Staff

Here is a list of current staff at Partnership for Safety and Justice. If you need to contact any of us via email, please use our webforms. We do not post complete email addresses because it leads to torrents of spam (we have tested and proven this theory). For the most part, you can reach a staff person by sending a message to their firstname (at using the @ symbol) safetyandjustice (dot) org. If you're not sure who you want to email, you can use our general Contact Us form and we'll direct your email appropriately.

Jennifer Williamson, Interim Deputy Director, Ext. 205

State Representative Jennifer Williamson will serve as our interim executive director until a permanent executive director comes on board. Jennifer represents Oregon’s 36th District (Portland’s west side--Downtown, Northwest, and Southwest Portland) and has been a staunch supporter of smart, safe and sensible criminal justice reform and a champion for victim services. Jennifer is a fourth generation Oregonian, born and raised on a small, family-run farm in Washington County.

Jennifer serves on the House Judiciary Committee of the Joint Ways and Means Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety.

Shannon WightDeputy Director, Ext. 210

Raised in Portland, Shannon spent two years working for the Metropolitan Public Defenders before moving to New Orleans in 1994. She spent almost fourteen years there working for criminal justice reform primarily in the area of juvenile justice. Initially hired as an investigator/mitigation specialist working on death penalty cases, she later co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. Before moving back to Portland, she spent two years as the Policy Director for Innocence Project New Orleans. She joined PSJ in March 2008.

Kerry Naughton, Crime Survivors Program Director, Ext. 203

Kerry joined PSJ in September 2008, after spending ten years working on national and international victim assistance projects in Washington, DC. The focus of Kerry's projects included: teen victimization; sexual assault; dating violence; human trafficking; prison sexual violence; faith-based victim services; rural victim services; public education; and victims' rights in the United States and in the International Criminal Court. Oregon has a vibrant victim assistance field, and Kerry is thrilled to be a part of it through PSJ.

Cassandra Villanueva, Director of Organizing and Advocacy, Ext. 208

Cassandra re-joined our staff in early 2012 after serving previous roles within PSJ over the last decade. Her in-depth experience as former staff, board member and youth coalition partner exemplifies her long-standing commitment and dedication to the mission and values of PSJ. Prior to re-joining PSJ, Cassandra worked for Service Employees International Union, National Council of La Raza, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Mano a Mano Family Center, CAUSA Immigrant Rights Coalition, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Voz Hispana and the Oregon State Legislature.

Lindy Walsh, Administrative Director, Ext. 202

Lindy has almost thirty years of experience in nonprofit finance and administration. She has worked for queer rights, environmental causes, consumer issues and against domestic and sexual violence.  Her role in the organization is to provide the board and staff with accurate financial information, ensure that we comply with all applicable laws governing non-profit organizations, coordinate the organization's long-term planning, and manage the operation of our office.

Denise Welch, Communication and Development Associate, Ext. 201

Denise joined Partnership for Safety and Justice in January 2007, after three years as a member. She brings with her more than thirty years of administrative experience and a passionate commitment to criminal justice reform. Denise's work experience includes many years of government and public service. As a person with personal experience with the criminal justice system, Denise brings a unique combination of professional and personal experiences which make her a valuable contributor to PSJ.

Jill Winsor, Intern, Ext. 209 

Jill Winsor is a graduate student at Portland State University working on her Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Work. Jill has a background in healthcare for the homeless and has also spent time working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, with a particular emphasis on the experience of violence with in LGBTQ communities. Jill hopes to find a place in the world of policy advocacy, working with others to create the conditions that shape healthy and safe communities, communities that are better able to protect, support, and enrich the lives of their members. Jill believes that this will only be possible with criminal justice reform.