Staff

Note: Please direct all media and interview requests to Matt Bond, Communications Coordinator.

Ann JacobsAnn Jacobs, Executive Director
Ann joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in May 2011 with over forty years of experience in the criminal justice field. For nearly two decades, Ms. Jacobs served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) in New York. The WPA is the nation’s oldest and largest social service and advocacy organization for incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. During her time at WPA, she directed 120 staff members who served over 2,500 women and their families per year at five community sites, the city jail, and four women’s prisons in New York State. Under Ms. Jacobs’ leadership, WPA’s budget expanded from $500,000 in 1990 to a budget of $8.5 million at the time her of departure in 2008. Ms. Jacobs has served as a national spokesperson, consultant and trainer on a range of issues including gender, families and criminal justice, as well as associated issues of substance abuse, mental health, health, housing, child welfare and employment. Ms. Jacobs has designed and implemented innovative programs for women and families involved in the criminal justice system and has also served as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections and Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.As a recognized advocate and reformer, Ms. Jacobs also founded the Women’s Justice Alliance, a consortium of over 100 service providers in New York State; she created the Institute on Women in Criminal Justice, a national policy center dedicated to improving the policies and practices affecting women in the criminal justice system; and the Women’s Advocacy Project, a program in public policy and civic involvement for formerly incarcerated women. Previously, Jacobs was responsible for oversight of the city’s five public safety agencies for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations and served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator from 1986 to 1990. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jacobs worked at the Pretrial Services Resource Center and the National Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her experience encompasses work in both the juvenile and adult justice systems, at the local and national levels. Ms. Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and attended the University of Baltimore Law School.
Ebony Abel-BrownEbony Abel-Brown, Senior Academic Counselor
Ebony joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as an Academic Counselor in September 2015. Prior to joining the PRI community, she was a College Initiative student in 2012. She studied at Hostos Community College where she became a mentor and then earned her associate degree in Community Health. She enjoys the responsibility of providing educational guidance and assistance for students by creating pathways through college and determining appropriate education solutions for her students. Ebony is now attending Hunter College majoring in Sociology. She is passionate about becoming a social worker which gives her the motivation to continue to help others become successful.
Rahel Araya, Fellowships Program Associate
Rahel joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Program Associate for Fellowships in October 2019. Prior to joining PRI, she served as a Learning Facilitator and Supplemental Instructor in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK department at John Jay. She was also a Peer Advocate/Mentor at the Urban Male initiative where she provided academic and personal support to undergraduate students. Rahel is passionate about working with underrepresented students in higher education. She also acquired a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay with specializations in Criminology & Deviance and Police Administration.
Ashtin AudinAshtin Audain, Program Associate
Ashtin joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Program Associate for College Initiative (CI) in December 2018. Prior to joining our team Ashtin participated in a Criminal Justice Ethics course through an Inside-Out Prison Exchange program held on Rikers Island. There she explored ethical issues related to criminal justice and developed her passion for education within the prison system and criminal justice reform. Ashtin enjoys traveling and learning about various approaches to criminal justice reform in numerous different countries. She is deeply passionate about providing equal access to quality education and mental health counseling to marginalized populations. Ashtin recently graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College.
Sue BatkinSue Batkin, Deputy Directory of Programs
Sue joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in May 2019 as the Deputy Director of Programs. In this role, she provides oversight of all of PRI’s direct service programs, including Career Pathways, College Initiative, Prison to College Pipeline and our Fellowship programs. Before joining our team, she was the Director of the Center for Urban Community Service’s (CUCS) Academy for Justice Informed Practice. In this capacity, she developed and managed innovative start-up programs focused on training thousands of professionals a year, to help them better serve individuals with serious mental health concerns who are involved in New York’s criminal legal system. Prior to this work, Sue worked in a leadership capacity in several organizations dedicated to securing access to housing, public benefits and health care, including the Medicare Rights Center, the Urban Justice Center and Fountain House. Sue brings over 25 years of program management experience to her role at PRI. She holds an MSW from Hunter College and a BA from Boston University.
Katie Beiter, Communications and Development Associate
Katie joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Communications and Development Associate in October 2019. In this role, she writes and edits PRI’s communications, assists with drafting grant proposals and reports, and provides other programming and administrative support. Prior to joining PRI, Katie worked as a journalist in Jerusalem with The Media Line, where she covered local and international stories in the Middle East. She was also a US national security Boren Fellow in Jordan, where she studied Arabic and worked as a research assistant with a local NGO. Katie holds a B.A. in History from Rice University and an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University.
