President and Co-Founder, Alliance for Safety and Justice Executive Director and Founder, Californians for Safety and Justice Co-Founder, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Lenore is an attorney with extensive experience working to improve our criminal justice system. Lenore was the Campaign Chair and co-author of Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative passed by voters in November 2014 to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to mental health, drug treatment, K-12 programs and victim services. The initiative represents the first time in the nation voters have elected to reclassify multiple sections of the penal code to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to communities. Previously, Lenore served as Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. She also crafted local and state legislation to aid victims of domestic violence, protect violent crime witnesses, reduce elementary school truancy and reduce recidivism. Lenore also previously served as Director of Public Safety for the Oakland Mayor, overseeing the Mayor’s violence-reduction and police recruitment initiatives, and as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. There she oversaw $10 million in violence-prevention grants, advised the Mayor on public safety matters, and launched a citywide gun buy-back program, Community Policing Task Force and Juvenile Justice Task Force. Lenore serves on the Advisory Board of the Innovations in Prosecution initiative of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a cofounder and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative to reduce the health impacts of toxic stress on urban youth. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and lives with her family in Oakland, California.
Vice President and Co-Founder, Alliance for Safety and Justice Associate Director, Californians for Safety and Justice Co-Founder, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Robert is a seasoned criminal justice organizer, campaigner and expert who over the last two decades has achieved landmark wins in multiple states, working to advance solutions to criminal justice problems through sentencing reform, crime victim advocacy and advancing new safety priorities. Robert previously served as Californians for Safety and Justice’s Organizing Director and the Organizing Director for the Yes on Prop. 47 campaign, a statewide ballot initiative to reduce incarceration and re-allocate savings to drug treatment, K-12 programming and victim services. Robert also previously served as the Criminal Justice Director for the NAACP. Robert was the founding director of the program and provided strategic direction, oversight and management of criminal justice activities. He was responsible for launching the “Misplaced Priorities – Educate Not Incarcerate” campaign, where he worked with Right on Crime to recruit conservatives to join NAACP’s efforts to reduce state prison populations. Robert served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and St. Joseph’s College, and at Central Connecticut State University. Robert lives in Sacramento, California with his family.
Anna Cho Fenley
Survivors Speak Campaign Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, California
Managing Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
On August 24, 2009, Aswad was 26 years old and just three weeks from going to Europe to play professional basketball. As he left a convenience store, he was approached by two men intent on robbing him and he suffered two near-fatal gunshots to his back, ending his basketball career. Aswad’s story was featured in the New Yorker Magazine, “Black Wounds Matter”, NPR, “Black Men Who Are Crime Victims Have Few Places to Turn, Sacramento Bee, “California’s crime survivors must speak out for smart justice, “VICE/The Marshall Project, “How I Came to Terms with the Man Who Shot Me, Marshall Project, “We are Witnesses”, and the Hartford Courant, “On Hartford Streets, A Life Nearly Derailed by Bullets”, “Hartford Shooting Survivor Stands Against The Violence”. He went on to become one of Connecticut’s most outspoken supporters of additional resources for victims of gun violence and has been a leader in building coalitions across racial lines to advance justice reform and prevent gun violence. Aswad founded Hartford Action, a grassroots organization working to empower communities to change policy and improve the relationship between the Greater Hartford community and the justice system.
Aswad is Managing Director at Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. He is helping to expand our national network of crime survivors to include those most commonly affected by violence, including young men of color, and help elevate those voices in state and federal policymaking debates. Aswad received a Master’s of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing and focused area of study in Urban Issues, from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Business Management from Elms College. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife.
National Training Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Aqeela Sherrills is a spirit-centered activist, working to promote healing in marginalized communities and community ownership of public safety and is the National Training Director for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. Aqeela grew up in the Jordan Downs Housing Project in Watts, Los Angeles and at 19, he began working with football star Jim Brown and co-founded the Amer-I-Can Program, Inc. to heal gang violence around the country by negotiating peace treaties in those cities. In 1992, he and his brother Daude, along with several others, forged a historic truce between the Crips and the Bloods in Watts. When the ceasefire began to fray, the Sherrills brothers created the Community Self-Determination Institute in 1999 to tackle the overwhelming personal and social issues and trauma experienced by members of the community. On January 10, 2004, Sherrills’ 18-year-old son, Terrell, home from studying theater arts in college, was shot and killed. Determined that Terrell’s death not be in vain, Aqeela launched the Reverence Project to develop comprehensive wellness centers in urban war zones in order to introduce those who suffer from high levels of trauma to alternative healing technologies to support individuals on their healing journeys. Aqeela also advises the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ on his community-based violence reduction initiative, is a fellow with the Just Beginnings Collaborative, a national network of leaders and organizations working to end child sexual abuse, and serves as a partner in LOCOL, a national fast food chain bringing healthy and responsibly-sourced food to inner cities.
