Amanda Aronczyk, Reporter, WNYC: Amanda Aronczyk has been a radio reporter and new media producer for more than 15 years, working for Radiolab, Marketplace, Weekend America, and The Next Big Thing. As a freelancer, she has produced podcasts for The New Yorker and Slate and reported and produced for a variety of programs, including the BBC World Service, Freakonomics, and Studio 360. Currently, Aronczyk is working on special projects for WNYC’s health unit. She also is an adjunct faculty member at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Catherine V. Beane, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, YWCA USA: Catherine Beane leads the YWCA advocacy department in its efforts to impact legislation and policy related to racial justice; civil rights; and women’s empowerment, economic advancement, and health and safety. Beane has more than two decades of experience addressing equity issues in public policy and legal settings. Most recently, she addressed gender equity, school discipline, and student achievement issues for the National Education Association. She also served as policy director for the Children’s Defense Fund.
Allison Magee, Executive Director, Zellerbach Family Foundation: Allison Magee is recognized nationally for her leadership in improving services for system-involved youth and their families. Her work with the Zellerbach Family Foundation is focused on strengthening families and communities through constructive social change.
Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA: Glenn E. Martin is the founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, an organization that aims to cut the US correctional population in half by 2030 by empowering the people most impacted by crime and incarceration. Martin also co-founded the Education From the Inside Out Coalition and the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy. He is a 2011–2012 America’s Leaders of Change National Urban Fellow and a member of the boards of the College and Community Fellowship and Prisoners’ Legal Services.
Anne Milgram: Anne Milgram’s work centers on innovating the criminal justice system through smart data, analytics, and technology. Milgram is a Senior Fellow at the Center of the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU. She previously led the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where she focused on transforming the front end of the criminal justice system and developed the first national model risk assessment tool for courts, police, and prosecutors. She is also the former Attorney General of New Jersey.
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange: Rashad Robinson serves as executive director of the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has grown its membership to one million-plus people nationwide. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named ColorOfChange the sixth most innovative company in the world “for creating a civil rights group for the 21st century.”
Liliana Segura, Journalist, The Intercept: Liliana Segura is a journalist and editor with a longtime focus on prisons, prisoners, and the failings and excesses of the US criminal justice system—from wrongful convictions to the death penalty. She covered these and other issues most recently as an editor at The Nation, where she edited a number of award-winning stories. Previously she was a senior editor at AlterNet, where she headed up civil liberties coverage during the early days of Obama’s presidency.
Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations: Nkechi Taifa works to influence the public policy debate in support of comprehensive justice reform. She focuses on issues involving federal sentencing reform, accountability in federal law enforcement, reentry of previously incarcerated persons, and prison reform and has played a major role in raising the visibility of issues involving unequal justice. Taifa also convenes The Justice Roundtable, a Washington-based advocacy network advancing federal criminal justice policy reforms.
Malik Vitthal, Director, Imperial Dreams: Malik Vitthal was the 2015 Media for a Just Society Awards winner in the film category for Imperial Dreams. Vitthal graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he was selected to represent the United States as a three-time delegate to the World Youth Conference for Peace in India. Vitthal co-wrote and directed Imperial Dreams, his feature directorial debut, which was developed at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and the Jerusalem International Film Lab.