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

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Jess Chen

VISTA Development & Communications Coordinator

Oakland, California

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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

Ashleigh Dennis

UC Irvine Law Public Service Fellow

Southern California

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Allison Elder

Equal Justice Works Fellow

South Carolina

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Sam Epstein

Head of People, Culture & Operations

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

California Legal Director

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

Julia Lucey

Community Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator VISTA

Oakland, CA

Meet Julia

Chloe Noonan

Associate Director, Legal Education

Oakland, California

Meet Chloe

Zachariah Oquenda

Berkeley Law Public Interest Legal-Policy Fellow

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

Bailey Strelow

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Oakland, CA

Meet Bailey

Sonja Tonnesen-Casalegno

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

Eric Darway

Legal Fellow

Meet Eric

David Jefferson

Data Intern

Oakland, CA

Meet David

Tyler Kirsch

Legal Fellow

Meet Tyler

Dan O’Mahony

Development Volunteer

Oakland, CA

Meet Dan

Hanna Perry

Legislative and Communications Intern

South Carolina

Meet Hanna

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

Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon

Community Activist

Andreya is an Activist, Actor, Artist, and Advocate for Policy Reform. Andreya was introduced to Activism at an early age, growing up in East Los Angeles from a family that included Migrant Farm Workers and local American Civil Rights Activists. Andreya’s longtime passions have always been related to Art, Activism, and Law.

Andreya united with the American Civil Liberties Union, and started a career in Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense Law at 17. Her mentor practiced both, emphasizing on First Amendment Law. Andreya also became a community organizer and began organizing local events in North and South East Los Angeles with her Father in her free time. Andreya studied Acting, Art, Criminal Justice, and later became a Professional Makeup Artist. Andreya works with organizations to provide resources, to women and children of abuse, and annually donates prom makeup services to students with financial hardships. She volunteers with, and is a member of advocacy groups devoted to the mission of Prison Abolition, providing Homeless, and Immigration services. Pre Covid-19, Andreya was involved with job placement for folks with a conviction record facing barriers to employment.

Andreya has also been directly impacted by the carceral system at different points in her life, including as a teen, young adult, and remains impacted today through the mass incarceration of family members. Andreya has dedicated her focus to Criminal Justice policy reform at the State and Federal level, and is proud to be a part of this empowering Movement to Liberate, Restore, and Activate power to all oppressed people.

Carolina de Armas

Associate, Farella Braun + Martel

Carolina de Armas is a corporate lawyer at Farella Braun + Martel, a law firm in San Francisco.  She has experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and venture capital financings.  Carolina advises clients across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on the renewable energy, cannabis, and wine industries.   Carolina earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Latino Law Student Association and the Environmental Law Clinic.  She received her B.A. from Duke University.  Prior to joining Farella Braun + Martel, Carolina worked as an attorney at Davis Graham & Stubbs, a law firm in Denver, Colorado.  Carolina was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

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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