Andy has been engaged in justice policy and law reform efforts for over 30 years. Prior to arriving at Safety and Justice Oregon in 2014, he spent 15 years leading drug policy reform efforts at the Open Society Foundations, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of Washington. While in Seattle, he was founding director of the Drug Policy Reform Project, where he helped overhaul the state’s criminal sentencing scheme, develop Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and create and implement successful strategies for marijuana policy reform and ending the War on Drugs. Earlier in his career, Andy represented homeless and low-income people at the Legal Aid Society of New York City and and at Columbia Legal Services in Washington. He is a graduate of Tufts University and New York University School of Law.
Shannon has 20 years’ experience transforming criminal and juvenile justice systems in Oregon and Louisiana. She co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and served as Policy Director for Innocence Project New Orleans. As a policy advocate, strategist, and direct service provider, she’s led efforts to establish and implement many of the leading-edge public safety and criminal justice reforms of the past two decades. In 2008, she began her role as Deputy Director at Safety and Justice Oregon, where she sets and drives the organization’s integrated approach to reform, addressing the needs and rights of people who commit crimes, people who are victims of crime, and the families and communities of both. She is a proud single mom to a fabulous daughter and stepson.
Born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Southern California, Cleo is a second generation Taiwanese American. She joined Safety and Justice Oregon in August 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s individual and foundation development efforts. Previously, she worked in development at UCLA. There she was dedicated to improving mentorship and access to STEM education for students of color and raising support for the university’s research, education, and community outreach programs in women’s health. Cleo received a BA in Criminology from UC Irvine and MPhil in Criminological Research from University of Cambridge.
Finance and Operations Director
Anita joined the staff at Safety and Justice Oregon in November 2015, but she has been a part of the organization family for over a decade, serving on our board of directors from 2004 to 2012 and taking on leadership roles as both board treasurer and board chair. Since 2003, Anita had worked with our friends and supporters at the MRG Foundation where she held key grantmaking and leadership positions including serving as Deputy Director. MRG’s Executive Director Sharon Gary-Smith – also a past member of PSJ’s Board of Directors – has described Anita’s “incredible talents” and predicted that “Anita’s expert strategic, operational, and financial thinking” will deepen and fortify our work.
Talia came to Safety and Justice Oregon in 2016. Prior to joining the team, she spent the 2015 legislative session in Salem, after which she helped develop a broad public health and equity policy platform as campaign manager in a competitive local race. Earlier in her career, Talia spent about a decade as a crisis advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and another decade managing public health prevention education programs. She’s an all-around fan of Oregon’s natural beauty, gluten, and the serial comma.
Crime Survivor Program Director
A long-time advocate and family service provider in Bend, Oregon, Amy comes to us with over 15 years of experience supporting and advocating on behalf of crime survivors. Through policy work, professional development, and community engagement, Amy’s developed a keen understanding of intersectionality and the complexity of crime victim and survivor work. She takes pride in being slightly rough around the edges when it comes to her interests in wood splitting, old episodes of Soul Train, and whitewater canoeing, but she can really stand behind sophisticated pens and a good debate about anything.
Aron joined our team in 2018 after volunteering with Partnership for Safety and Justice for several years, starting with his first Lobby Day in 2014. He spent 10 years supporting stigmatized populations and understands that rehabilitation is possible when people have access to help, communal support, and hope for the future. Aron has worked on a variety of campaigns, including California’s marriage equality campaign. When he’s not working, you can find Aron biking, square dancing, feeding his sourdough starter, or partially finishing crossword puzzles.