About Us

About Us

We build local power within communities across the nation to dismantle oppressive systems.

The criminal legal system is part of systemic oppression that disproportionately plagues Black, brown, and poor communities in this country. Dismantling and rebuilding the criminal legal system requires an intersectional approach, as the system is intertwined and empowered by existing economic, social, and political customs, policies, practices, and laws that affect people’s ability to live thriving lives. 

We can’t skip seeing the dehumanization of people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. We can’t omit seeing the persistent harms. We can’t miss the prejudicial narratives in the media about formerly and currently incarcerated people. We can’t ignore the disparities among Black, brown, people of color, and whites. 

And finally, we can’t deny when viewing from a race-based lens who benefits — and who has historically benefited — the most, as it relates to civil rights, liberties, and freedoms to simply be. 

We hold that oppressive systems are a continuation of slavery and know that by educating, elevating, and empowering voices of people directly impacted by the criminal legal system to dismantle systemic oppressive issues for their communities to thrive, together we can build an equitable and just America.

The future we seek is where hundreds, thousands, millions of voices who are directly impacted by the criminal legal system know and elevate their agency and power to bring transformational change to their communities.  A future where those historically silenced and marginalized are heard, valued, and equipped with skills and other resources needed to self-organize and dismantle oppressive systems that plague their communities. 

Our Team

DeAnna Hoskins

DeAnna Hoskins

President & CEO
Daonese Johnson-Colón

Daonese Johnson-Colón

Vice President of Operations / Chief Operating Officer
Chelsea Hornick-Becker

Chelsea Hornick-Becker

Director of Operations for JustLeadershipUSA
Melissa Shillingford

Melissa Shillingford

Director of Leadership Training and Logistics
Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

Communications Manager
New York, NY
Amber Artis

Amber Artis

Business Operations Associate
Washington, D.C.
Brigid Stegemoeller

Brigid Stegemoeller

Corporate Giving Manager
New York, NY
David Etheridge-Bartow

David Etheridge-Bartow

Digital & Creative Manager
New York, NY
Erika Girard

Erika Girard

Leadership Alumni Coordinator
Michigan
Hakim Nathaniel Crampton

Hakim Nathaniel Crampton

Movement and Capacity Building Specialist
Jackson, MI
Jamiela Jallah

Jamiela Jallah

Executive Associate
New York, NY
Kristin Lysko

Kristin Lysko

Development Associate
New York, NY
Lester Young, Jr.

Lester Young, Jr.

Movement and Capacity Building Specialist
South Carolina
Madeline Firkser

Madeline Firkser

Special Projects Associate
New York, NY
Matt Collinson

Matt Collinson

Training Manager
New York, NY
Ronald Simpson-Bey

Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement
Detroit, Michigan
Sophie Halter

Sophie Halter

Foundation Giving Manager
New York ,NY
Stella Frank

Stella Frank

Leadership Administrative Associate
New York, NY

Board of Directors

Vivian Nixon

Vivian Nixon

New York, NY
Bruce Western

Bruce Western

New York, NY
Jackie Mann

Jackie Mann

New York, NY
Robert Liu

Robert Liu

New York, NY
Maddy deLone

Maddy deLone

New York, NY
Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson

Las Vegas, NV

Advisory Board

Daryl V. Atkinson

Daryl V. Atkinson

Civil and Human Rights Attorney
Dorsey Nunn

Dorsey Nunn

California
Norris Henderson

Norris Henderson

New Orleans, LA
Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman

New York, NY

Careers

JLUSA is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. Come work with us and help make this dream a reality.

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