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I feel proud and humbled by the strength of our community as we share Root & Rebound’s 2020 Annual Report: Justice. Liberation. Healing.
When I think about 2020 as a whole, I am reminded of a quote from the great James Baldwin:
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
This year has presented a choice to us as a nation: to face the truths about our country’s history and the inequities underpinning our society, now rising to the surface – or to look away. Root & Rebound remained unwavering in our commitment to face those truths.
Through this report, you will get a window into Root & Rebound’s work not just on a systemic level but through the eyes of our clients Andrew, Van, and Monica, and their families. These three amazing people represent the thousands we are honored to support, who are trying, against all odds, to live lives of dignity in a world that often denies them even the most basic opportunity. As you watch their videos, we hope you can feel the impact of the work we do – work that you make possible.
Our work for Justice, Liberation, and Healing has never been more important. As we face collective truths together, let’s stay focused on the reason why we are engaging in this deep learning and understanding: to bring about change.
Root & Rebound
Root & Rebound is a team of lawyers, advocates, and activists committed to creating a more just and restorative society. We carry out this work through an innovative model which combines interconnected prongs to dismantle racial and economic inequity from all sides:
EducateIn 2020, we educated and trained more people about the rights of justice-impacted people than ever before, reaching 5,500+ people with records, their families, and service providers who support them. Since our founding, we have educated and trained over 12,500 people.
AdvocateR&R attorneys provided comprehensive free legal support to 1,800+ justice-impacted people and their families with 2,200+ different legal issues - from reducing barriers to employment to reuniting with their children. Since our founding, we've provided legal support to more than 7,500 people.
ReformWe continue to bring together directly impacted activists and movement partners to protect the rights of justice-impacted people. This year, we successfully opened pathways to housing, higher education, and employment for people with records. As we ramped up our reform work over the past 3 years, we've led and worked alongside coalitions to advance eight major legislative reforms in these arenas.
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The Dual Pandemics, 2020 elections, & the CARES act
It’s been an unprecedented year in California, South Carolina, and across the country. Our team has done an incredible job of responding to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the national awakening around racial injustice that followed the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. It’s been a year of adapting, growing, and responding to needs as they develop. We’ve been nimble, to say the least. And we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our donors, partners, and volunteers this year. Here’s how we’ve adapted and how you’ve helped:
The People we serve and the lives we change
Stories of Justice, Liberation, and Healing
That’s why we provide our clients urgent access to Justice, Liberation, and Healing through our trauma-informed legal and direct services; through our in-prison and women’s programs that provide wraparound services and support; and our advocacy, public education, and narrative changing work that centers systems-impacted experiences and interrupts the cycles of trauma and violence in California, South Carolina, and nationally.
That's why we're introducing you to Andrew, Van, and Monica - so you can understand the impact of our work through their eyes.
Supporting people in overcoming the barriers to economic opportunity associated with their arrest or conviction records has been core to our model from the beginning. It is clearly unjust that people face 48,000 legal barriers to opportunity post-conviction while there is only one public interest lawyer for every 20,000 people who need one in California—and one for every 40,000 in South Carolina. How can we expect formerly incarcerated people—people who’ve served their time—to overcome their past and move forward in their lives when we accept these statistics? We do not accept the status quo—because our clients, their families, and their futures matter. Our clients like Andrew, whose story we’d like to share with you in the video below.
ENSURING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL
Through our direct legal services...
We fight housing discrimination, employment discrimination, the denial of entry into higher education and school programs.
We fight the child welfare system that separates our clients from their children and denies them their parental rights.
We fight for the rights of our rural and native communities to fight exorbitant fines and fees that prevent them from accessing driver’s licenses, leaving them unable to work or provide for their children.
We fight for the rights of our clients to become career professionals, gaining access to occupational licensing in a system that supports blanket bans and denies so many people with records.
We do this and so much more, all free of charge.
Our Expansive Reach
Across California and South Carolina, we provide direct legal support for justice impacted people and their families. Since our founding, we have directly served more than 7,500 people. In 2020 alone, we provided direct legal support to 1,800 people in California and nearly 200 in South Carolina. This support ripples across each and every one of our clients’ families and communities.
We are able to serve thousands of people a year because we have built a model designed to create access. We do not use restrictive income, geographical, or other eligibility criteria that many legal service groups do – we serve everyone with a record in need. And we do so through a “we come to you” model – making access free and easy through our Reentry Legal Hotline and mobile legal clinics, which have gone virtual in 2020.