Matt Bond, Communications and Development Coordinator
Matt rejoined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in December 2018 as the Communications Coordinator. In this role he handles all of PRI’s communication initiatives, including its publications, website, newsletter, and social media. Matt previously worked for PRI from 2013 to 2016, focusing primarily on PRI’s fellowships. His professional experience also includes working with justice-involved youth, developing legislation for a New York State Assembly Member, and serving as a paralegal for the Trust for Governors Island. Matt holds a degree in English from the University of Connecticut (Storrs). He volunteers as a guide for individuals with disabilities through Achilles International.
Veronica DingwallVeronica Dingwall, Outreach & Student Support Coordinator
Veronica Dingwall joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Outreach & Student Support Coordinator for the new college access initiative at Rikers Island in October 2017. In this position she is responsible for implementing and facilitating college information sessions for incarcerated people interested in pursuing higher education. Veronica is a Howard University alumna with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has worked over eight years in youth development and education as a Writing Corps Facilitator and Program Coordinator for multiple Harlem Children’s Zone programs. Prior to joining the PRI team, Veronica worked for The New York Public Library as a Correctional Services Assistant for the Video Visitation program. As an activist and chaplain, Veronica has partnered with Faith in New York and The Groundswell Group to be a mouthpiece for social and environmental justice. She is a staunch believer in the tenets of restorative justice and is thrilled to join PRI as a champion for equitable education opportunities for marginalized people.
BrittanyBrittany Drollette, Academic Counselor
Brittany joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as an Academic Counselor in March of 2019. Prior to joining PRI, Brittany served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Miami, and then as a case planner for young men living in a foster care group home. Brittany is passionate about education and criminal justice reform, and is looking forward to being able to serve as a more direct resource for those who might need additional support and advocacy in order to achieve their academic goals. She is also extremely passionate about contributing to the improvement of our society’s current mental health system, and is excited to work on affecting change where all of these issue areas intersect. Brittany graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Siena College, where she hopes to pursue her Master’s Degree in Public Health Policy in the future.
Mallory Duckworth, Events Associate
Mallory joined PRI in July 2019 as the Events Associate. She is responsible for coordinating logistics for all meetings, symposia, and other PRI events. She previously worked at another CUNY institution, LaGuardia Community College, through a grant to raise awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors and career opportunities for students by facilitating workshops, coordinating events, and offering hands-on STEM activities. Originally from Georgia, Mallory graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Georgia with bachelor’s degree in Human Services Delivery and Administration, and she plans to pursue a master’s degree.
Tommasina Faratro, Special Projects Coordinator
Tommasina joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Special Projects Coordinator in August 2018. She is responsible for coordinating PRI's Mellon Foundation funded grant to "map" the efforts across CUNY that engage and support students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. This will create an integrated CUNY strategic plan to further support students after justice-involvement. Tommasina comes to PRI with eight years of cumulative experience in higher education, providing academic support services and faculty instruction. She served as an academic advisor for the CUNY EDGE program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, working with students who are receiving public assistance from the NYC Human Resources Administration. Tommasina co-founded the Reentry Interest Group at BMCC. The focus of the interest group is to convene faculty, staff and administration to identify ways in which BMCC can support and provide an inclusive campus climate for BMCC students with justice-involvement. She is committed to advancing college access and equity for marginalized and underrepresented students. Tommasina is also an adjunct faculty member at St. Francis College. She teaches courses within the field of psychology including Life Span Development and Social Psychology. Tommasina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Francis College, a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from Hunter College and is currently working on her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University.
Ayiisha FerrellAyiisha Ferrell, Academic Counselor
Ayiisha joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Program Associate for College Initiative (CI) in February 2018. Previously, she worked as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Marymount Manhattan College. Ayiisha holds a Bachelor's degree in English and World Literature from Marymount Manhattan College and plans to pursue a Master’s of Education in the future. She has spent time volunteering with Reading Partners, a non-profit which aids students who are reading below grade-level, and was a Teaching Assistant during her senior year of undergraduate degree. Ayiisha is passionate about social justice and is an advocate for equal access to education for disenfranchised groups.
Angie GarciaAngelina Garcia, Program Associate
Angelina joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Program Associate in February 2018. She is a board member of the Independent Review Board (IRB) for The Office of the Ombudsman within the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Angelina is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Hostos Community College.
Desiree GomezDesiree Gomez, Academic Counselor
Desiree joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as an Academic Counselor in November 2017. Prior to joining the PRI community, she worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Eileen C. Treacy whose research focuses on sexual abuse, sexual assault, and developmental psychology. Desiree graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is planning to pursue a Masters in Forensic Psychology.
