of the housing authority’s admissions policies or the creation of reentry or family reunification programs. Before working at the Vera Institute, Jessica was the Director of Academic Counseling and the Peer Mentoring Coordinator of College Initiative, a project of the Institute. Jessica’s previous experience includes working at John Jay College as an Academic Counselor and lecturer for the SEEK program, and teaching at BMCC in the Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice Department. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
KombehKombeh Jobe, Academic Counselor
Kombeh joined the Institute as an Academic Counselor in November 2018. She is deeply passionate about providing quality educational access to vulnerable or marginalized populations and is excited to join the Institute's community. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a College Access Advisor with New York Edge, where she provided early college awareness workshops to 7th grade students in various middle schools across the city. She was also a co-teacher with the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy, where she academically, socially, and emotionally prepared newly arrived immigrant youth for life in a NYC public school. She obtained a Master's of Art in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor's of Art in English from Hunter College.
Zoë Johnson, Policy Coordinator
Zoë joined the Institute as the Policy Initiatives Program Associate in February 2017. Her primary responsibilities include providing programmatic and administrative support to the Director and Policy Director. Prior to joining the Institute, Zoë worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Guadeloupe with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), and as a Summer Teaching Fellow at MS 331, the Bronx School of Young Leaders. She also worked with the NYU Marron Institute, an organization focused on urban management, criminal justice, and environmental health, where she provided programmatic and executive support. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in a course to create and facilitate an arts-based empowerment workshop for a group of incarcerated young adults at Rikers Island. She also provided tutoring at the Fortune Society's alternative-to-incarceration education program. Zoë graduated summa cum laude from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a minor in Media, Culture, and Communication.
Diane JungDiane Jung, Finance Associate
Diane joined the Institute as a Finance Associate in September 2018. She supports the Institute's finance and operations teams by processing and preparing financial reports, tracking budgets, and other various transactions. Prior to joining the Institute, Diane supported the financial operations at an education non-profit, working closely with program staff and administrative staff of all levels. Diane is excited about educational initiatives for under-served communities and how she can support this important work through efficient processes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and public policy from New York University.
SalikSalik Karim, Advocacy Coordinator
Salik joined the Institute in August 2019 as the Advocacy Coordinator. In this role he works with the Institute's policy team to change policies that negatively impact individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Salik previously worked for several nonprofit organizations focused on mental health and substance abuse; he has an extensive background in housing and welfare law, case management, and mental health services for at-risk populations. Salik has a BSW from Medgar Evers College and an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where he was a recipient of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) One Year Residency Scholarship.
John MolinaJohn Molina, Mentoring and Alumni Coordinator
Juan (or “John”) joined the Institute in May 2019 as the College Initiative (CI) Mentoring and Alumni Coordinator. For over a decade, John’s tightly held beliefs in redemption and access to education have kept him tethered to the CI community. Initially, John was a CI student who also volunteered as a Student Recruiter and Data Entry Specialist. John officially joined the CI staff as an Academic Counselor in 2009, while also attending night classes at Lehman College. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration with presidential honors from Lehman College in 2010. John went on to enroll at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he earned a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Health Policy and Management (HPAM). John is also an active member of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
Miguel MolinaMiguel Molina, Instructional Design Specialist
Miguel joined the Institute as the College Readiness Instructor in August 2018. He teaches the College Readiness course at Rikers Island, a writing-intensive social justice-themed course that prepares students for the CUNY placement test in writing as well as helps students develop critical thinking and rhetorical strategies in preparation for social science and humanities coursework. Prior to joining the Institute as a full time staff member, he taught the same course at Queensboro Correctional Facility and worked for over 17 years as an English adjunct professor and writing tutor at LaGuardia Community College. As a lifelong college educator, Miguel passionately believes in expanding access to higher education for justice-involved students as well as the importance of using an anti-oppression lens in writing education. Miguel holds a BA in philosophy from St. John’s University and an MA in Adult TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hunter College.
Monserrat Muniz, Data Collection and Program Evaluation Manager
Monserrat joined the Institute as the Data Collection and Program Evaluation Manager in March 2020. She helps oversee the development and implementation of the Institute's database that supports programs across the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she supported the operations, policy, fiscal reporting, data collections, and evaluation at CUNY Fostering College Success Initiative (FCSI) and Foster Care Initiative (FCI). She is excited to continue to support educational initiatives that provide positive and progressive change for underserved communities and help programs make data-driven decisions.
Estephania Paredes, Program Associate
Estephania Paredes joined the Institute in December 2019 as the Program Associate for College Initiative (CI). In this role she manages events and communications for CI, in addition heading up the Institute's letter correspondence with individuals in correctional facilities across the country. Prior to joining the Institute, Estephania held a number of roles connecting at-risk youth with higher education and internship opportunities across New York City. She is passionate about uplifting underserved populations through direct involvement. Estephania recently graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Sociology.
Patrick Pulliam, Training Associate
Patrick joined the Institute in July 2019 as a Training Associate with the Institute's Career Pathways team, working predominately with the Navigator Certificate in Human Service and Community Justice. Originally from Chicago, Patrick has extensive experience in the human services field in Atlanta and New York. He is also a certified recovery coach, as well as a graduate of the inaugural class of the Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human services management from the University of Phoenix.
CarlosCarlos Quintana, Director of College Access
Carlos joined the Institute as the College Initiative Program Coordinator in January 2016. Previously, he worked for nine years in after-school programs in New York City public schools doing Human Rights and Social Justice programming. Carlos holds a BA in Sociology and Education from Northeastern University where he studied to become an elementary school teacher. Carlos is passionate about Social Justice issues and cares deeply about higher education access for under-served communities.