Reforming Systems of (In)Justice
While this work to help individuals overcome the impact of their justice invovlement is crucial, R&R recognizes that because an estimated 100 million Americans – nearly 1 in 3 American adults – has a record, we must simultaneously work to change the systems that lock these people out of opportunity. In CA and SC we have made systemic advances in the following areas this past year:
Expanding Job Opportunities: In California, one in five jobs require an occupational license, but for decades the boards that grant these licenses have denied them to anyone with a record. So we took action.
Breaking Barriers to Higher Education: Education is critical to economic mobility, but private and public higher education institutions have long equated candidates with their records and not provided applicants an opportunity to show who they are to admissions offices. We’re changing that.
Protecting Parents and Children: After just one full year in SC, we are pushing forward systems change work on multiple fronts.
Protecting Our Democracy and Our Votes: In South Carolina, we led massive outreach and voter protection efforts for those with criminal records.
National Litigation - Enforcing Civil Rights
Stemming from our policy reform work over the last few years, in 2020 R&R devoted significant efforts to building out a new strategy for systems change – litigation.
In 2021, we look forward to welcoming R&R’s first National Litigation Director for Economic Opportunity to expand our litigation strategy in California, South Carolina, and nationally.
Supporting Indigenous Communities
Indigenous peoples have known very little justice in this country, and today, our legacy of colonization and genocide manifests itself in a legal system that disproportionately harms Native Americans.
In partnership with R&R Board Chair and Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court Abby Abinanti, R&R has long partnered with tribal communities throughout California to bring legal advocacy to Native people impacted by incarceration through mobile legal clinics and trainings.
Since our inception, R&R has led over 35 clinics targeting rural tribal communities and provided direct legal support to 314 Native American- or Indigenous-identifying people. We have lifted up this experience to create a toolkit for other legal service providers on how they can expand programs into Tribal communities, and we are passionate about seeing this work grow across the country.
Going forward, R&R seeks to deepen our partnership with the Yurok Tribe, the largest surviving tribe in our state, as well as the other tribes we work with in Northern CA, including the Karuk Tribe, the Hopland and Sonoma Bands of Pomo Indians, the Yuki Tribe, the Hupa Tribe, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, the Cahto Tribe, the Yakama Tribe, and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. We are helping them bring home tribe members from state prisons and supporting their efforts to build back their own systems of justice – which emphasize healing, wellness, and responsibility to the community, rather than punishment.
“It is only through understanding and unveiling where we are today – what is “not right” – that we can recreate these systems. These systems need to be recreated not only to support Tribal people – the true, original people of this country – but to protect all of us as one nation today, and those most marginalized among us. Today, we fight for our lives to matter by a system never meant to protect them.”
– Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court and R&R Board Chair
ADDRESSING THE HARMS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
Despite national efforts to decriminalize certain drug use and advance justice for victims of the failed War on Drugs, there is a parallel injustice that persists. The now legal cannabis industry is booming and those formerly criminalized for use or sale of the drugs aren’t sharing in the fortunes.
R&R is working to change the cannabis industry and promote the hiring of people impacted by the War on Drugs by educating the cannabis sector and connecting people with drug convictions to new “green jobs”. Alongside our partners at Viola – a cannabis company seeking to advance social equity in their industry – R&R recently published A New Leaf : a reentry planning resource to connect people with drug-related convictions to employment in the legal cannabis industry and other sectors.
“In joining forces with Root & Rebound, we will look to help those communities of color who have historically been the victims of cannabis-related incarceration and who have fallen on hard times, and turn those struggles into opportunities for success within this rapidly growing industry.”
– Al Harrington, Founder, Viola
For us at Root & Rebound, liberation means freedom and second chance opportunities for people with records, eliminating the barriers that keep them imprisoned, even in the community. It means empowering system-impacted people, their families, and their advocates through education about how best to navigate life with a record. Sometimes, liberation is simply being there for someone who’s just come home from prison, walking with them as they find their way through the most challenging time in their lives – someone like Van, who’s the story of liberation featured in the video below.
FREEDOM THROUGH EDUCATION
Because of the scale of the problem – 100 million Americans are impacted by a record due to mass incarceration – R&R provides legal education at scale. We conduct free and accessible trainings for directly impacted people, their families, and service providers who support them on how to navigate barriers to each of their goals, from finding a job to reuniting with their children.
