Our Team

Our team is built on individuals with various backgrounds in the criminal justice field.

LaWanda Johnson

Communications Manager

Ms. Johnson has more than 15 years of communications experience and served as the Communications Director for the Justice Policy Institute, where she provided technical assistance to juvenile justice reform initiatives in more than 1,200 jurisdictions. She has developed and implemented communication strategies that resulted in articles generated by the Associated Press, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times, as well as a New York Times editorial. Her efforts in communications outreach have led to stories for The Tavis Smiley Show, NPR Midday, and other radio talk shows nationwide. Ms. Johnson was formerly the press secretary for the National Association of People with AIDS. In this capacity, she collaborated with BET and the Kaiser Family Foundation to produce HIV prevention PSAs with HIV-positive youth, which ran in major city markets. A former journalist, Ms. Johnson worked for periodicals focused on advocacy issues in underserved communities for nearly a decade. She has written numerous stories on mandatory minimums, gentrification, and land seizure among African Americans.

 

Our Team

Alison Shames

Senior Associate

Anke Mann

Chief Financial Officer

Cherrie Smith-Raines

Administrative Manager

Denise Symdon

Senior Manager

Edith Han

Digital Manager

Holly Ziemer

Director of Communications

Jenna Mackey

Program Associate

Jessica Ireland

Senior Manager

Keilah Joyner

Program Assistant

Kelvin Banks

Senior Manager

LaWanda Johnson

Communications Manager

Leilah Gilligan

Director of Operations

Madeline (Mimi) Carter

Principal

Marilyn Van Dieten

Senior Advisor

Matt Alsdorf

Senior Advisor

Richard Stroker

Senior Associate

Supreet Minhas

Program Associate

Tanya Anderson

Senior Manager

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