Our Team

Oakland, CALIFORNIA - Root & Rebound Headquarters


Thomas Alexander
Development Associate

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Amber Dean
California Legal Services Coordinator

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Sam Epstein
Director of People Systems & Management

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Zachary Gates
VISTA Data & Technology Coordinator

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Sandra Johnson
In-Prison Programs Coordinator

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Faride Perez-Aucar
Senior Legal Fellow

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K.C. Taylor
California Legal Director

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Briana Barnes
Operations & Programs Coordinator

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Eva DeLair
Associate Director, Northern CA Programs & Policy Reform

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Carmen Garcia
Director of Finance & Administration

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Eliana Green
Equal Justice Works Fellow

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Katherine Katcher
Founder & Executive Director

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Jamie Popper
In-Prison Programs Attorney

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Sonja Tonnesen
Deputy Director

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Sharon D’costa
Development Manager

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Josie Deither-Martin
VISTA Development & Communications Coordinator

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Lupita Garcia
Executive Assistant & Development Coordinator

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Rashida Harmon
Senior Staff Attorney

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Chloe Noonan
National Legal Education & Resource Coordinator

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Alicia Sante
VISTA Community Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator

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Felicia Espinosa
Fresno Site Director & Senior Staff Attorney

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Gladys Lopez
Fresno State Social Work Intern

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Truvette Hollinquest
Women's Support and Service Coordinator Intern


Los Angeles, California -

In partnership with Anti-Recidivism Coalition

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Nicole Jeong
Senior Staff Attorney & Manager of Southern California Partnerships

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San Bernardino, California -

The Rights Equality & Law Project with Time For Change Foundation


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Veena Gursahani
Senior Staff Attorney Rights, Education, & Law Project

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Greenville, South Carolina -

In partnership with Soteria Community Development Corporation

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Jerry Blassingame
Executive Director - Soteria CDC

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Kate Weaver Patterson
Second Chance Justice Collaborative Site Director & Managing Attorney

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Law Clerks, Interns & Volunteers

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Marvin Mutch
Policy Consultant 

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Leslee Larner
Legal Volunteer

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 Root & Rebound would not be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, law clerks, and interns over the years. To see the team that has made it all possible, please click here.

Board of Directors


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 University of New Mexico School of Law.

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.


Founder & Executive Director, Root & Rebound


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).

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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.





Producer, Lens Magnetic 

Board Member, The Snider Foundation 

Sarena leads her own documentary production company, Lens Magnetic. She began her career at National Geographic, and has served as both a producer and researcher for several feature-length, theatrically distributed documentaries. As a health advocate, she is passionate about preventative and food-based medicine and leads social media efforts for the documentary film EATING ANIMALS. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University's Documentary Center, and UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting, and is currently attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

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.”

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.

Our Donors and Partners

We are grateful for the support of all of the individuals, families, corporations and foundations who have so generously donated to Root & Rebound in our founding years. We couldn't do our work without you.



To see a list of our past and present individual donors, click here


institutional donors