R&R’s seven-year track record of getting accurate know-your-rights information into the hands of the people who need it most prepared us well to respond to COVID-19’s sudden and devastating impact on our community as well as the national racial justice reckoning and protests following the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd
We created a COVID-19 response page on our website with legal information, resources, and employment opportunities for impacted people and expanded our curriculum to include first amendment rights and protections for people engaged in protest. This vital information, as well as our entire library of legal educational resources that empower justice-impacted people to self-advocate is now easier than ever to access on our redesigned website.
We also began hosting regular virtual community forums open to the public, leveraging the legal expertise of our team and bringing in topic experts from partner organizations to train attendees on everything from what to expect when reentering during COVID-19, to protesting with a record, to how to find transitional housing with a record. We led 20+ trainings over the year, reaching over 5,500 impacted people and their advocates in California and South Carolina, all of which can be accessed on our Vimeo page.
After a year in which we reached more people through our public education than ever before, we surveyed our community to see how we had done:
- 91% of people who tuned into our trainings reported a stronger understanding of the criminal legal and reentry systems.
- 91% have shared, or are planning to share, what they learned about the collateral consequences of incarceration with their colleagues, family members, or others who could benefit.
- 89% of people who listened to our employment trainings have encouraged, or are planning to encourage, their employer to offer people with records a fair chance at job opportunities.
INSIDE PRISON PROGRAMS
Opening Pathways to Reintegration
Our work to support the liberation of impacted people by fostering self-advocacy begins long before someone’s release from prison. Through our in-prison Roadmap to Reentry program, we help people anticipating release prepare for the stressful transition period that lies ahead.
What began as an educational program for men inside California Correctional Center in Susanville, CA, has continued through an alumni program, and our team has expanded our educational work to the Central California women’s Center in Chowchilla. R&R In-Prison Programs Attorney Jamie Popper and In-Prison Programs Coodinator Sandra Johnson go inside CCWF to teach classes of 40-60 women how to set themselves up for success once released. Each woman receives a tailored “Blueprint” reentry plan that maps out what resources they’ll need to meet their goals on the outside.
Our team was just getting their work at CCWF started – having graduated their first class of 55 women – when COVID-19 hit and CA prisons went on full lock-down. We have adapted the curriculum into a correspondence course while the pandemic persists, and are eagerly awaiting the day we can continue classes inside.
In the meantime, the team is leading an “Alumni Program” by holding regular group check-in classes with graduates of the Roadmap program from both CCWF and CCC – making sure they have the support they need as they navigate their reentry one day at a time.
Voices of “Roadmap to Reentry” Alumni
“One day there was this sign up on the wall about a reentry class. I thought, awesome, because I’m leaving in 5 months!…Because of the class and the Roadmap, I knew all the things I needed to do. So by the first day I was like okay, I need my birth certificate, I need to go to the DMV, I need this form, I need that. I had it all planned out. Sandra and Jamie also clued me into a lot of resources I didn’t know were out there—where to get free food, how to sign up for a free clinic where I have access to a social worker.” —Denise W., a former Roadmap to Reentry participant at CCWF, now a corporate trainer at Safeway with plans to open her own Sober Living Environment for reentering women.
“Guess what? I got the job!!!! They emailed me the official welcome letter and I am starting this Monday!!!! Man I cannot be any happier…Hard work pays off, right? I kept trying and trying and kept going after 6-7 denials. Thank you to both of you, you both have always supported me, believed in me and always motivated me to keep pushing and that’s exactly what I did. I highly appreciate you both and will never forget everything you guys did for me. You both are good hearted people and god loves you.” —Kam C., Roadmap to Reentry alum, now back at work in the IT field.
Strengthening Pathways to Economic Opportunity
In Fall 2020, after a federal court ruled that incarcerated people were eligible for the CARES Act stimulus payments but had a limited window of time to apply for the relief, we jumped into action. Our team created educational trainings and fact sheets on how incarcerated people with records could apply for the $1,200 – a massive sum for someone in prison. For the month after the case was decided, R&R spoke to hundreds of people per day on our Hotline, hiring a CARES Act coodinator to disseminate critical information. R&R is the only statewide legal services provider in CA with free hotline support, serving the thousands of incarcerated people in need of economic support.
For the people R&R serves, healing is a constant process, and that process looks different for everyone. We see healing in our clients’ resilience – when a mother can reunite with her children after coming home, or discovers that her true calling is to help counsel others who are taking their first steps in reentry. We also try to bring about collective healing through our efforts to change the narrative about incarceration, to name the trauma it has wrought on so many, and speak truth to the powers that entrenched this unjust system.