National Training Director, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Jonathon is a skilled community organizer who, prior to joining ASJ, worked as a Manager of Organizing Strategy for Leadership for Educational Equity – Louisiana, where he coached and provided strategies for teachers and former teachers to change education policies locally and statewide. He was also a Project Manager for Grassroots Solutions LLC, in Washington, DC, as well as a Regional Field Fellow with the NAACP and Deputy Youth Vote Director with the Obama campaign in Ohio.
Jonathon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and a Masters in Public Administration from Bowie State University. Jonathon begin his organizing career during his collegiate years, where he mobilized young adults across the state of Texas around education, issue advocacy, and civic engagement.
He lives in Houston, Texas.
California State Director
Tinisch Hollins is a crime survivor and a native of San Francisco, California. She has been deeply engaged in the Bay Area social justice movement as community organizer, policy advocate and systems navigator for nearly two decades. She has worked passionately to bring the voices of survivors to the center of community engagement and public policy, and has advocated tirelessly for those voices to guide decisions, priorities and resources.
Digital Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Prior to joining Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice, Julian worked at the Center for Popular Democracy, where he moved online activists to offline action on economic and racial justice issues through email, social media, and fundraising. Before that, Julian came from Young Invincibles, where he built dynamic social media campaigns to engage young adults around health care open enrollment and important education policy fights. Julian earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, and currently lives in San Francisco, CA.
Program Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Before joining Alliance for Safety and Justice, Brittanie worked for the city of Cleveland’s civilian oversight of law enforcement agency where she managed the data management systems, civilian intake process and statistical reporting to various government officials and community stakeholders committed to improving the relationship between the police and the community.
Brittanie has over a decade of experience working on programming, community outreach, and development teams in the non-profit sector, advocating on behalf of homeowners who fell victim to predatory lending practices, and raising consciousness on social justice issues through community organizing and research.
Brittanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Kent State University and Masters of Art degree in Sociology with a concentration on Justice Studies and Data Analysis from Cleveland State University. She is deeply committed to public service and serves as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she sits on various committees in her local chapter.
She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Regional Training Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Eris Eady (she/her) is a writer, poet, advocate and artist from Cleveland, Ohio. Believing in the necessary conjunction between arts & activism, Eris intersects storytelling & social justice with the pursuit of radical self love. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, For Harriet, The Root & BBC Worldwide.
Eris holds a Masters Degree in Positive Organizational Development & Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She currently serves as Training Manager for Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice working with victims of crime on how to tell their stories in service of advocating for change.
Her one woman show Womannish: Redefining Womanhood in a World that Won’t Make Room was presented at the Bisexual Arts Festival in Toronto, Ontario & her book Journey to Whole: excerpts, essays & exhales was published in 2016.
Regional Training Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Tricia provides leadership and advocacy training to crime survivors and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice partners across Texas. She has 25 years of experience working in the movement for social, economic, and racial justice. Her career began at a feminist collective family violence program in Asheville, NC doing community outreach and training. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina and did her practicums as a policy intern at the Common Sense Foundation and a counselor for sexual assault survivors at the Duke University Women’s Center.
After moving to Austin, TX in 1998, Tricia served as the Executive Director of ProTex: Network for a Progressive Texas and was a co-founder of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. She has also held leadership positions as the Grassroots Advocacy Director at the American Heart Association; Executive Director at the SIMS Foundation, a mental health organization serving Austin musicians and their families; and Deputy Director at the Texas Fair Defense Project.
Tricia has extensive consulting experience and has worked with criminal legal reform organizations like the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, as well as several projects that advocate for access to health care. Her most recent project was advocating for PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) compliance in Texas jails. Throughout her career, she has developed and presented training curricula on a range of issues, with a focus on ending sexual and domestic violence. A survivor of violent crime herself who has been in recovery from alcohol and drugs for a decade, she is passionate about working with other survivors to promote healing over retribution. She lives in Austin with her tween and teen children.
Midwest Regional Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice
Jerry started working at the Alliance for Safety and Justice in June 2018 as the Midwest Regional Manager for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, which includes Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Jerry was born in the “Windy City” and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In Ohio, Jerry is very involved in the community. He was Chair of the Civic Involvement Committee, where he recruited and trained local citizens on the importance of civic involvement. Jerry also worked with several non-profits like the Cleveland Housing Network, El Barrio and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative as Interim Executive Director in Youngstown, Ohio. Jerry has also worked for the PICO National Network in Florida, as the Executive Director of Faith in Florida, and as the Constituency Director for the For Our Future Political Pact.
Jerry attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, where he majored in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Communications. Jerry participated in an extended studies program while at BW that took him to South Africa, where he got a chance to see how leadership is played out on another continent.
Jerry is married to his wife of 20 years Margarita and they have two children together, Noah and Niah Peña.