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Our Team

Meet Our Staff

Lauren Butner

Lauren Butner

Operations Manager
Jesse Gant

Jesse Gant

Information Manager
Mary Gould

Mary Gould

Director
Caitlin Muñoz

Caitlin Muñoz

Research Project Manager
Lauren Reed

Lauren Reed

Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Jameel Spann

Jameel Spann

Administrative Assistant

Interested in working with or volunteering with the Alliance? Go here to view current openings.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Robert Carmona

Robert Carmona

Co-Founder, STRIVE International
André de Quadros

André de Quadros

Professor of Music, Boston University
Naomi Dennis

Naomi Dennis

Criminal Law Attorney (Board Chair)
Jody Lewen

Jody Lewen

Executive Director, Prison University Project
Danny Murillo

Danny Murillo

Program Analyst, Campaign for College Opportunity
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

Associate Director for SEE Learning, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Sean Pica

Sean Pica

Executive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Shana Russell

Shana Russell

Faculty, Bard College Early High School Newark
Jonathan Stenger

Jonathan Stenger

Vice President of External Affairs, Osborne Association
Stephen B. Walker

Stephen B. Walker

Chief of Governmental Affairs, California Correctional Peace Officers Association
Belinda Wheeler

Belinda Wheeler

Associate Professor of English, Claflin University
Cheryl Wilkins

Cheryl Wilkins

Senior Director of Education and Programs, Columbia University’s Center for Justice

Interested in joining the Advisory Board? View the position description and application form.

“I had the opportunity to go inside and actually sit through a class. I was so unprepared for the level of engagement, and insight, and knowledge that the student’s possessed. I saw the students get this exposure and this opportunity. You can literally just see them begin to blossom.”
Stephen Walker, Director Governmental Affairs, California Peace Officers Union
Advisory Board Member, Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

Meet Our Fiscal Sponsor

The Alliance for Higher Education receives structure, finance and administrative services from Community Partners.

For more than 25 years, hundreds of individuals, groups, foundations and other institutions have worked with Community Partners to create new nonprofit projects, establish coalitions, and manage major philanthropic initiatives to benefit the region. Its mission is to accelerate ideas into action to advance the public good. We achieve this in three basic ways:

Fiscal Sponsorship

Provide the structure, finance and administrative services, and expert counsel that help nonprofit leaders succeed

Intermediary Services

Help foundations, corporations, government agencies and other institutions achieve greater impact

Knowledge Sharing

Deliver workshops, reports, speaking engagements and a range of publications help strengthen the field


Meet Our Current Funders

Meet Our Current Consultants

In addition to our staff, the Alliance is supported by a team of consultants who contribute to various aspects of our work.

Meet Our Other Contributors

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison would like to thank photographer Babita Patel and the following higher education in prison programs for contributing photographs for our website and print materials:

The Journal of Higher Education in Prison owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to the editorial team at the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs and Michael LeVan, Editor-in-Chief/Founding Editor of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies for their guidance as we founded a new journal.