Roughly 23% of the people who reach out for R&R’s in-depth direct legal support are seeking to regain custody of their children, or have another family law related issue. After working with R&R, 91% report feeling more confident in their ability to be there for their family; and 78% say their family feels safer or more secure. This is true for Monica, whose healing journey toward family reunification you can watch in the video below.
Legal Advocacy Projects Across California
Alongside our in-depth legal advice and representation, R&R provides case management, social-emotional supports, and employment coaching to clients of our Fresno program. Thanks to our deep partnerships with social service providers, clients at each R&R site have access to these healing wraparound supports.
Click on each site below to learn more about our deep direct service work.
Voices of Deep Direct Service Clients
“As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, i know, this is Authenticity. THANK YOU (it makes me cry)!” – Judy
“What Root & Rebound does is very powerful. When I came home I was so frustrated I almost wanted to give up. I had an old DUI from 10 years before, I owed 6 hours of the 18 month program and because I was gone—in jail—they wanted me to repeat the whole program…I was like, man I just got out, I don’t even have the money to do all this….but I need a drivers license so I can get a job, and get back to work and get back to my life. It was a nightmare, but R&R was great. They helped me argue my point…we kept pushing, and they gave in. I was able to finish the program. – Michael
“Root & Rebound has helped me to not feel like I’ve abandoned my youngest baby, like I did my oldest two… without you guys, I wouldn’t be as far as I am today with the connection I have with my daughter, and her grandparents.” – Bunna
REPARATIVE JUSTICE IN SOUTH CAROLINA
R&R’s SC Second Chance Justice Collaborative (SCJC) has grown considerably since its 2019 launch. Led by SC Director & Managing Attorney Kate Weaver Patterson, the Collaborative welcomed Staff Attorney Ana Walker at the beginning of 2020 – together Kate and Ana have combined 25 years of legal experience. Then, in the fall, the team welcomed two additional members – Equal Justice Works Fellow Allison Elder, who’ll be advocating for justice-impacted families facing legal barriers to reunification, and University of South Carolina Social Work student Rolyn Rollins, who’s providing social service support to SCJC clients as part of her social work practicum.
Our partnership with Soteria Community Development Corporation (“Soteria”), a powerful local organization led by formerly incarcerated changemaker Jerry Blassingame, remains foundational to the SCJC.
R&R provides legal support to all of the men Soteria serves, allowing them to achieve their self-defined reentry goals on their journey through Soteria’s transitional housing, life skills, and job training programs. This combined approach has fundamentally changed the depth of Soteria’s support, and given R&R a foothold in the local community through which we’ve built a client base of nearly 200 South Carolinians.Some major wins alongside our clients this year included: getting child support modifications for clients so they can maintain their jobs and housing, and begin to fully support their children; advocating on behalf of a group of clients being threatened with eviction and successfully keeping them housed; challenging a civil asset forfeiture on behalf of a client, successfully getting his money returned after it was improperly seized during an arrest; and supporting multiple people in filing for pardons.
“I have dreams and goals again. They have been so kind and compassionate and empathetic to me. I didn’t know people could be this good. Even at 63, I feel like I have a future. I intend to pursue that furture. I feel empowered to live my life now. None of this would’ve been possible were it not for R&R.”– Recently surveyed SCJC client
Beyond our direct legal support in South Carolina, we’ve worked to change hearts and minds. Kate and Jerry have partnered to lead conversations and public presentations on the intersection of race and mass incarceration in their state, and presented to hundreds of people at colleges, probation/parole departments, conferences, and faith communities prior to the pandemic. When COVID-19 broke out, they adapted this work virtually to lead a webinar on mass incarceration and the racial inequities of the system in partnership with United Ministries, which reached an audience of over 2,300, and co-authored an op-ed in the Greenville News, imploring the public and the state to not ignore the plight of inmates during the pandemic.
Not only does this narrative changing work raise awareness about the need to reform our unequal justice system – it lets people who might not otherwise reach out to R&R know about the support we can provide them. Take our client Jerline for example – after hearing about Kate’s presentation at her church from a friend, Jerline realized that the felony charge she’d lived with on her record for 40 years might be able to be removed. She reached out to the team, and we were able to get that process started.