Sasha Graham, Director of Fellowship Initiatives
Sasha joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Director of Fellowship Initiatives in November 2017. She oversees all aspects of the PRI fellowship process including, recruitment, selection, and matching of fellows, program design and evaluation, and fellows alumni support. She is responsible for building and maintaining effective working relationships with student fellows, worksite hosts, and foundation partners to ensure the long term success and enduring impact of PRI’s fellowship programs. Prior to joining our team Sasha was the Director of a Brooklyn Community Services’ after school program where she designed and implemented educational offerings to develop youth creativity, leadership and critical thinking skills, civic engagement, and high school readiness. Before joining BCS she served as a professional mentor and youth advocate to adolescents deemed most at risk for criminal justice involvement and high school dropout. Her project management and leadership experience is enhanced by her involvement and contributions to the start-up efforts of various multi-faceted community based programs, including Save Our Streets South Bronx. Sasha holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Government & Law from Lafayette College.
CodiCodi Haigney, Support Services Program Associate
Codi joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Support Services Program in March 2019. Codi became involved in carceral reform while interning at the Parole Preparation Project, an organization that provides advocacy and direct support to currently and formerly incarcerated people and seeks to transform the parole release process in New York State. Prior to joining PRI, Codi was a Public Ally Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy where she worked with youth to investigate complex systems through art and design.
KennethKenneth Inniss, Reentry Specialist
Kenneth Inniss joined PRI as a Reentry Specialist in March 2019. He received an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts through the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) in 2012. Kenneth previously worked at The Fortune Society as an Education Counselor and then as an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Counselor. As an ATI counselor, Kenneth maintained a case load of between 15-20 clients, developed initial treatment plans, monitored clients’ attendance, and conducted weekly individual counseling sessions to assess clients’ progress in the program. After two years of counseling, Kenneth was elevated to the position of Outreach worker, which included traveling to the Queensboro Correctional Facility to give presentations and meet with clients individually to complete discharge plans with them prior to their release.
Jessica JensenJessica Jensen, Director of Statewide Educational Initiatives
Jessica rejoined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in October 2018 as the Director of Statewide Educational Initiatives. In this role she oversees the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP), PRI’s Mellon Foundation funded efforts to map CUNY services that support criminal justice system involved students, and PRI’s provision of technical assistance to the District Attorney of New York’s (DANY) college-in-prison programs. Prior to taking this role, Jessica worked at the Vera Institute of Justice as a Program Associate where she provided technical assistance to college-in-prison programs in various parts of the country that are part of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative. Separate from this work, Jessica also provided technical assistance through Vera’s Opening Doors Initiative to public housing authorities that increased access to housing for applicants with involvement with the criminal justice system through a revision of the housing authority’s admissions policies or the creation of reentry or family reunification programs. Before working at the Vera Institute, Jessica was the Director of Academic Counseling and the Peer Mentoring Coordinator of College Initiative, a project of PRI. Jessica’s previous experience includes working at John Jay College as an Academic Counselor and lecturer for the SEEK program, and teaching at BMCC in the Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice Department. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
KombehKombeh Jobe, Academic Counselor
Kombeh joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as an Academic Counselor in November 2018. She is deeply passionate about providing quality educational access to vulnerable or marginalized populations and is excited to join the PRI community. Prior to joining PRI, she was a College Access Advisor with New York Edge, where she provided early college awareness workshops to 7th grade students in various middle schools across the city. She was also a co-teacher with the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy, where she academically, socially, and emotionally prepared newly arrived immigrant youth for life in a NYC public school. She obtained a Master's of Art in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor's of Art in English from Hunter College.
Zoe JohnsonZoë Johnson, Policy Coordinator
Zoë joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Policy Initiatives Program Associate in February 2017. Her primary responsibilities include providing programmatic and administrative support to the Director and Policy Director. Prior to joining PRI, Zoë worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Guadeloupe with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), and as a Summer Teaching Fellow at MS 331, the Bronx School of Young Leaders. She also worked with the NYU Marron Institute, an organization focused on urban management, criminal justice, and environmental health, where she provided programmatic and executive support. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in a course to create and facilitate an arts-based empowerment workshop for a group of incarcerated young adults at Rikers Island. She also provided tutoring at the Fortune Society's alternative-to-incarceration education program. Zoë graduated summa cum laude from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a minor in Media, Culture, and Communication.
Diane JungDiane Jung, Finance Associate
Diane joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as a Finance Associate in September 2018. She supports PRI’s finance and operations teams by processing and preparing financial reports, tracking budgets, and other various transactions. Prior to joining PRI, Diane supported the financial operations at an education non-profit, working closely with program staff and administrative staff of all levels. Diane is excited about educational initiatives for under-served communities and how she can support this important work through efficient processes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and public policy from New York University.
