Andy has been engaged in justice policy and law reform efforts for over 30 years. Prior to arriving at Partnership for Safety and Justice 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 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. 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. She co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and served as Policy Director for Innocence Project New Orleans. In 2008, she began her role as Deputy Director at Partnership for Safety and Justice, 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.
Cleo joined Partnership for Safety and Justice in August 2015 and is responsible for advancing the organization’s individual and foundation fundraising efforts. Previously, she worked in development at UCLA, where she helped increase access to STEM education and raised support for the university’s research, education, and community outreach programs in women’s health. Cleo currently serves on the board of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service (OAASIS). She 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 Partnership for Safety and Justice 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 Partnership for Safety and Justice 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-response advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and she spent 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’ll can find Aron biking, square dancing, ringing hand bells, making breakfast, or partially finishing crossword puzzles.
Each summer, we welcome high school, college, and youth interns to support their development and ours. This year, we’re thrilled to welcome four remarkable people to our team.
DeVonte is a Franklin High School student in Portland and comes to us through Black Male Achievement. His first experience with Partnership for Safety and Justice was at the Youth Justice Reform bill signing (SB 1008), where he met the Governor and his state representative for the first time. The experience helped him connect with community members who are equally invested in Measure 11 reform work. DeVonte sought our nonprofit office setting to help him develop skills for future professional opportunities.
A Sophomore at the University of Oregon, Semeredin is active in both campus life and the local Eugene community. Semeredin is interning with the Crime Survivor program where he is developing relationships with culturally-responsive service providers. His research will aid in the effective implementation of the Youth Justice Reforms (SB 1008) and the Justice Reinvestment Equity and Accountability Act (HB 3064), both of which passed earlier this year.
Tavie is a Lincoln High School student in Portland. She became interested in the criminal justice system through her involvement with her high school’s Constitution Team, where she learned to debate the constitutionality of controversial issues. Tavie is interested in the intersection between criminal justice and health policy reform, and she believes that we are all responsible for working to reform the criminal justice system. During her internship, she’s looking forward to learning more about affecting change through policy advocacy.
Torey is a graduate of Century High School in Hillsboro and also comes to us through Black Male Achievement. Torey is interested in film production, and he composes and creates music for films. This is his first experience working at a nonprofit, and he brings strong problem-solving skills and consensus-building by focusing on shared values. During his summer at PSJ, he’s looking forward to deepening these and other skills that will be important to him as he continues his professional journey.