Executive Leadership

Sam Lewis

Executive Director

Scott Budnick


Bikila Ochoa

Deputy Director

Christine Collins

Assistant Deputy Director


Nicholas Reiner

Director of Communications

Member Services

Blair James

Director of Programs

Norma Cumpian

Manager of Women and Non-Binary Services

Zeara Alvarez-Verdugo

Member Services Program Manager

Carlos Cervantes

Ride Home Program Manager

Chloe Cheney-Rice

Mental Health Therapist

Harvey Knight

Senior Life Coach

Melissa Shumsky

Member Engagement Manager

Jarret Keith

Life Coach

Roberto Luca

Pre-Apprentice Life Coach

Tommy Morris

Disney Fellow


Patrick Sirois

Director of Development

Rachel Chung

Associate Director of Development

Justin Cavin

Development Coordinator


Laura Minzenberg

Director of Finance

Gladis Pantoja

Operations Manager


John McClelland

Director of Housing

Michelle Garcia

Program Coordinator - Ventura Training Center (VTC)

Kabir Cardenas

Job Developer - VTC

Chris Wachniuk

Life Coach - VTC

Jon Cesario

Life Coach - VTC

Jose Perez

Life Coach - VTC

Steven Groves

Life Coach - VTC

Mark Torres

Life Coach - VTC

Bromont Housing

Lili Herrera

Program Coordinator

Joel Aguilar

Resident Advisor

Memo Romero

Part-Time Resident Advisor

Dion Thompson

Life Coach

Michael Hawk

Life Coach

Magnolia Housing

Donnie McCleary

Program Coordinator

Darlene Taque

Life Coach

William Lopez

Life Coach/ Driver

Inside Programs

Jacob Brevard

Associate Director of Inside Programs

Cesar Zuniga

Lead Hope and Redemption Team

David Garnica

Lead Hope and Redemption Team

Robert Chavez

Inside Coordinator

Joseph Osorio

Hope and Redemption Team

David Amaya

Hope and Redemption Team

J’Mel Carter

Hope and Redemption Team

Eugene Ballance

Hope and Redemption Team

Matthew Conant

Hope and Redemption Team

Mark Taylor

Hope and Redemption Team

Policy Advocacy

Kent Mendoza

Policy Manager

Miguel Garcia

Policy Coordinator

Celina Chapin

Policy Associate

Josh Pynoos

Policy Associate


Josef Gray

Sacramento Director

Ellen Goldwasser


Aldo Romero

Life Coach

Kenneth Duncan

Yolo Life Coach

Board of Directors

Charity Chandler


Director of Contracts Administration, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Jerome Dixon


Project Manager, Raw Development Construction

Adam Gunther



Esché L. Jackson


Public Policy Advocate

Scott Budnick


Founder and President, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Carol Biondi

Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Children & Families

Paul Blavin

Philanthropist and Investor

Brent Bolthouse

Bolthouse Productions/The Bungalow

Elizabeth Calvin

Senior Advocate, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Matthew Cate

Executive Director, California State Association of Counties

Robert Downey Jr.

Actor & Activist

Dede Gardner

President, Plan B Entertainment

Michael Goldstein

Attorney, Goldstein Law Group; Past President, Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Bar Association

Ron Kaye

Attorney, Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, LLP

David Muhammad

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

Jason Post

Founder and President, Post Investment Group

Mike Romano

Director, Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project

Todd Rubenstein

Lawyer, Morris Yorn

Javier Stauring

Director, Healing Justice Coalition

Tim Storey

Speaker, Author, Life Coach

Advisory Board

James Anderson

Hacedor, The Yerba Mate Co.

Aaron Bergman

Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Communities in Schools Los Angeles

Kafi Blumenfield

Executive Director, Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Mike Brady

President/CEO, Professional Training Institute, Inc.

Rep. Tony Cardenas

United States Congressman for California’s 29th District


Recording Artist

Zach Galifianakis

Actor & Comedian

Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor & Activist

Hon. Eric Harmon

Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Hill Harper

Actor, Author & Philanthropist

Jonah Hill

Actor & Comedian

B. Wayne Hughes Jr.

Founder, Serving California

Nasir “Nas” Jones

Recording Artist

Bruce Karatz

Owner, BK Capital LLC

Eric Kessler

Arabella Advisors

Ben Lear


Greg Propper

Co-Founder, Propper Daley

Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D.

United States Congressman for California’s 36th District

Mike Tollin

Film & Television Producer

Anthony Williams

Director of Government Relations