“I feel good to know that I don’t have any secrets, and that my name is not in jeopardy of denying me from anything I want in life.”– Jerline, R&R South Carolina Client
CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
Healing Through Art & Dialogue
In 2020, given R&R’s position as a prominent voice in the movement for criminal justice reform, we began to leverage our reentry legal expertise and experience in working alongside justice-impacted people to change the narrative around the devastating impact of our country’s broken criminal legal system – which has disproportionately locked poor Black and Brown communities into poverty for generations. Only once the truth about the system’s impact has been heard and understood can healing truly begin.
We launched an op-ed series highlighting how national crises like the U.S response to COVID-19 and hundreds of years of systemic racism and brutality against Black people reveal the punitive, inhumane, and destructive nature of the U.S. justice system. The series has thus far included:
When the pandemic threatened to stop all our 2020 events – our team had other plans. We decided to produce the Voices for Justice series, a first of its kind virtual spoken word event series born out of sheer necessity.
VOICES FOR JUSTICE
Creating Healing Spaces for Our Community
In 2020, we produced our Voices for Justice spoken word event series, which spotlighted activists and poets whose art is dedicated to the movement for radical change. As advocates fighting against the systems of injustice that are ingrained in the history of this country, we believe that promoting healing and connection is crucial for the strength of our movement. We need time to breathe and process the experiences at the heart of this work so that we can push our fight forward – this was especially important amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide outcry against police brutality that reached a fever pitch in 2020.
Voices for Justice
An Evening of Art, Hope, and Resilience broke the silence that shrouds issues like mass incarceration, criminal justice disparities, and the impact of COVID-19 on the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated.
Standing for Black Lives centered Black voices and lived experiences, amplifying the need for racial justice, liberation, and healing – systemically, collectively, and individually.
In bringing these events to life, we were lucky to work with a group of incredible, talented artists. We’re proud to have held space through these events to promote healing as part of our work for justice. Check out their pieces from the events below:
“Recidivism is the greatest tool for white supremacy. It is working. It always has.” – Cici Jevae, “Caged Classrooms”
“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.” – Cece Jordan, “A Block, US History”
“Maybe the first thing we can do to prevent ‘I can’t breathe’ is to let love be the first act that takes our breath away. To stare into each other’s eyes long enough to recognize our humanity, and to allow our heartbeats to sync, long enough to fight the silence in us, until we, each of us, can finally hear, what love says.” – Sekou Andrews, Love Says
“Being in America, and calling yourselves American is a work-in-progress, and it can only be shaped and realized by how much we are willing to resist the ugly and participate in the beautiful struggle for justice.” – Watani Stiner, R&R Board Member, “What does it mean to be an American?”
Below is a snapshot of R&R's audited revenues and expenses for the 2019 calendar year
Root & Rebound is able to serve our clients and community because of our generous supporters. We appreciate the individuals, private foundations, law firms, and businesses who made a gift to Root & Rebound between November 01, 2019 - November 18, 2020.
Champions of Change $100,000+
The California Wellness Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
United Way of Miami-Dade
Impact Circle $50,000- $99,999
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation
The Clorox Company
Equal Justice Works
The Leonard & Robert Weintraub Family Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
Select Equity Group Foundation
United Way of Greenville County, SC
Liberation Circle $25,000 – $49,999
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The California Endowment
Irvin Stern Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Legal Services Funders Network
George Loening & Kimbrough Towles
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michelson 20MM Foundation
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
The Women’s Foundation of California
Healing Circle $10,000 – $24,999
The Bigglesworth Family Foundation
Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan
The East Bay Community Foundation
The Futures Project
Susan & Lee Klarich
The Miner Anderson Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund
The Snider Foundation
