Our stakeholder convening on March 10 was focused on Legislative & Administrative Changes Impacting the Formerly Incarcerated.
Please download the meeting notes and slide decks here.
ELIZA HERSH serves as Director for Clean Slate Practice, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Eliza is a graduate of Boalt Hall. While in law school Eliza interned at EBCLC, in the Boalt Death Penalty Clinic, and in the offices of the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Public Defenders. She joined EBCLC’s staff following a clerkship with Chief Judge Martha Vázquez, United States District Court, District of New Mexico. Prior to law school Eliza worked as a capital case investigator at the California Appellate Project and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center. She has also worked as a victim liaison in the field of Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), which offers a platform for survivors of capital murder to get their needs met by the criminal process while maintaining the integrity of the defense.
ANNA KIRSCH joined EBCLC’s Health and Welfare Practice in 2015. Her work is focused on helping clients struggling with racism, poverty, and homelessness secure economic stability. She previously worked as a fellow at the UC Hastings Civil Justice Clinic representing low-wage workers, people with disabilities, and people seeking dismissals of criminal convictions. As a law student, she interned in EBCLC’s Income Support Unit, and after graduating law school worked as a Bridge Fellow at EBCLC’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic. Before law school, she worked as the development director at POOR Magazine, a grassroots non-profit in San Francisco.
CRAIG EMMONS is Division Director, Alameda County Probation Department.
ANNA KELLEHER is Rubicon’s Deputy Director of Economic Empowerment in Northern Alameda County. Prior to moving into her current role, Anna managed Rubicon’s integrated services program (formerly HUD Berkeley). Anna has a decade of experience working in employment and workforce services with diverse programs and agencies in the Bay Area, including the County of Marin’s CalWorks and General Assistance Division, the Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter in Fremont through Abode Services, and Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. Prior to her career in management, Anna worked in the County Jail in San Francisco preparing women transitioning from incarceration back into their communities, and she remains a long-time volunteer Victim Impact Speaker for Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) through the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Anna is a credentialed Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Administration and Planning from San Francisco State University.
AL FRIERSON is the Senior Finance Coach for Rubicon Programs in Alameda County Al is into his 3rd calendar year at Rubicon Programs BEE Program. Al has a background in Education Advocacy and in Finance. Al presently serves as a Policy Council Member for the YMCA’s Early Childhood Development Council, as well as facilitator for Financial Literacy and Male Family Engagement, which focuses on family engagement by improving male involvement. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience in the Financial industry, as a Senior Licensed Loan Officer and as a Licensed Private Banker, with several major financial institutions. An early success of the BEE Program was the impressive CRA work funded by Citibank in which more than 300 consumers with more than 20 agencies were presented with Financial Literacy Workshops. Citi’s representative was impressed with the number of participants reached, with the content and delivery of the workshop as well as the improved Financial Literacy gauged by a preand post- workshop survey. Al is serves presently on the AC CAN Programs Committee, his experience on the committee has included formative contributions to the Savvy Consumer Toolkit, a financial capabilities training curriculum.”
SOLANA RICE is a Project Director with CFED. In this role, she leads several local initiatives, including the Family Assets Count Project that aims to bring local asset data and policy innovation to cities across the country. Ms. Rice has a passion for expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and people of color through asset building, community development and economic development. Prior to CFED, Ms. Rice worked with PolicyLink where she lead a team focused on building awareness, encouraging collaboration and providing technical assistance to organizations in an effort to address wealth inequality and close the racial wealth gap. Ms. Rice holds a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
TRAM QUANG NGUYEN coordinates the economic and housing policy work with the Place Matters program of Alameda County Public Health Department. Before joining ACPHD, Tram worked with the California Reinvestment Coalition on financial system reform and addressing the subprime mortgage crisis. She began her career as a journalist, and was the editor of Color Lines, a national newsmagazine on race issues. Tram holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy