We are a multi-disciplinary team of students, lawyers, data scientists, and social scientists, including several systems-impacted leaders, that works with advisors and advocates to raise awareness of and narrow the Second Chance Gap.
Founder and Director
Colleen V. Chien is a Professor of Law, empirical researcher, and founder and director of the Paper Prisons Initiative at Santa Clara Law School. From 2013-2015 she served as White House Senior Advisor on Intellectual Property and Innovation.
Navid Shaghaghi is a lecturer and researcher in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of Computer Science & Engineering (CSEN) and Bioenginneering (BIOE) of the School of Engineering, and the department of Information Systems and Analytics (ISA) of the School of Business at Santa Clara University.
Faculty and Community Experts
Ellen Kreitzerg is a Professor of Law Santa Clara University, and renowned expert on death penalty abolition research and advocacy.
Jessica Jackson is an American human rights attorney and Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM Alliance. She is also the co-founder of #cut50, a national bipartisan effort aimed at reducing America's incarceration rate. She served as the youngest mayor of the city of Mill Valley.
Adam Osmond, an accountant and data analyst, has spent years collecting and analyzing large public data including criminal data from Connecticut spanning decades. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, as he has witnessed the lasting impact convictions have on the livelihoods of others.
Eli Edwards is a research librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law, specializing in emerging technology issues in the practice of law.
Antonio Reza is a 2L at Santa Clara University School of Law, the External VP for both La Raza and SBA at SCU, the student President of the National Justice Impacted Bar Association, and the northern California student representative for the California System Involved Bar Association. He is extremely passionate about criminal justice reform and is also formerly incarcerated.
William Sundstrom is a Professor of Economics in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. His research interests include poverty and inequality, the economic history of labor markets, education and related institutions, and the economics of race and gender.
Robert Apel is a criminologist and Professor at Rutgers University-Newark whose research focuses on the intersection of crime, the justice system, and the labor market.
Matthew Stubenberg is a researcher at Harvard Law School's Access to Justice Lab. He created the MDExpungement.com website which has generated over 100,000 petitions for expungement.
Graeme Warren is a Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems & Analytics at Santa Clara University where he teaches courses in analytics and operations management.
Maximilian graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in May 2020. After graduating from law school Max turned his focus towards service, and currently leads various projects all geared towards enriching the general welfare of all.
Dr. Siyu Liu graduated from Peking University with bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical English and in Psychology. She obtained her master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2010 and a doctoral degree of the same field in 2014 from the School of Criminal Justice from University at Albany (SUNY). She specializes in quantitative research on the topics of desistance and recidivism, juvenile delinquency, police legitimacy, and the death penalty. Her research has a comparative focus through empirical studies of China and the United States.
Soliman Hatef recently graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law where he received the Privacy Law Certificate with honors. He is passionate about all things related to data privacy and cybersecurity.
Sarah-Mae Sanchez is a second-year law student at Santa Clara University.
Karina Kaypaghian is a junior in SCU Leavey School of Business. She is majoring in Finance and minoring in Real Estate.
Obie is a former renewable energy chemical engineer, environmental remediation database administrator, vegan meat and cheese producer, and farmer interested in using data analysis to support worthwhile causes.
Ahmanda Lee is a rising 2L at Santa Clara University School of Law. Currently, she is a 1L summer law clerk for the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office. She believes both justice and human empathy can coexist despite their seemingly antagonistic nature towards one another.
Undergraduate Student: English and History
A double major in English and History with a minor in Creative Writing, Nate is passionate about criminal justice reform. Nate enjoys writing, reading, and research, and intends to attend law school after graduating from Santa Clara University in 2023.
Undergraduate Student: Political Science and Ethnic Studies
Celeste is a Junior at Santa Clara University double majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. She is incredibly passionate about finding ways to help the most vulnerable communities, and looks forward to the work to be done!
Chelsie Marie Martinez
Chelsie Martinez is an undergraduate at Santa Clara University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She is a mentor for the Santa Clara County Peer Court Program and a Pre-Law Representative for the National Justice Impact Bar Association.
Gwynneth Thomas is a second year law student at Santa Clara University and has a background in Political Science and Psychology.
Nicholas Antonio Cortes
Nicholas is a 3L at Gonzaga Law School from Las Vegas, Nevada. He received his B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a Rifleman from 2007 to 2013.
Samuel is a 2L at Duquesne University School of Law. He is passionate about working to build a fairer system of justice and ensuring that resources for reintegration are readily available to those in need.
Isabella is an entering law student at Brigham Young University, who has spent the last 12 years on both the giving and receiving end of social justice advocacy. Her experiences as a justice impacted individual has allowed her to develop her passion for law and become an advocate for individuals found on the periphery.
Technology Student Team: Gapsizing
Hithesh Sekhar is a graduate student pursuing his Masters degree in Information Systems.
Undergraduate Studen: Mathematicst
Here to make a dent in the universe through my passion for design thinking, data science, and artificial intelligence.
Undergraduate Student: Computer Science
I am an SCU student who has been broadening my exposure and building my programming skills through joining and co-founding multiple service and tech-based clubs and events that also effectively promoted social good through tech competitions.
I am a graduate student pursuing MS in Information Systems. I am interested in data analytics and using it to make an impact in the world.
Srihari Shekhar is a graduate student pursuing his Masters degree in Information Systems. He is an engineer with a passion for building software to solve real-world challenges.
Darren C. Yang
Darren Yang is a data scientist.
Technology Student Team: Website and Tools
Ekam Brar is a second year law student at Santa Clara University
Jay Kanakiya is a graduate student at Santa Clara University majoring in Computer Science and a keen interest in Distributed and Cloud Computing. Apart from this, he is also an avid cinephile.
Amy Allshouse is a student at Santa Clara University School of Law. She has an MA in Linguistics and is a Digital Marketing expert. She is passionate about criminal justice reform.