Salik Karim, Advocacy Coordinator
Salik joined the Prison Reentry Institute in August 2019 as the Advocacy Coordinator. In this role he works with PRI’s policy team to change policies that negatively impact individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Salik previously worked for several nonprofit organizations focused on mental health and substance abuse; he has an extensive background in housing and welfare law, case management, and mental health services for at-risk populations. Salik has a BSW from Medgar Evers College and an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where he was a recipient of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) One Year Residency Scholarship.
John MolinaJohn Molina, Mentoring and Alumni Coordinator
Juan (or “John”) joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in May of 2019 as the College Initiative (CI) Mentoring and Alumni Coordinator. For over a decade, John’s tightly held beliefs in redemption and access to education have kept him tethered to the CI community. Initially, John was a CI student who also volunteered as a Student Recruiter and Data Entry Specialist. John officially joined the CI staff as an Academic Counselor in 2009, while also attending night classes at Lehman College. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration with presidential honors from Lehman College in 2010. John went on to enroll at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he earned a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Health Policy and Management (HPAM). John is also an active member of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
Miguel MolinaMiguel Molina, College Readiness Coordinator/Instructor
Miguel joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the College Readiness Instructor in August 2018. He teaches the College Readiness course at Rikers Island, a writing-intensive social justice-themed course that prepares students for the CUNY placement test in writing as well as helps students develop critical thinking and rhetorical strategies in preparation for social science and humanities coursework. Prior to joining PRI as a full time staff member, he taught the same course at Queensboro Correctional Facility and worked for over 17 years as an English adjunct professor and writing tutor at LaGuardia Community College. As a lifelong college educator, Miguel passionately believes in expanding access to higher education for justice-involved students as well as the importance of using an anti-oppression lens in writing education. Miguel holds a BA in philosophy from St. John’s University and an MA in Adult TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Hunter College.
Drew OldfieldDrew Oldfield, Director of Career Pathways
Drew Oldfield joined PRI in March 2019 as the Director of Career Pathways. Drew was most recently Assistant Director of Employment Services at Fedcap, where he was responsible for job preparation and placements, job development, and community internship development and placements. He expanded cross-team and interdepartmental collaboration to achieve employment services targets. Drew brings a wide range of prior experience, including his work as a Medicaid service coordinator and as a group home manager. In addition to directing the Career Pathways certificate programs including Navigator and Tech 101, Drew will be developing work readiness services that benefit students across all PRI programs.
CarlosCarlos Quintana, Director of College Access
Carlos joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the College Initiative Program Coordinator in January 2016. Previously, he worked for nine years in after-school programs in New York City public schools doing Human Rights and Social Justice programming. Carlos holds a BA in Sociology and Education from Northeastern University where he studied to become an elementary school teacher. Carlos is passionate about Social Justice issues and cares deeply about higher education access for under-served communities.
Katheryne Ralph, Director of Human Resources
Katheryne Ralph joined PRI in April 2019 as the Director of Human Resources. Kathy brings more than ten years of Human Resource experience in various work environments, including start-ups, for-profits, non-profits and government. Her first managerial role was for The Fortune Society, and she later worked at Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, AMC Health, and, most recently, NADAP. She is a graduate from Adelphi University and received her certification in Human Resources from New York University.
Antonia SalernoAntonia Salerno, Academic Counseling Coordinator
Antonia joined PRI as the Academic Counseling Coordinator in April of 2018. Antonia received her MSW in 2011 and began her career in a supported employment program assisting individuals with serious mental illness connect with employment and fulfill their desire to work. In this role, Antonia developed an appreciation for the transformative impact of employment and education, and a passion for working with people in their pursuit of their professional goals. Since 2013, Antonia has been working in the field of academic advisement and higher education administration. Before joining the PRI team, Antonia worked as the Associate Director of the CUNY Start and Math Start programs at Bronx Community College.
MarianaMariana Sant'Anna, Director of Operations
Mariana joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Operations Manager in January 2018. Previously, she worked as the Events Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College. At NNSC, Mariana was responsible for managing administration and logistics of various internal and external events, as well as handling routine and impromptu purchases for events, negotiating with vendors, tracking and reporting purchases, and managing NNSC travel and policies. Prior to NNSC, she worked as the Development Coordinator at Sponsors for Education Opportunity, an educational nonprofit helping public high school students go to and graduate from college. Mariana holds a BA in Psychology from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, City University of New York, where she graduated with honors.
