Staff

LSPC currently has 10 staff members. Our staff members work on a variety of
projects all supported by our Executive Director.

Dorsey Nunn_close-up with plantDorsey Nunn, Executive Director, has over thirty-five years experience working on prison related issues. He is the Co-Founder of All of Us or None, a project of LSPC started by formerly incarcerated people in 2003. He has been in the forefront of many social justice organizations from their beginnings, including Critical Resistance and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Dorsey has received numerous awards including the “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” by Nancy Pelosi and the “Senate Certificate of Recognition by Senator Jackie Speier. He is also a recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the African-American studies department at UC Berkeley. Dorsey was sentenced to life in the California Department of Corrections when he was 19 years old. He paroled in 1981 and discharged from parole in 1984.

Anna Couey, Development Director, joined the LSPC family in 2009. Anna is responsible for coordinating LSPC’s fundraising, as well as organizing staff and board members in fundraising projects. Anna comes to LSPC with a long history of working to strengthen community power and voice through collaborative art projects, community networking, and participatory research to advance social justice campaigns. As a former Information Activist for the DataCenter she worked on research projects for LSPC/All of Us or None in the formative years. She became actively involved in fundraising as a way to build resources and power in social justice organizations. Anna is also an artist whose work integrates community participation, communications technology and social justice.

Hamdiya Cooks, Administrative Director, has over 25 years of experience working on  issues facing women in prison. Having served 20 years in the federal prison system, while incarcerated, Hamdiya led Muslim women prisoners in the struggle to honor their religious practices, including headgear and fasting. She was also a key organizer for Black Culture Workshops at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA for over 15 years. At LSPC, Hamdiya is responsible for day to day administrative duties. She is the former director of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Hamdiya holds a B.A, degree from Columbia College. She published an article entitled “Islam in Prison” in Prison Legal News and an essay profiling the lives of three women in prison in the book Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison.

Jesse Stout, Policy Director, jesseoutdoorsmall joined LSPC in May of 2013, and is passionate about reducing the harms of incarceration. Jesse is a criminal defense attorney and longtime criminal justice activist. He also enjoys concerts, Scrabble, and science fiction. Jesse first entered community organizing through the drug policy reform movement, and is a former board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He is a graduate of Brown University and UC Hastings College of the Law. During law school, he was an intern with the California Assembly Public Safety Committee, analyzing legislation and making vote recommendations to the chairman, Assm. Tom Ammiano. Before attending law school, Jesse served as the executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition. In this role, he organized the medical marijuana patient community and helped draft legislation; the RI Medical Marijuana Act ultimately overcame three gubernatorial vetoes, protecting thousands from arrest.

CarolStrickmanCarol Strickman, Staff Attorney, serves on our Family Unity Project, which monitors mother-infant prisons, opposes shackling of pregnant prisoners, and advocates for expanded prison visits for incarcerated parents, among other issues. She tracks pending legislation with the Policy Committee, drafts and updates our legal manuals, and works with interns and staff to reply to requests from prisoners and their families. In 2011, she helped lead LSPC’s response to the historic prison hunger strike; she continues to work to oppose solitary confinement through her role on the litigation team with the Center for Constitutional Rights in a recently filed class action suit, Ruiz v. Brown. Before coming to LSPC, Carol worked as a criminal appeals attorney for indigent clients. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1977.

Brittany_headshotBrittany Stonesifer, Staff Attorney, joined the LSPC staff in March 2014. Before starting her current position, Brittany worked with LSPC as a law student intern and later as a post-graduate legal fellow. Originally from Hawaii, Brittany is a graduate of Evergreen State College and UC Hastings College of the Law, where she specialized in civil rights and international human rights law. She coordinates the Family Unity Project’s “Lifelines” family law classes as well as LSPC’s student internship program, and helps track criminal justice legislation with the LSPC policy committee. In addition to her passion for social justice work, Brittany loves cooking/ baking/ eating and doing hip hop dance.

Manuel_June 2014Manuel La Fontaine, Organizer (All of Us or None) helps build the voices, visibility, and leadership of people and communities most impacted by incarceration. Manuel has extensive community organizing, relationship building, and facilitation experience. As a former captive and survivor of California’s Dept. of Corrections, better known as the Punishment System by its survivors, he strives to help transform the narrative on how current and formerly-incarcerated people are framed by dominant society to one that promotes a culture of healing through restorative & transformative practices. Prior to joining All of Us or None in 2008, Manuel was the outreach coordinator for Project Rebound, a unique program helping formerly-incarcerated people obtain educational objectives at San Francisco State University. Manuel lives with his beautiful family in the Bay Area. His passion includes his family, culinary, travel, and standing up for truth, equality, and transformative justice.

Harriette DavisHarriette Davis, Organizer, is an All of Us or None co-founder, LSPC Board Member, and health educator. She will be working with us temporarily as an All of Us or None community organizer. Formerly incarcerated herself, she has 30 years of experience doing advocacy for incarcerated people, starting with domestic violence issues. She is also a mother of 3, grandmother of 9, and a registered nurse. Harriette wants to be part of bringing solutions to an impacted population many don’t understand or sympathize with, and going beyond mere maintenance to wholeness and health. The key word for her in organizing work is “people.”

AlexandraAlexandra Berliner, Organizer (All of Us or None), joined LSPC in July of 2014. Before coming to LSPC, Alexandra worked as a community developer and outreach worker for Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning & Kids (CHALK) for 2 years. She was in a program there for youth who had been previously incarcerated or involved in the system, in which she facilitated life skills workshops, lobbied at local government and publicly spoke at community events. Alex has been impacted by the system since her teens, driving her to fight for justice inside and outside of the courtroom. Her partner’s incarceration has really inspired her to take further action in the movement. She has been passionate about social justice issues since she was a child and now as young woman in her early 20′s she is continuing the fight for justice as an organizer with All of Us or None.

Aaliyah Muhammad, Organizer, has been at LSPC since  2005. She worked as the Intern Coordinator/ Community Liaison position until 2007 when she helped organize the Sacramento Chapter of All of Us or None. Aaliyah and many family members have been affected by the Prison Industrial Complex. She feels taking on the PIC is a David and Goliath battle, but the small victories are well worth the fight. Aaliyah travels around the Sacramento area to educate the public about the discrimination former prisoners face coming home from prison. She is currently enrolled in Paralegal Studies at University of Northern California Law School, Sacramento.

DeniseDenise Mewbourne, Administrative and Program Support, joined LSPC in April 2013. She is the assistant to the Executive Director, and also handles LSPC communications, including print and electronic newsletters and website maintenance. She combines skills as an organizer, artist, editor, and writer with a lifelong commitment to racial justice, and is honored to be a part of that ongoing struggle as a staff member of LSPC. Denise learned organizing skills from the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Currently she is involved with the Prisoner Hunger Striker Support coalition’s Human Rights Pen Pal program, helping connect people of conscience outside with politically active people behind the walls.

Gina at deskGina Walters, Receptionist, began working at LSPC in September 2013 and became permanent family of LSPC in February 2014. Gina responds to phone and letter inquiries and also helps with overall staff support.  She completed the Legal Administration certificate program from the California Bar Association, and has over 11 years’ experience assisting in the preparation of cases, as well as advocacy work for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated immigrants. Gina is honored to work with such amazing people making real things happen for the Rights of Humanity. She thought she knew everything about the CRCR but was shocked by the hidden truth THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD.  She aspires to make her mark on the Women’s Rights Movement and leave a legacy of Equality for all Women. LSPC has changed Her, NOW it’s time for GINA to CHANGE THE WORLD one PERSON at a time!