Jasmine Ross, Civic Engagement Field Canvasser Assistant
Start Date: 2018
Jasmine is originally from Haiti, she was adopted and came to Denver as a child. She graduated from the Denver School of the Arts and learned about CCJRC while at Metro State. In 2017 she was a part-time field canvasser during the 2017 Aurora City Council elections.
Terri Hurst, Policy Coordinator
Start Date: 2014
Terri Hurst, MSW has over 15 years of experience in behavioral health, public health and drug policy reform. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Terri joined the CCJRC team in 2014 and manages our Take Care Health Matters campaign. Her previous work has included improving access to health care services, in particular substance use disorder and mental health treatment. She has also provided direct services to injection drug users and justice involved people. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Harm Reduction Action Center, Denver's largest syringe access program, and has been a board member since 2008. In her ideal world, all drugs would be decriminalized, drug use would be treated as a public health issue, not a criminal one and anyone who wanted behavioral health treatment would be able to access it on demand.
Juston Cooper, Deputy Director
Start Date: 2014
Juston L. Cooper, M.P.A. is a native of Denver Colorado and is CCJRC's Deputy Director. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing from Metropolitan State University. He has a proven record of success with state and local elected officials in political engagement strategy, policy planning and development, organizational development, budgeting, collaboration and coalition building, facilitation, strategic planning and management. He has been instrumental to the public sector in addressing criminal justice reform and has an extended career with non-profit agencies committed to systems integration, juvenile justice and youth intervention initiatives. He's committed to bring together state and city departments and partner agency leadership to align programs, services and investments to best serve Colorado's underserved communities. Specifically, he focuses on promoting leadership, education and advocacy for justice.
Alex Landau, Community Outreach Coordinator
Start Date: 2017
Alex is a father, a community member, a human rights advocate and African-American. He was adopted when he was an infant by a white family and raised primarily in white communities and educated in white schools. In 2009, Alex survived an extreme case of race-based brutality at the hands of Denver police officers. This became the catalyst for the movement he is now engaged in. Alex does this work through a lens of passion and intersectionality. He believes that acknowledging the impact of intersectional oppression (race,gender, age etc.) is critical to understanding how others who are different from us experience injustice. Passion is important to authenticity and endurance. Alex finds himself speaking to a variety of listeners ranging from elementary school and university students to scholars across the country. He won an Emmy award for an animated short he put together with StoryCorps animation team about his experience with police violence. (Traffic Stop was the name of the film). Alex often finds himself on the front lines with community navigating the grassroots and political sector. He also collaborates with people and groups around the country and abroad who engage in similar work. He believes that collectively we are using our personal narratives to build networks, exchange, learn, and grow from past and present experiences. Alex has pioneered several efforts in the Denver metropolitan area including a unprecedented recall effort of the current district attorney as well as going into jails in the Denver area and registering people to vote who are eligible. He looks forward to helping CCJRC move forward in our mission.
Christie Donner, Executive Director
Start Date: 1999
Christie Donner is CCJRC's Executive Director and founder. She has over fifteen years of experience working in criminal justice reform advocacy, community organizing, policy research, and lobbying. Christie co-authored Parenting from Prison: A Resource Guide for Incarcerated Parents in Colorado. She is also the co-author of CCJRC's publication Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-Entry Guide for Colorado. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Pam Clifton, Communications Coordinator
Pam Clifton is CCJRC's Communications Coordinator. She studied psychology and sociology at the University of Colorado and University of Washington. Pam joined the staff at CCJRC because of her desire to see drug laws changed, parole laws reformed, and the warehousing of people in Colorado stopped. She has spent the last eleven years working as a supervisor for a local fundraising organization that raised money for many non-profit and political organizations around the country. She served seven years in prison in Colorado for a minor drug conviction and successfully completed parole in 2005.