Our Team

***Bios coming soon!***


Wendy Jason, MA, Founder/Managing Director: wendy@thejusticeartscoalition, org

Clio Gates, Communications Intern: justiceartscoalitionintern@gmail.com


***We are still in the process of building our founding Board. If you believe in our work and would like to be considered for a seat, please click here to learn more.***

Julia Mascioli

Kimberly Nelson

Freddy Gutierrez

Beloved volunteers

Jayme Epstein, Volunteer Coordinator: justiceartscoalitionvolunteers@gmail.com

Absa Fall, online resource library management

Deborah Bloch, letter writing/mail support

Jordi Martinez, website support

Sherry Davis, letter writing/mail support

Olayemi Oladiji, program design support

Raina Greifer, website and fundraising support

Emma Grimes, website support

Steering Committee

The Justice Arts Coalition Steering Committee was launched at the 2015 Arts In Corrections Conference, where approximately 40 people met in two facilitated sessions to discuss the possibility of creating a national network to support the work of organizations and individuals across the field. A group of volunteers formed as the Steering Committee to investigate the needs and benefits of such an organization. Since then, the Steering Committee has surveyed the field, completed a feasibility study, and laid the groundwork for JAC, which they determined should grow out of the Prison Arts Coalition website. Over the last few years, Steering Committee members have contributed endless hours, valuable wisdom, and immense amounts of enthusiasm towards the development of JAC, and many will continue to do so as Advisors and Board members.


Alma Robinson, Executive Director of CA Lawyers for the Arts

Laurie Brooks, Executive Director of the William James Association

Kyes Stevens, Founder/Director of Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

Curt Tofteland, Founder/Director Shakespeare Behind Bars

Victoria Sammartino, Founder of Voices UnBroken

Ella Turenne, Founder of BlacWomyn Beautiful

Freddy Gutierrez, Teaching Artist at the Artistic Ensemble

Henry Frank, Intern at the William James Association

Jane Golden, Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts

Laura Pacenco, Director of Project Paint

Beth Thielen, Teaching Artist

Lesley Currier, Founder/Director of Marin Shakespeare

Mary Cohen, Founder/Director of Oakdale Community Choir

Katherine Vockins, Founder/Director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts

Kat Kambes, Director of Operations at Jail Guitar Doors

Wendy Jason, Manager of the Prison Arts Coalition website

Advisory Council

***Coming soon!***