LSPC currently has 10 staff members. Our staff members work on a variety of
projects all supported by our Executive Director.
Dorsey 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 has published an article on “Islam in Prison” in the 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, 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.
Carol 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.
Manuel La Fontaine II, Northern California Regional Organizer, All of Us or None, works to help build the voices, presence, and
participation of communities most impacted by incarceration. Manuel has extensive community organizing, event logistics, and facilitation experience, but is best known for his relationship building skills. 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 an educational degree 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.
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.
Jerry Elster, Organizer, is a formerly incarcerated man from South Central Los Angeles and a proud member of All of Us or None. He holds Associate of Arts degrees in Ministry and General Education. He is a substance abuse counselor and a co-founder of No More Tears, an anti-violence organization. He likes to say that some people go to Penn State; he went to the state pen. There, Jerry transformed himself from being a societal problem to becoming part of the solution. His trials have taught him how essential it is for incarcerated (as well as formerly incarcerated) people to speak in their own voices. A people without a voice are a people without hope. All of Us or None provides both the vehicle and the opportunity for us to be heard. His goal is for the full restoration of his human rights.
Denise Mewbourne, Administrative and Program Support, joined LSPC in April 2013. Prior to that, she spent two years as a prison justice activist doing volunteer work for All of Us or None, Occupy 4 Prisoners, and other organizations. 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. She was editor in chief of a multi-ethnic and progressive Oakland-based arts and culture magazine, and has worked as a Theater of the Oppressed facilitator throughout the Bay Area. Denise learned organizing skills from the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Currently she co-facilitates Occupy 4 Prisoner’s Human Rights Pen Pal Program, helping connect people of conscience outside with politically active people behind the walls.
Azadeh Zohrabi, Soros Justice Fellow, Azadeh has almost 10 years of experience visiting and advocating for people in California’s prisons. During this time, she has worked on a range of issues including improving the conditions of confinement for pregnant women and limiting the use of solitary confinement in both juvenile and adult institutions. Azadeh recently graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to work with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children on minimizing the use of long term solitary confinement in California. She is the author and co-author of two scholarly articles: Resistance and Repression: The Black Guerrilla Family in Context, and Creating the “Bad Mother”: How the U.S. Approach to Pregnancy in Prisons Violates the Right to be a Mother. Azadeh has been inspired by LSPC’s work long before she even thought about law school and is grateful for the opportunity to work with such experienced, dedicated and passionate advocates.