Katheryne RalphKatheryne Ralph, Director of Human Resources
Katheryne Ralph joined the Institute in April 2019 as the Director of Human Resources. Kathy brings more than ten years of Human Resource experience in various work environments, including start-ups, for-profits, non-profits and government. Her first managerial role was for The Fortune Society, and she later worked at Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, AMC Health, and, most recently, NADAP. She is a graduate from Adelphi University and received her certification in Human Resources from New York University.
Antonia SalernoAntonia Salerno, Manager, College Initiative
Antonia joined the Institute as the Academic Counseling Coordinator in April 2018. Antonia received her MSW in 2011 and began her career in a supported employment program assisting individuals with serious mental illness connect with employment and fulfill their desire to work. In this role, Antonia developed an appreciation for the transformative impact of employment and education, and a passion for working with people in their pursuit of their professional goals. Since 2013, Antonia has been working in the field of academic advisement and higher education administration. Before joining the the Institute's team, Antonia worked as the Associate Director of the CUNY Start and Math Start programs at Bronx Community College.
MarianaMariana Sant'Anna, Director of Operations
Mariana joined the Institute as the Operations Manager in January 2018. Previously, she worked as the Events Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College. At NNSC, Mariana was responsible for managing administration and logistics of various internal and external events, as well as handling routine and impromptu purchases for events, negotiating with vendors, tracking and reporting purchases, and managing NNSC travel and policies. Prior to NNSC, she worked as the Development Coordinator at Sponsors for Education Opportunity, an educational nonprofit helping public high school students go to and graduate from college. Mariana holds a BA in Psychology from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, City University of New York, where she graduated with honors.
EricEric Seligman, P2CP Program Coordinator
Eric Seligman joined the Institute in March 2019 as the P2CP Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the Institute, Eric served as a regional manager of the Petey Greene Program in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, coordinating with universities, corrections officials, incarcerated students, and community volunteers to supplement education programs in prisons and jails with high quality tutoring. He spent several years as a Teaching Artist in El Sistema-inspired music programs, during which time he developed his commitments to education access and restorative justice. Eric holds a B.M. from Northwestern University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he was a 2017-18 Dorot Fellow.
Elena SigmanElena Sigman, Director of Collaborative Learning
Elena joined the Institute in September 2011. She has thirty years of experience in social justice program design, startup, and operations management. Elena created the Institute's Career Pathways division, leading R&D and then managing the launch of certificate training programs for people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Tech 101, featured in Fast Company, is a basic technology skills training that bridges the digital divide for people returning to NYC after years in prison. The Navigator Certificate in Human Services & Community Justice offers preparation for jobs and career advancement in the human services sector and an on-ramp to higher education. Elena partnered with John Jay College faculty and administrators along with subject matter experts to develop training curricula and to establish the Navigator Certificate as the first non-credit to credit bearing program at the College. Currently, Elena is developing the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training and is partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and CUNY School of Professional Studies to create training for City-contracted providers of workforce development services. Elena previously led the Institute's work on the NYC Justice Corps, serving as liaison between the NYC Mayor’s Office and contracted nonprofit providers in four boroughs and managing a redesign of the program model that increased placements in jobs, education, and training for young adults. Elena is a NeuroLeadership Institute Results Trained Coach. She has a BA in English from Yale University and a MFA from Columbia University. Elena has previously served as Director of Food Programs at Hazon and as Director of Operations at the Women’s Prison Association, among other roles.
Leigh Sugar, Technology Assistant and Writing Instructor
Leigh joined the Institute as a Technology Assistant and Writing Instructor for the Navigator Certificate, Tech 101, and College Initiative programs in September 2020, after serving as the Navigator Writing Instructor since August 2019. Prior to joining the Institute, she facilitated creative writing workshops for war veterans as an NYU Veteran Writers Fellow. She also previously volunteered with the Prison Creative Arts Project, leading writing workshops in Michigan prisons and editing The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing. Leigh completed undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and holds an MFA in poetry from NYU. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at John Jay College with a specialization in Criminal Justice Policy/Administration.
Amy Wald, Intake and Support Services Manager
Amy joined the Institute as the Intake and Resource Coordinator in October 2017. Prior to joining the Institute full time, Amy served a social work intern/enrollment counselor with College Initiative. Previously, Amy worked as the Senior Program Associate for Esperanza NY Inc., an alternative to incarceration program for court-involved young people in NYC. Amy is committed to supporting individuals who have been impacted by the criminal legal system in reaching their goals. Amy holds a BA in psychology from Hunter College and an MSW graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Christina Walker, Manager, Fellowship Initiatives
Christina Walker joined the Institute in May 2019 as a Fellowship Initiatives Coordinator in May 2019. Christina previously worked as a special educator teacher for youth with disabilities, as a Creative Writing instructor for women incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility, and as a mathematics and reading GED teacher for women at the Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center (The WORC), an alternative-to-incarceration program in Hempstead. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a K-12 certification and Reading Specialist License. She also acquired a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language, Culture and Society, and focused her research on using educational programs in jails to rehabilitate people and increase productivity. Christina deeply believes in the restorative power of education and hopes to continue supporting the success of students.
Alison WilkeyAlison Wilkey, Director of Public Policy
Alison joined the Institute as the Policy Director in December 2015. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked at Youth Represent as the Director of Policy and Legal Services. In that role, she conducted Youth Represent’s law reform efforts, supervised all attorneys and law students, and directed client representation. Prior to joining Youth Represent in 2008, she worked as a staff attorney at the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Ms. Wilkey served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, serving on the Justice Center Advisory Board and numerous other committees. She sat on the Criminal Courts Committee and the Corrections and Community Reentry Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Wilkey is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a Charles Evans Hughes Human Rights Fellow, and was awarded the Jerome Michael Jury Cup.