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Carmen Perez, President & Chief Executive officer

Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today's important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the President/Chief Executive Officer of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. (READ MORE)


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DANNESE MAPANDA, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

As the Chief Operating Officer at The Gathering for Justice, Dannese Mapanda is committed to promoting justice in her life and work. Joining the Gathering in 2019, she has an extensive background in nonprofit program management, philanthropic strategy, grant and financial administration and partnership development throughout the US and the Global South. As a proven leader, Dannese previously served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Executives’ Alliance for BMOC. The Executives’ Alliance helped raise $1.6 million over one year for the National Youth Alliance for BMOC, and also launched the “Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge”, securing participation from 42 foundations eliminating employment barriers for people with arrest and conviction records. (READ MORE)


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Julianne HoffenbErg, Director of Operations

After attending NYU, Julianne began her producing career at Naked Angels, a NY theater company where she produced over 30 plays and events and served as the company's Producing Director from 1997-1999.

In 1997, when her best friend and producing partner Jenifer Estess was diagnosed with ALS - a fatal, untreatable neurological disease (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) - Julianne co-founded Project A.L.S., a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for ALS research.   (READ MORE)


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Jasmine dellafosse, Senior Regional organizer

Jasmine Dellafosse is from Stockton California where she began her organizing career in South Stockton. In 2013 she began interning for Council Member Michael Tubbs who was the youngest ever elected official in the City  and in the county. In 2014 she was the youngest ever field organizer at the age 19 working for Congress Member Jerry McNerney where she organized over a 100+ volunteers to canvass and phone bank for off year election where they won the race with 60% of the vote.  She later become one of the founding member of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition in early 2014 , an organization that aims to empower its residents to transform community through improving safety, education, housing, job creation, and health.” (READ MORE)

 

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KRISTINE ARROYO, REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Kristine Arroyo has been in the Justice League NYC orbit since she participated as a youth leader in our first major convening, "Growing Up Locked Down" at The New School in 2014. Growing up in New York City, Kris lost a childhood friend to gun violence and made a commitment at a very young age to do something about it, becoming a leader in her high school's reACTION program.  At 17, Kris was already making impact across the state, speaking in the State Capitol against the NRA, and was recognized for her passionate advocacy for gun violence victims, receiving honors from then Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. (READ MORE)

 

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LUIS HERNANDEZ, YOUTH LEADERSHIP + ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Luis Hernandez emerged as a young leader fighting for his brother and continued as a champion for justice reform and gun violence prevention. He joined Justice League NYC in the summer of 2017 when he was just 15 years old. We met Luis while working on a rapid response campaign to free his brother Pedro Hernandez from Rikers, where he had been wrongfully incarcerated for more than a year.  Immediately Luis was impressive - even in such a wrought environment, sitting in a room with dozens of seasoned organizers, activists and elected officials, Luis expressed his pain, while understanding the systemic injustice that surrounded his brother's situation. (READ MORE)