Staff, Board Members, and Interns

The CURB team is made up of passionate staff, board members, and interns from across the country with a diverse background in policy change and anti-prison work, including two members who are currently imprisoned in California.

STAFF

Amber Rose Howard

Amber Rose Howard

Statewide Co-Coordinator

Amber Rose Howard is a natural writer, public speaker, and organizer committed to protecting human rights and liberties. Centered around the victorious campaign to pass the most progressive “Fair Chance Hiring” policy for the city of LA, as well as a successful settlement with LA Sheriff to ensure eligible voters are registered in county jails, Amber Rose also works as an organizer for All Of Us Or None. She holds a BA in Communication Studies concentrated in Public Argumentation & Rhetoric from CSU San Bernardino and currently serves as Chairperson on the board of trustees for the Social Justice Advocacy Project, Inc.

Ivette Alé

Ivette Alé

Statewide Co-Coordinator

Ivette has years of experience as a grassroots organizer, LGBTQ community leader, and artist. She is the co-founder of Azucar, an incubator for QTPOC artists and fundraising platform for LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations. She currently serves on the board of Voices Neighborhood Council as a Budget Advocate representing South Los Angeles’ District 9, and is part of the 2017 Justice Policy Network Fellowship program. Ivette is a graduate of the UC Berkeley with a BA in Political Science, a graduate of the UCLA Law Fellows Program, and Justice Now’s Summer Internship Program.

BOARD MEMBERS

Soffiyah Elijah

Soffiyah Elijah

National Advisory Board Member

(New York) is the Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York.  She has also worked at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, where she was a clinical instructor.

Sara Norman

Sara Norman

National Advisory Board Member

(Berkeley, CA) is the managing attorney of the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of youth and adults behind bars in California.  She has been with the office for fifteen years and specializes in representing prisoners with disabilities and incarcerated juveniles.

Dorsey Nunn

Dorsey Nunn

National Advisory Board Member

(Menlo Park, CA) is the Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC). He is the Co-Founder of All of Us or None. Dorsey was sentenced to life in the California Department of Corrections when he was 19 years old. He paroled in 1981 and discharged from parole in 1984.

Ruthie Wilson Gilmore

Ruthie Wilson Gilmore

National Advisory Board Member

(New York) is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Visiting Professor at Escola Maumaus in Lisbon. Her prize-winning books is Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007).

Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter

National Advisory Board Member

(Washington DC) is the State Advocacy Coordinator for the Sentencing Project.  She coordinates state level communication and legislative campaigns on criminal justice policy and state and local advocacy efforts on voting rights, reentry and racial disparity.

Dolores Canales

Dolores Canales

National Advisory Board Member

(Orange County, CA) Co-founded California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement. Dolores has a son in the Pelican Bay segregated housing unit and has organized with family members in support of the Hunger Strike.

Kenneth Hartman

Kenneth Hartman

National Advisory Board Member

(in prison, CA) Incarcerated writer and activist.  He has served more than 30 continuous years of a life without the possibility of parole sentence and is imprisoned at California State Prison Lancaster. He has been published widely and recently released his memoir Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars, (Atlas & Co. 2009).

Jane Dorotik

Jane Dorotik

National Advisory Board Member

(in prison, CA) Organizer serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Women.  Jane is a Board Member of Justice Now and active with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Jane has written extensively about the conditions of women prisoners in California.

    Bonnie Long

    Bonnie Long

    National Advisory Board Member

    (Los Angeles, CA) is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Long Beach. Bonnie is Chair of the Inmate Family Council at CIW, a member of the Statewide Family Council and the Gender Response Strategies Commission.

    INTERNS

    Marshall

    Marshall

    CURB Intern

    Marshall is a rising junior at Wesleyan University, majoring in American Studies. He organizes with Wesleyan’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has recently pivoted toward such causes as the fight against Connecticut’s severe environmental racism and the fight against indigenous environmental exploitation at Standing Rock and throughout the Northeast. Marshall is excited to help the CURB team with legislative advocacy and community education in order to diminish the prison-industrial complex.

    Interested in interning with CURB?

    Consider applying for a position in either our Oakland or Los Angeles office. We have positions available during the fall, spring, and summer. Contact info@curbprisonspending.org or (213) 864-8931 for more information.