Edwin SantanaEdwin Santana, Intake and Case Management Specialist
Edwin Santana joined PRI in March 2019 as the Intake and Case Management Specialist. Edwin came to PRI from Harlem United where he worked as a Care Navigator for their Health Homes program. He is a member and Campaign Leader for JustLeadershipUSA, where he has organized community forums, facilitated membership meetings, and participated in direct actions for their #CLOSErikers/#FREEnewyork/buildCOMMUNITY campaigns. Edwin also sits on the Advisory Board for The Rikers Island Public Memory Project. He is a graduate of the Fortune Society’s Employment Services program, where he completed an internship at C.A.S.E.S. (Justice Corps) as a mentor and group facilitator. Edwin is part of the Communications Team for the radio talk-show On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report on WBAI 99.5FM.
Eric SeligmanEric Seligman, P2CP Program Coordinator
Eric Seligman joined PRI in March 2019 as the P2CP Program Coordinator. Prior to joining PRI, Eric served as a regional manager of the Petey Greene Program in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, coordinating with universities, corrections officials, incarcerated students, and community volunteers to supplement education programs in prisons and jails with high quality tutoring. He spent several years as a Teaching Artist in El Sistema-inspired music programs, during which time he developed his commitments to education access and restorative justice. Eric holds a B.M. from Northwestern University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he was a 2017-18 Dorot Fellow.
Elena Sigman, Director of Collaborative Learning
Elena joined PRI in September 2011. She has thirty years of experience in social justice program design, startup, and operations management. Elena created PRI’s Career Pathways division, leading R&D and then managing the launch of certificate training programs for people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Tech 101, featured in Fast Company, is a basic technology skills training that bridges the digital divide for people returning to NYC after years in prison. The Navigator Certificate in Human Services & Community Justice offers preparation for jobs and career advancement in the human services sector and an on-ramp to higher education. Elena partnered with John Jay College faculty and administrators along with subject matter experts to develop training curricula and to establish the Navigator Certificate as the first non-credit to credit bearing program at the College. Currently, Elena is developing the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training and is partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and CUNY School of Professional Studies to create training for City-contracted providers of workforce development services. Elena previously led PRI’s work on the NYC Justice Corps, serving as liaison between the NYC Mayor’s Office and contracted nonprofit providers in four boroughs and managing a redesign of the program model that increased placements in jobs, education, and training for young adults. Elena is a NeuroLeadership Institute Results Trained Coach. She has a BA in English from Yale University and a MFA from Columbia University. Elena has previously served as Director of Food Programs at Hazon and as Director of Operations at the Women’s Prison Association, among other roles.
Cynthia Treanor, Training Associate
Cynthia joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in June 2019 as a Training Associate for Career Pathways. Prior to joining our team, Cynthia worked for several years with underserved populations. She continues to volunteer as an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and assists individuals in developing autonomy. Cynthia holds an associate degree in business administration and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree at Lehman College. She enjoys learning about different cultures by visiting foreign countries and has a passion for empowering others.
Amy WaldAmy Wald, Intake and Support Services Manager
Amy joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Intake and Resource Coordinator in October 2017. Prior to joining PRI as a full time staff member, she served as an MSW intern with College Initiative in 2015. Additionally, Amy worked for an alternative to incarceration program for youth in NYC. Amy is passionate about building pathways to education for formerly incarcerated individuals. Amy holds a BA in psychology from Hunter College and recently graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with her MSW.
Christina Walker, Fellowships Initiative Coordinator
Christina Walker joined PRI in May 2019 as a Fellowships Initiative Coordinator in May 2019, and she assists with the administration and execution of PRI’s Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative. Christina previously worked as a special educator teacher for youth with disabilities, as a Creative Writing instructor for women incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility, and as a mathematics and reading GED teacher for women at the Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center (The WORC), an alternative-to-incarceration program in Hempstead. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a K-12 certification and Reading Specialist License. She also acquired a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language, Culture and Society, and focused her research on using educational programs in jails to rehabilitate people and increase productivity. Christina deeply believes in the restorative power of education and hopes to continue supporting the success of students.
Alison WilkeyAlison Wilkey, Director of Public Policy
Alison joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute as the Policy Director in December 2015. Prior to joining PRI, she worked at Youth Represent as the Director of Policy and Legal Services. In that role, she conducted Youth Represent’s law reform efforts, supervised all attorneys and law students, and directed client representation. Prior to joining Youth Represent in 2008, she worked as a staff attorney at the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Ms. Wilkey served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, serving on the Justice Center Advisory Board and numerous other committees. She sat on the Criminal Courts Committee and the Corrections and Community Reentry Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Wilkey is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a Charles Evans Hughes Human Rights Fellow, and was awarded the Jerome Michael Jury Cup.