Board of Directors
Robert “Meek Mill” Williams is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, entrepreneur and criminal justice reform advocate that hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Michael Rubin, serial Internet entrepreneur, philanthropist and social justice advocate, has built several successful multibillion-dollar e-commerce companies.
Chief Executive Officer
Robert Rooks is one of the premier criminal justice campaign operatives in the country. His work in the political and legislative arena over the past two decades has achieved landmark wins in criminal justice reform.
Clara Wu Tsai
Clara Wu Tsai is a businesswoman and investor with a lifelong interest in improving economic mobility. She is an active supporter of community-oriented research projects, advocacy, and films promoting equal opportunity and related issues, including education and criminal justice reform. Through her family foundation,
Laura Arnold is the co‐founder and co‐chair of Arnold Ventures, a national philanthropy focused on maximizing opportunity and minimizing injustice through public policy change.
Michael Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Novogratz spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected Partner in 1998.
Robert Kraft is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, based in Foxborough, Mass. The Kraft Group is the holding company of the Kraft family’s many businesses, including the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Uprising, Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, International Forest Products, Rand-Whitney Group, Rand-Whitney Containerboard and a portfolio of more than 100 private equity investments.
Social justice advocate and entrepreneur Robert F. Smith is the founding director and President of the charitable nonprofit Fund II Foundation and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equities Partners. He stepped up as a Reform Alliance Founding Partner because Smith is committed to equity and the reform of a biased criminal justice system
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
Since 1996, 21-time GRAMMY award-winner, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter has been a dominant force in popular culture. Among his vast entrepreneurial achievements, Mr. Carter has used the platform he has been afforded to speak on various issues, including criminal justice.
Co-Chair, REFORM Action Fund
Van Jones was the founding CEO of REFORM Alliance, a CNN host & political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author.
Executive Leadership Team
Chief of Staff
Carmen Perez is an award-winning, internationally-known civil and human rights leader and Chicana feminist.
General Counsel and Special Projects
Emme Thompson is the General Counsel and an advisor on Special Projects for REFORM. She began as one of the very first employees at REFORM, serving as Chief of Staff to the founding CEO Van Jones. Before joining REFORM, Emme served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Lendlease Americas, a globally integrated real estate and investment group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong, connected communities.
Chief Advocacy Officer
Jessica Jackson’s quest for justice began in a Georgia courtroom. The high-school dropout held her two-month-old daughter and watched helplessly as her husband was sentenced to six years in prison. In that moment, she decided to turn her shock into a crusade to change the justice system. As a single mother, she graduated college and law school. Today she is leading the bipartisan movement to end excessive incarceration.
Chief Financial Officer
Karen Caldwell is the CFO of the Reform Alliance where she manages financial and administrative matters of the organization including financial and management reporting, accounting, procurement, payroll, treasury, investments, facilities management, IT, human resources, tax, risk management, compliance, financial planning, and analysis.
Sr. Director, Membership & Partnerships
Louis L. Reed
Louis L. Reed is the Sr. Director of Membership and Partnerships for the REFORM Alliance. He brings to the REFORM Alliance years of experience in government, criminal justice expertise, policy advocacy, public health, and personal impact, serving nearly 14 years in federal prison and several years on supervision.
President, Chief Growth Officer
Robert Pilon, Jr.
Bob Pilon is the President and Chief Growth Officer at REFORM Alliance. In his role, Bob is responsible for strategic growth initiatives that aim to scale the organization, helping to create greater public demand for criminal justice reform and spurring Americans to be a part of the solution. He also drives development of the board of directors and leads a team to mobilize partnerships and financial resources for REFORM.
Adia Smith-Parker – Senior Director, Development
Amir Junaid Muhadith – Fellow, Advocacy
Andrew Dowd – Administrative Coordinator
Britton Smith – Senior Organizing Strategist
Christina Bella – Social Media Manager
Courtney Ball – Director of People + Culture
Cristin Klein – Senior Director, Communications
Devin Mehaffey – State Campaign Organizer, Iowa
Drew Schwendiman – Social Media Strategist
Erica “EJ” Jackson – Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Emily Mooney – Policy Manager
Erin Haney – Policy Director
Jane Kennedy – Executive Assistant to the Chief Advocacy Officer
Jared Volz – Legislative Communications Director
Jasmine Wadsworth – Chief of Staff, Advocacy
Julieann Buzzanca – Finance Manager
Kathryn “Katie” Spillman – Special Assistant to the Chief Content + Communications Officer
Katie Bohnett – State Campaign Organizer, Florida
Tia Hill – Executive Assistant to the CEO
Malina Mukuma – Policy Associate
Maricruz Meza – Graphic Designer
Meagan Bond – Senior Director, Creative Campaigns
Molly Shriver – Executive Assistant to the President, Chief Growth Officer
Simone Price – State Campaign Organizer, Georgia
Yesenia Valdez – Development Officer