Thanks to our hard-working Board members
Rebecca Peatow Nickels (Board Chair)
Rebecca Peatow Nickels, MSW is the Executive Director for the Portland Women’s Crisis Line where she is responsible for the overall programmatic and fiscal health of the organization. She joined PSJ’s board in April of 2012. Having graduated from Portland State University’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2002, Rebecca has made it a goal to provide sound, ethical management for organizations working to end domestic and sexual violence. She has been part of the movement to end violence against women and children since the mid 1990’s and has worked within shelters, staffed various crisis and mental health hotlines, and provided community education on issues from self-defense to affirmative action. In addition to working with the Partnership for Safety and Justice, Rebecca is a member of the Multnomah County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Stalking Committee of the Family Violence Coordinating Council, the Tri-County Domestic & Sexual Violence Network, and the Oregon Alliance to End Violence against Women. Rebecca also enjoys the ups, downs and sideways of co-parenting a toddler with her partner, and she is always on the lookout for a good book.
Paul Solomon (Executive Committee Member)
Paul Solomon is the Executive Director at Sponsors, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. Sponsors’ has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories since 1973. Paul has worked at Sponsors in a variety of capacities since he was hired in 2001 and most recently was instrumental in the development of Sponsors new 72-bed, $6 million reentry complex that opened in July of 2010. Sponsors is recognized locally and regionally as a model for prisoner reentry services.
In addition to serving as PSJ's board chair, Paul also serves as vice-chair of the (inter-governmental) Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council. He is a board member of the Safety and Justice Action Fund, the Emerald Valley Development Professionals, and serves on the National Steering Committee for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Paul has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon.
Paul is dedicated to positive systemic change in the criminal justice system. He believes strongly in promoting public safety by removing barriers to reentry and fostering access to housing, employment, and education for people with criminal histories. He is married and lives in Eugene and balances the joys and responsibilities of co-parenting four fabulous children, including an amazing son with Autism.
Kalpana Krishnamurthy (Treasurer)
Kalpana Krishnamurthy joined PSJ’s board in April of 2012. She currently is a Policy Director for Forward Together, a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. She previously worked at Western States Center from 2005 to 2013 where she most currently served as the RACE Program Director. She wrote and coordinated Oregon’s 2011 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity. As the Gender Justice Program Director, she launched the Uniting Communities program and was on the team that created the Uniting Communities Toolkit, which is being used in many grassroots organizations to address LGBTQ issues. From 2002-2005, she was the director of the Third Wave Foundation, which works nationally to support and strengthen the next generation of young women and transgender activists. Prior to Third Wave, Kalpana was an organizer working with youth in Madison as well as on issues of reproductive rights and justice. Kalpana grew up in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. Her family includes two fabulous boys, Sachin and Kavi.
Terry has been an active PSJ board member since 2006, having many years of experience working with individuals with multiple barriers to employment. Terry is currently a Supported Employment Specialist at CODA, empowering people with histories of mental health, alcohol or drug problems through meaningful employment. Terry has led people in recovery to making social changes as lead organizer for the Recovery Association Project in 2001. As Director of Central City Concern Portland Metro Worksource from 2003-2009, Terry created pathways to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in finding employment and integrating back into society. Terry is especially passionate about PSJ's Beyond Barriers program, and feels strongly that all people deserve the chance to be tax paying citizens and live their lives with grace and dignity. Terry says that the reason for her interest in the board of the Partnership for Safety and Justice is that the Beyond Barriers, Prison Program and all the other programs fit in line with her own personal and professional goals.
Before joining PSJ’s board in April of 2012, Imran interned with us in 2010 and 2011 as a Research and Policy Associate and is co-author of PSJ’s landmark publication, Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon’s Youth.” An Oregon native, he received his B.A. from Reed College in 2004. Imran went on to obtain his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2008 and is currently a Juris Doctor candidate (May 2014) at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Imran also finds time to tutor students in basic reading and writing skills through the Chicago Youth Programs. In addition to his academic achievements, Imran speaks fluent Urdu and is interested in creative writing, Jiu-Jitsu, basketball and yoga.
April has been a PSJ member since 2009. She became involved with us because of personal experience with the criminal justice system when her son was convicted of a Measure 11 offense. April has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Portland State University and volunteered for three years as a victim advocate in the Marion County District Attorney's Office. She joined our board in June of 2012.
Bronson James is a Portland native who received his bachelors degree from Reed College, and his J.D. cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School. From 2005-2010 he served as Chief Deputy Defender for the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services Appellate Division.
Dana Hepper works for the Children's Institute where she has been the Director of Policy & Program since 2013. She previously worked for nine years at Stand for Children, where her most recent position was as National Director of Policy Development. Before that, she was Stand's Advocacy Director and played a leading role in winning several key pieces of legislation to improve Oregon schools; she also was a community organizer for that group. Dana started her career as an elementary school teacher and pre-K teacher. She graduated Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Elementary Education.
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