who we are

Alex Busansky, President

Email Alex Busansky | Twitter @impactjustice  Alex Busansky began his career as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1987. During his twelve years at the district attorney’s office, he handled homicides, serious domestic violence and other family violence, and sex abuse cases. In 1998, Alex left New York City to work for the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC where he became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. While at DOJ, he investigated and prosecuted cases across the nation involving excessive use of force by federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections officers and racial and religious hate crimes. In 2002, he served as counsel to Senator Russ Feingold on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, he worked on a broad range of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and homeland security issues including developing strategies to address the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting legislation concerning the use of excessive force by US Customs agents, and developing the Anti-Gang Act. In 2004, Alex joined the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America’s Prisons. He was the founding director of the Washington, DC, office, where he led Vera’s work on numerous national and local initiatives including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. Alex also served as an adjunct professor at American University School of Law, co-teaching the Prosecution Seminar.

In 2010, Alex joined the National Council on Crime & Delinquency as President. During his tenure, Alex led NCCD to become a leading organization working at the forefront of criminal justice innovations. He and his team built several groundbreaking initiatives including the Restorative Justice Project, the PREA Resource Center, the Media for a Just Society Awards and the Pay for Success initiative. He also expanded the reach of NCCD to include the launch of a Washington, DC office. In 2011 he served as a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Jail Violence. Alex earned his Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four children.

sujatha baliga, vice president and director, Restorative Justice Project

Email sujatha baliga | Twitter @sujathabaliga  sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to organize a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the Today Show, and her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine. She often speaks publically and inside prisons about restorative justice, her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse, and her path to forgiveness. Today, sujatha is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, where she helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also dedicated to advancing restorative justice to end child sexual abuse and intrafamilial and sexual violence. sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships.

Angela Irvine, Vice President

Email Angela Irvine Angela Irvine, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in education and social policy. Raised in Santa Cruz County, CA, Angela earned her BA from UC Berkeley in 1984, her secondary teaching credential from St. Mary’s College of California in 1985, and her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 2002 while simultaneously serving as a National Science Fellow (NSF) in public policy and program evaluation. Angela spent 10 years running her own program evaluation and policy research business, and she has studied housing, education, health, and criminal justice policy. Angela spent the last four years as research director at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), serving as the principal investigator of a national study of juvenile deincarceration; a national study of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system; a project to improve permanency for LGBT youth and youth of color within the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems; a survey of every detention hall, ranch, and camp in California to understand statewide pathways into the juvenile justice system for LGBT youth; and a National Institute of Justice researcher-practitioner partnership grant in Santa Cruz County to determine whether structured decision making instruments used by adult probation departments can lead to more equitable probation outcomes for Latinos and women.

Nicole Pittman, Stoneleigh Fellow and Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform (CYRR)

Email Nicole Pittman |Stoneleigh Fellow Nicole Pittman, has joined Impact Justice as the Vice-President. Nicole has spent over 10 years challenging the wisdom of registration and notification laws by conducting groundbreaking research, providing expert testimony to over thirty states and before US Congress, and reshaping the dialogue around this issue through education, lawyering, and advocacy. Nicole’s current work is aimed at making communities safer by eliminating the placement of youth on registries all together.

Through her Stoneleigh Fellowship at Impact Justice, Nicole created and is serving as the Director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform (CYRR), a national center dedicated to eliminating the practice of placing children on sex offender registries. Using a zealous, unwavering, yet tactical strategy, the CYRR will confront the fears and misconceptions that drove our country to include children in sex offender registration schemes. It will center the voices of those most impacted by the harms of child registration towards shifting the paradigm of how the criminal-legal system responds to child sexual behavior. As a 2011 Soros Senior Justice Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Nicole interviewed hundreds of individuals raised on registries across the country to document the abuses that stem from subjecting children to sex offender registration laws. Pittman’s 2013 Human Rights Watch report entitled, Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US, is the first comprehensive examination of the harm of placing children on sex offender registries, and features first-person narratives to illustrate the harrowing treatment of children, as young as 8, 10, and 12 years old, subjected to lifetime sex offender registration and public notification. Nicole is also the author of the 2011 reference guide titled, “A Snapshot of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws: A Survey of the United States.” Previously, Nicole worked for seven years at the Defender Association of Philadelphia as the Juvenile Justice Policy Analyst Attorney. Nicole has also worked as a staff attorney at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Defender Office, and the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Nicole received a JD from Tulane Law School and a BA from Duke University. For more information on the Stoneleigh Foundation and its Stoneleigh Fellowships, click here.

