CJRI Advisory Council

Lenore Anderson

Chief Executive and President, Alliance for Safety and Justice (Oakland, CA)

Lenore Anderson is the co-founder and President of Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), one of the largest justice and public safety reform advocacy organizations in the country, and founder of Californians for Safety and Justice. ASJ’s flagship program, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, is the nation’s largest network of crime survivors. Lenore also served as Campaign Chair and co-author of California’s Proposition 47, a 2014 ballot initiative passed by voters to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to mental health and victim services. She also served on the leadership team for California’s successful Proposition 57 ballot initiative in 2016 to expand earned rehabilitation credits to people in prison, as well as Florida’s successful Amendment 4 ballot initiative to restore voting eligibility to people with prior convictions.

Previously, Lenore served in various local government leadership capacities including as Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office; Director of Public Safety for the Oakland Mayor; and, as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Lenore currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Behavioral Health Task Force. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Erica Bond

Vice-President, Social Justice Initiatives, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York, NY)

Erica Bond has experience in the government, non-profit, public policy, and legal sectors. Prior to becoming Vice President of Justice Initiatives at John Jay College, Ms. Bond was the Policy Director at the Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ) at John Jay College, a research organization that seeks to advance safe, just and equitable communities through data and research on criminal justice policy, operations and reforms.  Previously, Ms. Bond served as Special Advisor for Criminal Justice to the First Deputy Mayor of New York City.

Prior to joining city government, Ms. Bond was a Director of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (now called Arnold Ventures), where she worked to develop new research, policy reforms and evidenced-based innovations with the goal of transforming criminal justice systems nationwide. In this role, she partnered with criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and policymakers on initiatives to improve community safety, increase trust and confidence in the criminal justice system and ensure fairness in the criminal justice process.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Bond worked as a Litigation Associate at Kaye Scholer (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP), an international law firm where she represented clients on a variety of matters, including government investigations, regulatory compliance issues and commercial disputes. Ms. Bond is a mayoral designee to New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. She has a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Alexander Hall

Owner, Hall Purpose Performance, and former Housing Associate, Bard Prison Initiative (New York, NY)

DeAnna Hoskins

President and CEO, JustLeadershipUSA (New York, NY)

DeAnna R. Hoskins is President & CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). Dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in #halfby2030, JLUSA empowers people most affected by the criminal justice system to drive reform. DeAnna is a nationally recognized leader and a formerly incarcerated person with experience as an advocate and policy expert at the local, state, and federal level. Prior to joining JLUSA as its President and CEO, DeAnna served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, managing the Second Chance Act portfolio and serving as Deputy Director of the Federal Inter-Agency Reentry Council. Before that, she served as a county Director of Reentry in her home state of Ohio. DeAnna has always worked alongside advocates who have been impacted by incarceration, and knows that setting bold goals and investing in the leadership of directly impacted people is a necessary component of impactful, values-driven reform. Follow her on Twitter at @MzDeHoskins.

Marc Levin

Chief Policy Counsel, Council on Criminal Justice (Houston, TX)

An attorney and accomplished author, Levin serves as Chief Policy Counsel to the Council on Criminal Justice, a membership organization that provides a center of gravity in the field for objective analyses of research and policies. He began the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s criminal justice program in 2005 and in 2010 developed the concept for its Right on Crime initiative. In 2014, Levin was named one of the “Politico 50” in the magazine’s annual “list of thinkers, doers, and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.”  Levin has authored numerous book chapters, policy papers, and articles on criminal justice policy and serves on the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors, Aspen Institute Criminal Justice Initiative Board of Advisors, and the Urban Rural Action Board of Advisors.

He has testified on criminal justice policy on four occasions before Congress and before numerous state legislatures. He also has met with leaders such as U.S. Presidents. U.S., Speakers of the House, and the Justice Committee of the United Kingdom Parliament to share his ideas on criminal justice reform. Levin graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government and received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Levin served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court.

A.D. Sean Lewis, Esq.

Founder of Trans Advocacy Project, Prison Law Office (Berkeley, CA)

A.D. Sean Lewis (he/him & they/them) founded and runs the Trans Advocacy Project, a law project that provides free legal assistance to trans, nonbinary, and intersex people in locked facilities across California. A.D. is currently an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by HPE & Morgan Lewis, at Prison Law Office. During law school, he worked with Disability Rights Washington’s Trans in Prison Justice Project, engaged in eviction defense at East Bay Community Law Center, and provided legal information to detainees with Prison Legal Services pro bono project. Prior to law school, A.D. worked in local government oversight (City of Chicago Office of Inspector General, auditor) and civilian oversight of police (Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Director of Public Policy & Legislative Affairs). A.D. graduated from Stanford Law School and Oberlin College.

