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

Executive Director

Amber Rose Howard is a public speaker and organizer from Pomona, California. Experiencing a felony conviction as a young adult propelled Amber-Rose into a lifetime commitment of organizing against the Prison Industrial Complex and building up the power of Black people and all others impacted by state violence. Amber-Rose holds a BA in Communication Studies concentrated in Public Argumentation & Rhetoric from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California, Women’s Policy Institute fellowship program and a proud member of All of Us Or None and a current Fellow at Just Leadership USA, Leading with Conviction Fellowship.

    Brian Kaneda

    Brian Kaneda

    Los Angeles Coordinator

    Brian is an original chapter member of California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) Los Angeles. He has spent the past seven years monitoring, challenging and exposing the abusive conditions inside women’s prisons and advocating for the rights of incarcerated people. A tireless fundraiser for prison abolition, Brian’s development work has been widely recognized. He is a trained publicist and served as a buyer for and creative manager of an internationally recognized fashion business for nearly two decades. Brian became CURB staff in January of 2019 and was selected to join the 2019-2020 SVP Systems Change Accelerator cohort of L.A. leaders. He represents CURB on the Executive Team of the JusticeLA coalition.

    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.

    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.