Aisha Canfield, Program Associate

Email Aisha Canfield Aisha Canfield has worked in systems reform since college. She began her career working as a case assistant in death row appeals for indigent prisoners in the state of California, served as a board member for the local chapter of a national organization to increase civic engagement amongst women, and later worked as a paralegal for a private civil rights litigation firm. Aisha has since received her Masters in Public Policy from Mills College and focuses primarily on juvenile justice reform, notably preventing system-involvement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT/GNC) and gender nonconforming youth of color while improving outcomes for those already system involved. She has conducted groundbreaking national and statewide research to determine the disproportionate detention of LGBT/GNC youth in the juvenile justice system and to identify systemic points of disparity, including contact with child welfare (dual-involvement). In addition to conducting research, Aisha travels throughout the state to train juvenile probation departments to implement data collection systems that will inform the allocation of resources and services and inform practice around LGBT/GNC youth in secure facilities. Aisha also serves as an evaluator for community-based organizations serving system-involved youth nationally. She believes that change cannot be effective without an intersectional lens that employs race and SOGIE and enjoys the challenge of facilitating systems and organizations to have honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation.

Sia Henry, Harvard Law Fellow, Restorative Justice Project

Email Sia Henry Sia Henry is dedicated to creating a more racially and socioeconomically just society, especially for high incarceration communities of color. She has been awarded a fellowship to join Impact Justice, where she works on various projects within California and other states to promote the use of restorative justice to address the criminalization of youth and racial and ethnic disparities within the criminal justice system. Sia is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as street law co-chair of the Black Law Student Association, director of events for the Harvard African Law Association, chair of the Harvard Law School Chapter of the Athena Women’s Mentoring Grad Student Board, judge for the Boston Debate League, and conference/symposium chair for the Harvard Law Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Sia spent her law school summers assisting with record expungement and other reentry issues at the Georgia Justice Project and within the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Restorative Justice Project. Prior to law school, Sia attended Duke University, where she created her major in criminology and criminal psychology, was a Duke cheerleader, and graduated summa cum laude.

Andi Gentile, Juvenile Justice Policy Strategist, Center on Youth Registration Reform

Email Andi Gentile | Andi grew up in New York City, and earned her BA in gender studies and psychology from Wesleyan University and her master’s in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. Before returning to school, she served as a community organizer primarily with queer and trans youth and young adults working to change schools and communities. She was also a community organizing resident with Domestic Workers United in New York. In Texas, Andi built leadership with young LGBTQ people who were transforming their schools, and collaborated with youth who sought to undermine the common perception that schools should increase punishment to stop bullying, by emphasizing that marginalized students are disproportionally targeted for both bullying and punishment, and often pushed out of schools.  During graduate school, Andi worked in the Texas legislature on efforts to raise the age at which youth are tried as adults, among other criminal and juvenile justice change efforts. Andi also interned with NCCD. She is deeply committed to change work that tends to intersections and that centers the experiences and expertise of those directly impacted by unjust policies and systems, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice.

nuri nusrat, Restorative Justice Project

Email nuri nusrat | nuri nusrat is dedicated to working with people whose lives are affected by the criminal legal system. For the past two years, she collaborated with communities across California to implement pre-charge restorative justice diversion programs. These programs attend to victim-identified needs and support young people arrested for crimes through processes that upholds the humanity and dignity of all affected. nuri travels throughout California to offer trainings on facilitating restorative community conferences and circle process. Prior to this, at the Federal Public Defender Death Penalty Project, nuri assisted attorneys’ presentations of their clients’ life histories. In the past she also worked on cases of people denied disability benefits, of people facing removal from the United States, and on record expungement. In recent years she has been learning about community responses to child sexual abuse. nuri’s family history inspires her to empathize with people harmed and people who have done harm, and to dedicate energy to supporting community capacity to address these harms. nuri nusrat holds a J.D. from American University and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.

