Ph.D., Economics, 2001 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD BA, Mathematical Economics, 1995 Pomona College, Claremont, CA Newton (MA) Public Schools, Graduate, 1991
I have developed a network of community mediation centers which bring mediation and other restorative processes into communities, schools, prisons, courts, families, and other institutions. In 1995 I started the Community Mediation Program in Baltimore. This center has been a model on which other Maryland centers have been developed and a model which has received national attention. In 1999, I led an organizing effort to get stable funding from the Maryland Judiciary for community mediation (still in place today) and to develop Community Mediation Maryland (CMM), which I have run for the last 13 years. Through CMM, I have developed re-entry mediation, which is a nationally recognized model, shown by independent research to reduce recidivism. Our centers bring mediation and restorative practices into schools, and I was a leader in the efforts to pass the Commission on the School to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices, on which I now sit. We have developed unique models for criminal misdemeanor mediation, which resolve underlying issues, prevent violence, and keep people from entering the criminal justice system. I have led efforts to create real voice for residents in engaging with police agencies. This work has led me to all corners of the state and I have worked with the administrations of several governors. I have passed legislation and developed agency policy that codifies several of these approaches into Maryland law and procedures. These seeds of community empowerment and justice will continue to grow and bear fruit over many years to come.