Our Team

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


Staff Members

Thomas Alexander

Development Associate

Oakland, California

Meet Thomas

Mika Aoyama

Paralegal/Legal Programs Assistant

Oakland, CA

Meet Mika

Briana Barnes

Operations & Programs Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Briana

Rebecca Berry

Hotline & Direct Services Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Rebecca

Jess Chen

VISTA Development & Communications Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Jess

Zac de Lusignan

VISTA Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Oakland, CA

Meet Zac

Eva DeLair

Associate Director of Northern California Programs & Policy Reform

Oakland, California

Meet Eva

Sam Epstein

Director of People Systems & Management

Oakland, California

Meet Sam

Felicia Espinosa

Fresno Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney

Central Valley California

Meet Felicia

Carmen Garcia

Deputy Director of Operations

Oakland, California

Meet Carmen

Lupita Garcia

Associate, Strategic Partnerships

Oakland, California

Meet Lupita

Zach Gautier-Klos

Contract Attorney (Not licensed in CA, admission pending)

Oakland, CA

Meet Zach

Claudia Gonzalez

Policy Advocacy & Economic Security Coach

Central Valley California

Meet Claudia

Eliana Green

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Oakland, California

Meet Eliana

Veena Gursahani

San Bernardino Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney, Rights Equality & Law Project

Southern California

Meet Veena

Rashida Harmon

Senior Staff Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Rashida

Nicole Jeong

Los Angeles Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney

Southern California

Meet Nicole

Sandra Johnson

In-Prison Programs Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Sandra

Katherine Katcher

Founder & Executive Director

Oakland, California

Meet Katherine

Chloe Noonan

Associate Director, Legal Education

Oakland, California

Meet Chloe

Zachariah Oquenda

Contract JD/Policy Analyst

Oakland, CA

Meet Zachariah

Faride Perez-Aucar

Senior Legal Fellow

Oakland, California

Meet Faride

Jamie Popper

In-Prison Programs Attorney

Oakland, California

Meet Jamie

Damali Robertson

Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships

Oakland, California

Meet Damali

Alicia Sante

VISTA Community Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator

Oakland, California

Meet Alicia

K.C. Taylor

California Legal Director

Oakland, California

Meet K.C.

Sonja Tonnesen

Deputy Director of Programs

Oakland, California

Meet Sonja

Ana Walker

Staff Attorney

South Carolina

Meet Ana

De’Jone Watts

Women's Support and Social Services Manager

Central Valley California

Meet De'Jone

Kate Weaver Patterson

Second Chance Justice Collaborative Site Director & Managing Attorney

South Carolina

Meet Kate

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

Nick Aquino

Summer Law Clerk

Los Angeles, CA

Meet Nick

Erin Bennett

Summer Law Clerk

Fresno, CA

Meet Erin

Eric Darway

Legal Fellow

Meet Eric

Grace Fox


Meet Grace

Teddy Hill-Weld

Undergraduate Intern

Meet Teddy

Tyler Kirsch

Legal Fellow

Meet Tyler

Dan O’Mahony

Development Volunteer

Oakland, CA

Meet Dan

Elaina Steenson

Summer Law Clerk

Meet Elaina

Danielle Suh

Summer Law Clerk

Oakland, California

Meet Danielle

Shruthi Tuplur


Oakland, CA

Meet Shruthi

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

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Martha Todd, Treasurer

Associate, McGinnis Lochridge

Martha’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law with a strong focus in mergers and acquisitions. She has represented U.S. and international buyers and sellers in negotiation, structuring, documentation and consummation of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions, and similar strategic transactions. She has experience advising a wide range of clients, including emerging companies in the technology and biotechnology fields, venture capital and private equity funds, financial advisors and more. Martha also advises clients on federal securities laws reporting and compliance and corporate governance matters. Martha was previously legal counsel at Skills Fund, LLC, an Austin-based start-up focused on revolutionizing higher education financing.

Watani Stiner

Community Activist

Watani brings a depth of professional and personal experience to the criminal justice space, spending more than four decades behind bars, and has deep connections to the Bay Area criminal justice community. He is currently a speaker and activist in the Bay Area, working particularly in schools to use the power of storytelling to inspire young people to create a country of greatness—recognizing that “The United States is a work-in-progress, and it can only be shaped and realized by how much people struggle against the ugly and participate in the beauty.”

Anne Osmun

Senior Director, Visa

Anne is a Senior Director at Visa, where she focuses on bringing products to market. Prior roles at Visa have included operations, strategy, planning, and analytics. Previously, Anne was a private equity associate at Calera Capital and an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch. Anne graduated from Harvard College, with an A.B. in Economics.

Loren Lewallen

Associate Portfolio Manager, Analyst, Principal, Select Equity Group

Loren Lewallen began at Select Equity as an intern in 2006 and joined the Firm full time in September 2007. He is an analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager of the Cooper Square strategy. He is a CFA charterholder and received his B.A. from Columbia University (magna cum laude).

Katherine Katcher

Founder & Executive Director, Root & Rebound

Tamaron D. Greene

Senior Counsel, Project Finance at Sunrun

Tamaron is a transactional lawyer specializing in corporate finance for companies whose credit profiles range from investment grade to leveraged, to middle-market, to venture-backed. Tamaron represents borrowers, lenders, issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of general corporate, acquisition, fund, leveraged, project and venture finance transactions.

Abby Abinanti, Chair

Chief Justice, Yurok Tribe

Abby is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, and has been Chief Justice of the Tribe since 2008. She served as a San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner for approximately 20 years, assigned primarily to Dependency and Delinquency. Abby was the first California native to be a member of the State Bar, and to be appointed to a state judicial position. She is newly appointed by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Co-Chair of the Tribal Court-State Court Forum. Abby is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

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