Judge Victoria Pratt
Judge Victoria Pratt (chair) served as the chief judge in Newark Municipal Court in Newark, New Jersey. She also served as the founding judge of Newark Community Solutions, an initiative that provides alternatives to jail and fines to low-level offenders in Newark. Prior to joining the bench, she served as counsel to the City Council President in Newark. She also worked in the counsel’s office for New Jersey governors Jim McGreevey and Richard Codey and as a compliance officer for the Camden school district. Her TED talk, How Judges Can Show Respect, has been translated into 11 languages and received over one million views. Since leaving the bench, she has worked to advance justice reform in jurisdictions across the nation, and as far as Ukraine, England, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico. She has also served as a professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School.
Cecily M. Carson
Cecily M. Carson is president of the Carson Family Charitable Trust, a vice chair of the Robin Hood Foundation, as well as co-chair of the Robin Hood Foundation’s Leadership Council, a director of Uncommon Schools, and The New York City Charter School Center; a trustee of Fisher House Foundation; and a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College, the Advisory Board for Columbia School of Business’s Tamer Center and the New York Public Library’s Library Council. Previously, she has served on the boards of the Museum of Arts & Design and the Doe Fund. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye is an independent consultant focusing on urban problem solving, housing, movement building, governance design, non-profit management, narrative development and strategic planning. She previously served as director of the Office of Public/Private Partnerships for the New York City Housing Authority, where she developed and managed NYCHA’s strategic relationships with not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic investors, and private sector partners. She founded a new 501(c)(3), The Fund for Public Housing, to invest in the well-being of public housing residents and their communities. She earned a Master of Science degree in Urban and Public Policy from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is currently a PhD candidate in Urban and Public Policy at The New School, where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Eric Lee is the founder and president of Bennett Midland, a consulting firm that focuses on urban planning, community and economic development, and criminal justice. He has provided strategic advice to numerous municipal leaders, including mayors in Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, and Newark, and leading national foundations, among them Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Before founding Bennett Midland, Eric served as a senior policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and as part of the founding team of the Center for Court Innovation. He serves on the board of directors of Transit Center and the Center for an Urban Future. He is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman is of counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department. Judge Lippman served as chief judge of the State of New York and chief judge of the Court of Appeals from February 2009 through December 2015. Judge Lippman has served at all levels of the New York State Court system in a career spanning more than four decades, including service as a staff attorney, administrator, and judge. From January 1996 to May 2007, he served as the longest-tenured chief administrative judge in state history. From May 2007 to 2009, Judge Lippman served as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department. In 2008, Judge Lippman received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented each year by the nation’s chief justice. Judge Lippman presently serves as the chair of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. He is a graduate of New York University and the NYU School of Law.
Marshall L. Miller
Marshall L. Miller is of counsel in the Litigation Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Before joining the firm, Mr. Miller served as Principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. In 2015, Mr. Miller personally coordinated the successful Senate confirmation process for the attorney general of the United States. Prior to his post at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., he was the chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He also served for over a dozen years as an assistant United States attorney. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, United States district judge for the Eastern District of New York, from 1998 to 1999. He has served as an assistant professor and adjunct clinical professor at NYU Law School, where he co-founded the EDNY Federal Criminal Prosecution Clinic, and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Marlon Peterson is the host of the Decarcerated Podcast. He is also the founder of The Precedential Group, a social justice consulting firm, and a 2015 recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship. Named one of the 100 most influential and inspiring leaders in the Black community by Ebony magazine, he is also a former Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and TED Resident. His TED talk, Am I Not Human? A Call for Criminal Justice Reform, has over one million views. He spent his 20s inside of New York State prisons for his involvement in a crime as a teenager. During his incarceration, he helped launch a correspondence mentorship program with middle school students that led to the creation of H.O.L.L.A. (How Our Lives Link Altogether). Since his release from prison in 2009, he has served as director of Community Relations at The Fortune Society, associate director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center (renamed Neighbors in Action), and founding coordinator of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets. He serves as board chair of Families For Freedom and a board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. He is a graduate of New York University.
Richard Roberts is principal and managing director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC. Prior to joining Red Stone, he worked in the government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors including serving as the commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where he was responsible for the investment of more than one billion dollars into New York City’s neighborhoods and the creation of over 30,000 units of affordable housing. He is also the founding managing director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group where he devised and led a creative strategy responsible for the establishment of the firm’s community development investment platform. He is active on a number of civic, philanthropic and industry organizations and serves on the boards of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council (chair), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (executive committee), and Habitat for Humanity New York City. He holds both a B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.
Susan Shah serves as the managing director for the Racial Justice Initiative in the Grants and Mission Investing department at Trinity Church Wall Street. In this role, she oversees the philanthropic strategy, execution, and partnerships for the initiative. Susan is an experienced lawyer, public health professional, and policymaker in the areas of criminal justice, immigrant rights, and immigrant health. She was previously at the Vera Institute of Justice for over a decade and served in a number of roles, her final being the director of Programs and Strategy. In this role, she led the national organization with 200+ staff in partnering with local, state, and federal government officials to ensure that justice systems protect human dignity and strengthen communities. Prior to joining Vera, Susan ran immigrant health programs in New York City and practiced immigration law. Susan earned her BA in journalism from Drake University, an MPH from Tufts University, and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two daughters.