Our Team

Meet our team of lawyers, advocates, and activists committed to creating a more just and restorative society.


Staff Members

Briana Barnes

Operations & Programs Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Briana

Rebecca Berry

Hotline & Direct Services Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Rebecca

Judy Burden

Programs Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Judy

Amanda Carlin

Staff Attorney - San Bernardino/Riverside Counties

Southern California

Meet Amanda

Eva DeLair

Northern California Regional Director of Advocacy and Manager of Pro Bono Partnerships

Oakland, California

Meet Eva

Ashleigh Dennis

UC Irvine Law Public Service Fellow

Southern California

Meet Ashleigh

Allison Elder

Equal Justice Works Fellow

South Carolina

Meet Allison

Sam Epstein

Head of People, Culture & Operations

Oakland, California

Meet Sam

Jeannine Esposito

Director of Institutional Partnerships

Oakland, CA

Meet Jeannine

Carmen Garcia

Executive Director

Oakland, California

Meet Carmen

Lupita Garcia

Manager, Donor Relations & Executive Affairs

Oakland, California

Meet Lupita

Zach Gautier-Klos

Staff Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Zach

Claudia Gonzalez

Policy Advocacy & Economic Security Coach

Central Valley California

Meet Claudia

Veena Gursahani

Deputy Director of California Programs

Southern California

Meet Veena

Daniel Halpern

Senior Paralegal

Oakland, California

Meet Daniel

Rashida Harmon

Bay Area Regional Director of Advocacy

Oakland, California

Meet Rashida

Nicole Jeong

Southern California Regional Director of Advocacy

Southern California

Meet Nicole

Joshua Kim

National Director of Litigation for Economic Opportunity

Southern California

Meet Joshua

June Lee

In-Prison Programs Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet June

Rona Navales

Development & Communications Assistant

Oakland, California


Misty Oka

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Los Angeles, California

Meet Misty

Zachariah Oquenda

Policy & Public Education Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Zachariah

Jamie Popper

In-Prison Programs Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Jamie

Alesia Rico Flores

South Carolina Director of Policy & Systems Change

South Carolina

Meet Alesia

Bailey Strelow

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Oakland, California

Meet Bailey

Ana Walker

South Carolina Director of Legal Services

South Carolina

Meet Ana

De’Jone Watts

Women's Support and Social Services Manager

Central Valley California

Meet De'Jone

Kate Weaver Patterson

Deputy Director of National Programs

South Carolina

Meet Kate

Gail Yen

California Policy Director

Oakland, California

Meet Gail

Our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

Jane Commerford

Data Analyst

Oakland, California

Meet Jane

Taylor Smith

Client Liaison/Social Services Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Taylor

Leah Smith

AmeriCorps Upstate Member

South Carolina

Meet Leah

Law Clerks, Interns, and Volunteers

Root & Rebound would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, law clerks, and interns.

Dan O’Mahony

Development Volunteer

Oakland, California

Meet Dan

Hanna Perry

Legislative and Communications Intern

South Carolina

Meet Hanna

Root & Rebound Community Partners

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Meet Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Jerry Blassingame

Executive Director - Soteria CDC

South Carolina

Meet Jerry

Time For Change Foundation

Meet Time For Change Foundation

Board of Directors

Billie Solomon

Chief of Staff, Spin

Meet Billie

Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon

Board Chair; Policy Associate, San Bernardino Free Them All

Meet Andreya

Carolina de Armas

Associate, Farella Braun + Martel

Meet Carolina

Martha Todd, Treasurer

Partner, McGinnis Lochridge

Meet Martha

Watani Stiner

Community Activist

Meet Watani

Anne Osmun

Senior Director, Visa

Meet Anne

Tamaron D. Greene

Senior Counsel, Project Finance at Sunrun

Meet Tamaron

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Root & Rebound is looking for enthusiastic, creative people who thrive in a dynamic environment to join our team.

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