Stephanie Lomibao-Parra

Sr. VP, Bank of America Charitable Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

Stephanie Lomibao is a member of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team and serves as a program director for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. As part of the enterprise program and strategy team, Stephanie helps deliver the bank’s ESG philanthropic initiatives and integrate these programs across global enterprise platforms including diversity, equity & inclusion and thought leadership. The portfolio of global grantees she manages includes partners that provide programs and services for returning citizens, opportunity youth, persons living with visible and non-visible disabilities, older adults, and other diverse communities.

Prior to joining Bank of America in 2009, Stephanie was fund development director for New Economics for Women (NEW) in Los Angeles, California where she was responsible for the fundraising and funder relationship cultivation to support NEW’s programs and services. Stephanie also previously served as vice president, regional manager of volunteerism and events for Washington Mutual where she provided oversight of the bank’s community development services and the Committed Active Neighbors (CAN) employee volunteer programming from Central to Southern California.

In 2015 Stephanie was named one of the Global 100 most influential Filipinas by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is currently board chair for Central City Neighborhood Partners, serves on the Association for Corporate Citizenship Professionals national board of directors, steering committee for the Asian America Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Los Angeles Chapter, founding member of the Filipino Executive Network, member of the CSU Fullerton President Scholars Alumni Council and American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 472, one of the only virtual ALA units in the United States.

Karol Mason

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York, NY)

Over the course of her long career, John Jay College President Karol V. Mason has been a legal pioneer and an exceptional voice for equality, fairness, and criminal justice reform. She was a leader in the Obama Administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform and re-entry for individuals leaving prison, and in her distinguished career at Alston & Bird LLP, she was the first African American woman elected as chair of the management committee at any major national firm.

As United States Assistant Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Mason oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion to support an array of state and local criminal justice agencies, juvenile justice programs, and services for crime victims, and oversaw the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, among a wide range of other efforts.  She led the Department of Justice’s work to address the issue of community trust in the justice system through a variety of programs including the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a partnership with John Jay College and other academic institutions across the country designed to address lack of trust in the criminal justice system.

Previously, Mason served as Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2009 to 2012.  She led the Office of Justice Programs from June 2013 to January 2017 after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Mason spent almost three decades at Alston & Bird, LLP, where she chaired the Public Finance Group. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina from 2001 to 2009 and Vice Chair of that Board from 2007 to 2009. Mason received an A.B. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Vivian Nixon

Writer in Residence, Square One Project, Columbia Justice Lab, Columbia University, and Visiting Lecturer, Bennington College (New York, NY)

Rev. Vivian D. Nixon is a Writer in Residence at The Square One Project. From 2001 through 2021, she worked with College and Community Fellowship, a collective of women rebuilding their lives through education. Driven by a far-reaching hope in a future world where no system is designed to harm, Vivian writes across genres to advance transformational approaches to social justice, community well-being, and personal wholeness. She earned an MFA from Columbia School of the Arts, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College, and a certificate of ordination from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Support from the Ford Foundation, Art for Justice Fund, John Jay Medal for Justice, and Fellowships from Aspen Institute Ascend, Open Society Foundations, Columbia Community Scholars Program, and Pen America has been integral to Vivian’s positioning as a writer and critical thinker. She co-edited What We Know: Solutions from Inside the Justice System, The New Press, May 2020. Vivian’s essays, poems, opinions, and critiques can be found in various publications and social media spaces. Follow Vivian @Vivian_D_Nixon.

