Crown Heights Community Mediation Center Staff

Craig Alexander
Outreach Worker, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Amy Ellenbogen
Director, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Amy has been the director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center since 2002, developing and implementing programs as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. Amy has run community and school-based programming on topics as diverse as violence prevention, adult and youth leadership development, family and community mediation, truancy prevention, intergroup relationship building, pregnancy prevention, and race and identity. Amy planned and directed the first New York State Cure Violence replication site, Save Our Streets Crown Heights, an anti-gun violence program that uses a public health approach. Currently, Amy is part of the planning team developing culturally competent trauma informed programming for young men of color and Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy. Prior to working at the Center, Amy worked in a home for young women who were previously incarcerated and were mentally ill and chemically addicted. Amy is the founder of ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), a Columbia University program designed to facilitate student dialogue around issues of identity as they relate to power and privilege. Amy received both her BA in Ethnic Studies and her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a mediator.

Larry Holland
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Allen James
S.O.S. Program Manager, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Allen James came to the Center for Court Innovation as an experienced trainer, project manager, and organizational leader. Before joining the staff at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in 2011, he was executive director of Safe Streets Strong Communities in New Orleans, organizing for police and criminal justice reform. Prior to that, he was a project director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, overseeing their reentry initiative. He has served as executive director of YouthBASE, Inc., a youth development and health education provider and as a senior manager at the Fortune Society. In 2004 and 2005, he was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.

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Kenton Kirby
Men's Empowerment Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Heather Day is the associate director of youth and community programs at the Mediation Center. Heather oversees Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) and supports additional programs and outreach initiatives at the Center. Previously, Heather worked for Citizen Schools New York both as a teaching fellow in the classroom and in volunteer recruitment and curriculum development at the regional office. Heather earned a BA in American Studies from Connecticut College and a Master’s of Social Work with a Human Service Leadership concentration from Fordham University. Heather believes that young people have powerful voices and unique insight to share with the world, and loves seeing youth in the spotlight.

Derick Scott
Outreach Worker, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Basaime Spate
Violence Interrupter,Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Rudolph Suggs
Violence Interrupter, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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Marlies Talay
Operations Manager and Neighbor Services Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Marlies Talay joined the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in September 2013, where she manages the Center’s fiscal and administrative needs, coordinates community events and outreach, and oversees neighborhood services. Previously, she spent two years working in youth development with City Year New York, and is a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Marlies graduated from Pomona College in 2010, where she studied politics and racial justice.

Lavon Walker
Hospital Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Jazzi Zzaman
Planner, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

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