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

Litigation Staff Attorney

Southern California

Meet Ashleigh

Allison Elder

Equal Justice Works Fellow

South Carolina

Meet Allison

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

Jessica Hallett

Staff Attorney - Native Communities (CA)

Oakland, California

Meet Jessica

Daniel Halpern

Senior Paralegal

Oakland, California

Meet Daniel

Shirene Hansotia

South Carolina Site Director

South Carolina

Meet Shirene

Nicole Jeong

Southern California Regional Director of Advocacy

Southern California

Meet Nicole

Sarah Kiddoo

Staff Attorney for Central Valley Counties

Fresno, California

Meet Sarah

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 Coordinator

Oakland, California


Misty Oka

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Los Angeles, California

Meet Misty

Zachariah Oquenda

California Policy Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Zachariah

Jamie Popper

In-Prison Programs Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Jamie

Kaylie Stapleton


South Carolina

Meet Kaylie

Billy Strelow

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by the Clorox Company

Oakland, California

Meet Billy

Meera Swanson

Development Associate

Oakland, California

Meet Meera

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

Janae Wright

Frontline Operations Support

Oakland, California

Meet Janae

Gail Yen

California Policy Director

Oakland, California

Meet Gail

Our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

Coco Gray

Development & Communications Coordinator VISTA

Oakland, California

Meet Coco

Shannon Hurt

Northern California Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator VISTA

Oakland, California

Meet Shannon

Aaliyah Jensen

Central California Communications & Outreach Coordinator VISTA


Meet Aaliyah

Katie Mazzolini

Southern California Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator VISTA

Los Angeles, California

Meet Katie

Kiran Rao

Data Analyst VISTA

Meet Kiran

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.

Katie Decker

Frontline Fellow

Oakland, California

Meet Katie

Claire Katz

Summer Law Clerk

Southern California

Meet Claire

Emily Powers

Summer Legislative Policy Law Clerk

Southern California

Meet Emily

Terris Riley

Legal Intern

South Carolina

Meet Terris

Irmalinda Rodriguez

Social Service Intern

Fresno, California

Meet Irmalinda

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

Watani Stiner

Community Activist

Meet Watani

Tamaron D. Greene

Senior Counsel, Project Finance at Sunrun

Meet Tamaron

Join The Team

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