Our Team

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

Matt Alsdorf

Associate Director

Matt Alsdorf is an Associate Director at CEPP. He is an experienced lawyer and nonprofit leader whose work has focused on improving criminal justice policies and practices, particularly in the pretrial space. He was formerly Vice President of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where he had primary responsibility for strategy and giving. With grants of more than $40 million in 2016, his team’s work covered areas including policing, forensic science, financial conditions of release, and criminal justice debt. His leadership was central to the development and expansion of the Foundation’s most prominent initiative: advancing pretrial justice. Mr. Alsdorf is the founder of Pretrial Advisors and has worked with many jurisdictions on improving pretrial policies and enhancing the delivery of justice. He spent many years as a litigator, representing both victims and defendants in federal criminal and civil cases. Mr. Alsdorf taught criminal procedure at Fordham Law School, served as a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, and developed and taught a Yale College seminar on constitutional law. He received his BA from Williams College and his JD from Yale Law School.

Our Team

Alison Shames

Director

Anke Mann

Associate Director

Awinna Martinez

Program Manager

Cherrie Smith-Raines

Operations Manager

Denise Symdon

Senior Manager

Dr. Kelvin L. Banks

Senior Manager

Edith Han

Digital Manager

Holly Ziemer

Director of Communications

Jenna Mackey

Program Associate

Jessica Ireland

Senior Manager

Keilah Joyner

Program Associate

Kristen Persaud

Operations Assistant

Lakisha Fisher

Program Manager

Leilah Gilligan

Director

Marilyn Van Dieten

Senior Advisor

Matt Alsdorf

Associate Director

Melanie Breault

Communications Manager

Orleny Rojas

Senior Manager

Richard Stroker

Director

Samuel Steed

Operations Assistant

Spike Bradford

Communications Manager

Tanya Anderson

Senior Manager

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