van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Justice Circle $5,000- $9,999
Clif Bar Family Foundation
The Clinton Family Fund
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
Cowan Slavin Foundation
First Republic Bank
Leonard Carder LLP
The Vireo Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
The Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Reform Circle $2,500 – $4,999
Chen Carlisle Fund
Doug Dossey & Kathrin Dellago
Evan Guillemin & Ricki Stern
The Joanna Foundation
Margaret Katcher & Jacob Albert
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Miriam Muscarolas & Grant Abramson
Patrica M & Emanuel M Papper Foundation
Villarreal Hutner PC
Michael & Lauren Weithorn
Trailblazers $1,000 – $2,499
Bickel Family Gift Fund, Peter J. & Nancy K. Bickel
Christina Coll & Bashir Agah
Carolina de Armas
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
John Fisher & Raphaela Lipinsky DeGette
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Milton & Ruth Berman Family Foundation
Jenny Netzer & Ellis Seidman
Danny & Lauren O’Mahony
The PH Fund
Matthew & Kelley Pickering
Alexis Pozen & Kevin Monahan
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Diana & Steve Sackett
Kathleen Sedey & Erik Tonnesen
Shartsis Friese LLP
Julia & Chris Stenzel
Bryan & Hannah Stitt
Ludwig Weaver & Jean Diener Weaver
Peggy West & Charles Honart
Changemakers $500 – $999
Stephen Alexander & Judy Regotti-Alexander
Jose Arias & Julie Wilson
Dr. Leah Bowser & Nathan Douglas Matthews
Bornstein Family Fund
Kimberly Cluff & Robert Larkin
David Dexter & Brandi Collins-Dexter
Wendy & Joel Greenberg
Bill Kramer & Judy Duffield
Michael Patti & Nicole Lamy
Cody Perlmeter & Emily Ryder Perlmeter
Elizabeth & Ryan Wegner
Cid & Macedo Inc
Kelly & Jacob Dagger
Luis de Armas & Ellen Downey
Katherine Den Boer
Sean & Rachel Douglas
Emily Duncan & Matt Meenan
Richard Edwards & Rachel Williams
Brendan Folie & Cassie Gamm
Carolyn L Gandy
Philip & Kay Gehman
Denisse Halm & Humberto Castro
Lesley & Evan Heller
Chris & Cathy Kerr
David Lawrence Jr. & Roberta Lawrence
David Oppenheimer & Marcy Kates
Anne Osmun & John Eidinger
Abigail & David Schumer
Martha Todd & Jeff Crow
Lura Daniels Ball
Ellen McGrew Bayon
Benevity Charitable Fund
Clement & Helen Brown
Juanita Capri Brown
Vicki & Rick Brubaker
Martina & Phillip Caldwell
Charlotte & Philip Cassel
Wanda & Karl Cole-Frieman
Lillian Brock Flemming
Ted & Mary Gentry
Malcolm Gissen & Judith Cohen
Donald Gordon & Amy Lowenthal
Meena & Krishan Gursahani
Jen & Jeremey Haile
Karen & Graham Holmes
Rebecca & Jeremiah Kagin
Eileen & Gerard Kelly
Kony Kim & Jeff Pang
Nicole Le Blanc
Let’s Eat, Grandma
Amy Libit & Richard Lavenstein
Network for Good
Daniel Norton Luna
Belinda Lyons-Newman & Daniel Newman
Eden Marsh & Jay Phillips
Ronald Merchant & Cherlynn Merchant
Wayne & Lynn Newman
Steven Ormsbee & Kelli Sholer
David & Sonjha Phillips
Susan Rosenfeld & Fred Stielow
Amanda McDougald Scott
Steven Shatz & Nina Rivkind
Victoria Weinberg Singer
Susan & David Sobin
Adam Sobolew & Susan G Kiseloff
Shay & Sarah Sonnenberg
Mary Katherine & Taylor Stukes
Anne Marie & Tom Taylor
Michael & Shirley Traynor
Gene & Kurt Tweraser
Jenny & Dan Weidenbenner
Xi Chapter of Monterey Bay
Root & Rebound’s Team
Paralegal/Legal Programs Assistant
Operations & Programs Coordinator
Hotline & Direct Services Attorney
AmeriCorps VISTA Development & Communications Coordinator
Zac de Lusignan
AmeriCorps VISTA Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Associate Director, Northern CA Programs & Policy Reform
AmeriCorps VISTA Client Liaison
UC Irvine Law Public Service Fellow
South Carolina Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by the Leonard &
Robert Weintraub Family Foundation
Head of People, Culture & Operations
Fresno Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney
Deputy Director of Operations
Strategic Partnerships Associate
Policy Advocacy & Economic Security Coach
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Interim California Legal Director; San Bernardino Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney, Bay Area
Los Angeles Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney
In-Prison Programs Coordinator
Founder & Executive Director
AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator
Associate Director, Legal Education
Berkeley Law Public Interest Legal-Policy Fellow
Senior Legal Fellow
In-Prison Programs Attorney
Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships
South Carolina Master of Social Work Intern
Equal Justice Works Fellow,Sponsored by the Clorox Company
California Legal Director
Deputy Director of Programs
South Carolina Staff Attorney
Women’s Support and Social Services Manager
Kate Weaver Patterson
Second Chance Justice Collaborative Site Director & Managing Attorney
R&R’s Board of Directors
Abby Abinanti, Chair
Carolina de Armas
Andreya Garcia-Ponce De Leon
Tamaron D. Greene
Martha Todd, Secretary