Valerie Okelola, Senior Program Specialist

Email Valerie Okelola | Valerie Okelola is a Program Specialist with Impact Justice. Valerie provides technical assistance to five juvenile probation departments integrating asset-based strategies into treatment practices with youth. She also provides evaluation support to the CeaseFire Violence Reduction Strategy in Oakland, California. Previously she worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency on the Girls and Gangs Survey, California’s Children’s Defense fund and juvenile probation issues. She has a BA from University of California, Los Angeles and Master of Arts, Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Aaron Juchau, Project Manager & Administrative Coordinator

Email Aaron Juchau Before joining Impact Justice, Aaron Juchau worked at the Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). Aaron worked with Alex Busansky at NCCD and now works at Impact Justice where he provides technical, administrative, and programmatic support. Aaron studied Political Economy at UC Berkeley.

Taonga Leslie, Administrative Assistant

Email Taonga Leslie | Taonga Leslie is passionate about improving and transforming the criminal justice system. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Taonga conducted internships at the Southern Center for Human Rights, Southern Legal Counsel and the Alachua County Work Release Program. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship. Taonga holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.

Carrie Goux, Communications

Email Carrie Goux | Twitter @cgoux Carrie Goux is the founding partner of Broadside Partners, a strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm based in the Bay Area. Carrie has broad communications and public affairs experience globally and in the United States, working with the federal government and not-for-profit sectors, and with corporate clients. She served as Corporate Affairs Manager for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Head of Microsoft’s corporate philanthropy for the region. Previously, she was Strategic Communications Director at the US State Department, as an advisor and program manager in the Bureau of Humanitarian Response at the US Agency for International Development working on post-conflict transition, and as a Communications Advisor at the US Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary. She also served in various senior political roles in the Clinton/Gore Presidential campaigns, including as Director of National Advance and Scheduling for the 1996 re-election.

Ed Scheuer, Chief Financial Officer

Email Ed Scheuer | Ed Scheuer, interim CFO, founded Capius Consulting following a consulting career of over 20 years. Ed was a Partner in the Life Sciences practice of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), a privately held, multi-national consulting firm. He served as a member of SDG’s Board of Directors and chaired its Audit and Finance Committee. At SDG, Ed led corporate growth, due diligence and portfolio management projects at dozens of companies, including some of the world’s largest biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical firms. Ed was also Regional Managing Director of Protiviti’s Pacific Northwest practice, managing over 250 staff in six offices, and was head of that firm’s global Life Sciences industry group. At Protiviti, he worked with many emerging companies on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial process re-engineering and internal audit. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in the UK and with Arthur Andersen in the United States, where he served in both the external and internal audit groups. Ed has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.

National Justice Partner

David Muhammad

Email David Muhammad | Twitter @DavidMuhammad David Muhammad, National Justice Partner at Impact Justice, is the President of CEO Solutions.  David is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development.  David is the lead consultant and technical assistant provider to five California counties through the Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative. He also provides leadership and technical assistance to the CeaseFire Violence Reduction Strategy in the cities of Oakland and Stockton, California. David is currently helping to develop a new organization in Los Angeles, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), which was founded by a successful and famous Hollywood producer. ARC is a support network and advocacy organization for the formerly incarcerated. David is also co-coordinating a statewide coalition of juvenile justice advocates, the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice. The former chief probation officer of the Alameda County (California) Probation Department, David was responsible for overseeing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. He ushered in enormous reform in Alameda County to move probation away from a deficit-based correctional model into a strengths-based Positive Youth Development model. David formerly served as the deputy commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation and was responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation and a staff of 800. He previously served as the chief of committed services for Washington, DC’s, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). His responsibilities at DYRS included 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget, a juvenile institution, and 900 youth committed to his department’s care. Prior to joining Impact Justice, David served as Director of National Justice Programs for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. While at NCCD, Mr. Muhammad worked on numerous juvenile and adult criminal justice projects including the Sierra Health Foundation, Positive Youth Development initiative, Operation Ceasefire, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and the Alameda County Collective Impact project.  David is currently working with Impact Justice on a number of justice projects, including Antelope Valley and the Sierra Health Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

Alex Busansky, sujatha baliga, David Muhammad, Angela Irvine, Nicole Pittman, Sia Henry, Valerie Okalola