Insha Rahman

VP, Advocacy and Partnerships, Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY)

Insha Rahman is Vice President for Advocacy and Partnerships at the Vera Institute of Justice and Vice President of Vera Action, Vera’s 501c4 sister organization. She leads the development of Vera and Vera Action’s advocacy priorities and campaigns across the organization, partnering with government, advocates, and organizers to win policy change to end mass incarceration and build safe, thriving communities for all. Insha is a nationally recognized expert on bail reform and pretrial justice. In addition to overseeing Vera and Vera Action’s advocacy priorities, she supervises the organization’s place-based initiatives in California, Louisiana, and New York. She has been quoted as an expert in several outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, and PBS. Prior to joining Vera, she was a public defender at The Bronx Defenders. She graduated with a BA in Africana Studies from Vassar College and earned her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

Danielle Sered

Executive Director, Common Justice (New York, NY)

Danielle Sered envisioned, launched, and directs Common Justice. She leads the project’s efforts locally and nationally to develop and advance practical and groundbreaking solutions to violence that advance racial equity, meet the needs of those harmed, and do not rely on incarceration.  Before planning the launch of Common Justice, Danielle served as the deputy director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, a program for young men returning from incarceration on Rikers Island and worked at the Center for Court Innovation’s Harlem Community Justice Center.  An Ashoka fellow and Stoneleigh fellow, Danielle received her BA from Emory University and her masters degrees from New York University and Oxford University (UK), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Danielle has been featured widely in the public conversation about mass incarceration and violence, including the Aspen Ideas Festival the Atlantic Magazine Summit on Race and Justice, in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, on Democracy Now, NPR, and On Second Thought with Trevor Noah. Danielle is the author of The Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Responses to Violence, of Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration, and the award-winning book Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.

photo of Councilor LaTanya A. TateLaTonya A. Tate

Councilor, Birmingham (AL) City Council, and Chair, Public Safety Committee

Councilor LaTonya A. Tate grew up in North Birmingham, where she currently resides. Tate was educated in the Birmingham Public School System. She graduated from the Bevill State Community College LPN program and from the University of Phoenix, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice Administration/Security. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Tate worked in healthcare industries for over 15 years in Jefferson County. She also served as a probation and parole officer for nearly a decade with the Florida Department of Corrections, before retiring in 2014. In 2018, Tate founded the Alabama Justice Initiative, a nonprofit social justice organization that works on criminal justice reform and policy initiatives. In 2021, she ran for and won election to Birmingham City Council position 9, defeating the incumbent.

Tate is an active member of many social justice organizations, including Alabamians For Fair Justice and Alabama Forward. In 2020, she graduated from Emerge Alabama, an organization that trains progressive democrat women to run for office. She is also a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and is a Soros Justice Fellow.

Jeremy Travis

Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures (New York, NY)

Jeremy joined Arnold Ventures after serving for 13 years as president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY). Under Jeremy’s leadership, John Jay became a senior liberal arts college at CUNY, significantly increased the number of baccalaureate students, created the CUNY Justice Academy to serve community college students, and joined the prestigious Macaulay Honors College.

Prior to his time at John Jay, Jeremy was a senior fellow with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. There, he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society and initiated research agendas on crime in a community context, sentencing, and international crime. Before that, Jeremy served as director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). At NIJ, he established major initiatives to assess crime trends; evaluate federal anti-crime efforts; foster community policing and new law enforcement technologies; advance forensic sciences; and bolster research on counter-terrorism strategies.

Jeremy’s career also includes his role as deputy commissioner for legal matters for the New York City Police Department (NYPD); chief counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice; special adviser to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch; and assistant director for law enforcement services for the Mayor’s Office of Operations. In addition, he was special counsel to the police commissioner of the NYPD. Jeremy clerked for then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and was the Marden and Marshall Fellow in Criminal Law at New York University. He served as executive director of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency.

He is the author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, and co-editor of both Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America and Prisoners Once Removed: The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities. He chaired the panel of the National Research Council that produced the landmark report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, which he co-edited. He earned his J.D. and M.P.A. from New York University and his bachelor’s degree from Yale College.

Josh Weber

Juvenile Justice Director, Council of State Government Juvenile Justice Center (Washington, DC)

Josh Weber directs the CSG Justice Center’s juvenile justice program, which focuses on helping states use effective methods to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Previously, Josh spent 10 years working on building the capacity of programs and systems that serve vulnerable youth in the juvenile justice, youth development, workforce development, and child welfare systems. Josh managed research programs for the Youth Development and Research Fund in Maryland and the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In addition, Josh led the development and implementation of NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ alternative to placement and reentry program for juveniles using evidence-based practices. He also directed the District of Columbia’s Justice Grants Administration, which managed all federal juvenile and criminal justice grants for the District. Josh received his BA in psychology from Duke University and his MPA from Princeton University.