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Sacramento, California, United States
February 09, 2019

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Sacramento State University (March 2018 – Present) Office For Equal Opportunity Investigator

nvestigate complaints of discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, nation origin, age, gender identity, disability and genetic information.

Consultant (March 2017 to Present)

Provide strategic planning for foundations e.g., Children’s Defense Fund, Sierra Health, Children’s Initiative, and Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and community stakeholders. To improve community engagement effectiveness of advocates interfacing with public agencies; wrote advocacy manual to teach advocates strategies to interact effectively with public systems in diversity related matters. Board of State and Community Corrections (August 2004 –February 2017) Field Representative/Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator (RED) (formerly called Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator) Additional responsibilities included: Compliance Monitor and Juvenile Justice Specialist

The Field Representative classification provides management and leadership in complex activities required to improve the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.

As Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator-Achieved compliance with the DMC federal mandate by developing, implementing, and managing the Statewide DMC Initiative (budget was brought up from $0 to $3.1 million dollars annually) participation in reducing racial disparity increased from zero probation departments to 17 probation departments across California including Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento Counties.

Elected as the National Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator/Chair of the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (2010 to 2014) – Elected two terms by DMC Coordinators from across the country.

Community Engagement Outcomes:

• Foster statewide collaborative approaches, in partnership with state and local officials and private/non-profit service providers, to achieve continued improvement in California’s delivery of programs to reduce racial disparities within the juvenile justice system.

• Required community engagement in identifying needs and implementing data driven decision-making practices.

• Best practice elements for initiatives including: community engagement, leadership, data-driven decision- making, and implicit bias training.

• Conducted training sessions for local law enforcement officials and other stakeholders (courts, public defender, district attorney, etc.).

Strategic Planning:

• Lead staff to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (also known as the State Advisory Group/SAG at the federal level), the State Juvenile Justice Standing Committee, the State DMC Committee and served as the Chair of the State Work Group to Eliminate Disparities (inter-agency committee). 2011-2013/14


• Provided leadership to annual strategic planning process for the Governor-appointed State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention which allowed for the SACJJDP to become prominent in its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparity across California.

• Researched, developed and implemented a variety of Racial Impact Statements within the BSCC as well as within other state agencies.

• Testified as an expert witness before boards of supervisors, city councils, grand juries and state and federal courts. Testimonies included recommendations for future actions.

• Served as a subject matter expert before state and local government and law enforcement groups, detention organizations, commissions, task groups, and citizen groups.

• Developed talking points for committee chairs and managers within the organization that addressed structural racism.

Policy Development Outcomes:

• Implemented the use of Racial Impact Statement programmatically, to identify decision point biases within public systems.

• Provided training for local and state partners on equity initiatives and culturally relevant programming.

• Promoted local constituent’s use of data driven decision-making and implicit bias training. California Highway Patrol, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (2003-2004) Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Provided training and consultation to departmental employees on its policies to ensure the workplace is free of employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex (including gender, gender identity, and sexual harassment), color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation/opinion, marital status, sexual orientation, and retaliation.

Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning (2002 – 2003) Senior Criminal Justice Specialist/Domestic Violence Division Monitored local law enforcement agencies receiving state and federal monies for domestic violence and juvenile delinquency prevention programs.

Sacramento and San Joaquin County Probation Departments (1999 – 2002) Deputy Probation Officer / Domestic Violence Division and Juvenile Field Services Conducted investigations, exercised peace officer powers as necessary to enforce court orders. Coordinated offender contact with local service providers and agencies and worked with community agencies to prevent further criminal activity and enhance rehabilitative opportunities. Alternative Sentencing Program (September 1998 - 1999) Community Service Specialist

Developed comprehensive, community-based sentencing recommendations and plans for eligible offenders, served as Lead Community Service Liaison for the Sacramento Youth Peer Court. SPECIAL PROJECTS

Convening to train UNISA faculty, staff and administrators with skills in their effort to establish a Gender and Equity Institute. Member of the faculty cohort who traveled to South Africa, University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2012.

Georgetown Certificate Programs: Developed a pioneering approach to apply the race and ethnicity lens across state agencies through the Georgetown Capstone Project (2008/2015) Convening to Brainstorm Recommendations to Restructure Components of OJJDP (Invitation-Only) (2013) National strategic planning effort to reform Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). 3

Conveners: W. Haywood Burns Institute; JDAI Management Team; Center for Children’s Law and Policy Developed the Racial Impact Tool and corresponding Pilot with the Department of Social Services (DSS)

(2013, 2014-2015) Chair of the Workgroup to Eliminate Disparities; provided technical assistance. Convening “Taking the Next Step: Moving Forward on DMC.” (Invitation Only). 2011 Conveners: The Juvenile Justice Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida College of Law. Office of Civil Rights/Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Technical Assistance: Member of faculty cohort that conducted trainings for the Shelby County Tennessee Juvenile Court in response to the Department of Justice’s 3-year investigation and findings of racial disparities and civil rights violations. 2013 Certified in Evidence Based Practices Correctional Programs Checklist, University Cincinnati. 2014 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

W. Haywood Burns Institute National Conference – October 2007, 2009

Office Of Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention National Conference – October 2008

Oregon’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Governor’s Summit – November 2008

Coalition For Juvenile Justice National Conference “Unlocking The Future Of Juvenile Justice” – May 2009

California Mental Health Advocates For Children And Youth Conference – May 2009

City Of Oakland Police Department “And Justice For All” – September 2009 ‘

California’s DMC Regional Training Conference – November 2009

Coalition For Juvenile Justice National Conference 2011, 12, 13

Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives Conference May 2012

National Council on Crime and Delinquency October 2016

Women’s International Conference May 2014

Numerous additional regional trainings and state department presentations as the R.E.D. Coordinator EDUCATION

May 2018 Lincoln School of Law, Sacramento California Juris Doctor

1991 – 1996 Washington State University, Pullman, Washington Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Minor in Women’s Studies and Alcohol Studies emphasis. 2018 Title IX Investigator Certification

T9 Mastered Training for Campus Investigators

2008/2015 Georgetown University – Public Policy Institute, Washington D.C. Fellows Program, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Earned two certificate in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities. VOLUNTEER

Certified Law Student for Placer County Public Defender Office September 2017 – December 2017 Substantive client contact including client interviews, investigations, in-court caseload including plea agreements, Serna motions, etc.


Texas Family Detention Center, Dilley Texas. July 2017 Conduct credible fear interviews with women seeking asylum in the United States, complete client intakes and client preparation; developed and presented closing statements at credible fear interviews. Collect data and intelligence on Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention practices with an eye towards informing best practices.

Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) Volunteer.1998 – 1999 Crisis Counselor and Rape Responder


Courageous Leadership Award from W. Haywood Burns Institute (2013)

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