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Students for Criminal Justice Reform

SCJR @ NYU Wagner



Sheba Rivera
Sheba Rivera - Chair
Sheba Rivera is a formerly incarcerated MPA student at NYU Wagner studying Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. She is active in promoting policies and organizations which increase access to education, dissolve stigma, and eliminate exclusionary practices for re-entering individuals. Sheba has multi-sector experience in the fields of finance, real estate and communications. Her passion is realizing the advantages that come from cross-sector partnerships and coalitions. Sheba spent the summer of 2016 driving diversity in nonprofit board leadership as a Consulting Fellow at Cause Strategy Partners. Sheba tweets @shebasocial.

Saye Joseph
Events Chair
Saye Joseph - Events Chair

Saye (pronounced Sah-Yay!) graduate​d​ from the City College of New York with a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies. She is passionate about criminal justice transformation, ​especially ​in regards to the disproportionate affect the punishment system has on women of color.​ At NYU Wagner, Saye is pursuing a M​.​P​.​A​.​​ with a specialization ​in Policy Analysis. ​Her career aspiration is to work with a research based organization that partners with government officials, and community organizations to help improve the systems and framework that individuals utilize for social justice. Also, she hopes to attain a PhD in Sociology so that she can move beyond just describing and analyzing the disparities, but also engage in the ideological debates that can change the narrative of people of color in this country. Saye’s hobbies include volleyball​, outdoor activities( swimming,hiking, camping, etc.),​ and reading​.

Nadia Chait
Communications Chair
Nadia Chait - Communications Chair

Nadia Chait is the Communications Chair of SCJR and an MPA-Health student at NYU Wagner. She previously worked as the Communications Director for NYC Council Member Rory Lancman, who chairs the Committee on Courts and Legal Services. In this role, Nadia advocated for reforms in the city’s summons court and bail process, and helped to organize hearings on speedy trial, human trafficking intervention courts, court record advocacy and interactions between immigration and criminal justice. Nadia received her undergraduate degree from NYU in History with a Public Health Policy minor.

Frank Stiefel
Director of Operations
Frank Stiefel
Frank Stiefel was born in Camden, New Jersey and raised throughout South Jersey. Frank attended Elon University in North Carolina where he double majored in African/African-American Studies and Political Science. After graduation, Frank was hired to work for President Obama’s reelection in 2012 as a field organizer in North Philadelphia where he helped to organize and maintain a strong voter outreach and Get Out The Vote operation to achieve record-breaking turnout. In the spring of 2012 he was hired as a community organizer with Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP). While at CCOP Frank coordinated a campaign with formerly incarcerated leaders and clergy in Camden to “Ban the Box” in New Jersey, developed Welcome Centers (a pilot program that connected the formerly incarcerated to Medicaid enrollment) and launched a campaign to push for the creation of Community Benefit Agreements with the companies moving into Camden and receiving millions of dollars’ worth of tax incentives. Before starting at Wagner, Frank worked as a field organizer with New Jersey Communities United where he trained and coordinated a campaign led by parents and community members in Camden to regain local control of their public school system.

Sophia Temis
Community Outreach Chair

Thurston Powers
Director of Innovations

Emma Spalti
First Year Representative, Communications

Emma Spalti is originally from rural Western New York, but lived and worked in Albany since 2010. Emma graduated from SUNY Albany in 2013, and began working for the New York State Senate. Most recently, Emma was an Associate Analyst for the Senate Democratic Conference Finance Committee, focusing on higher education and labor issues. In that time, Emma witnessed first-hand the arbitrary passage of harmful criminal justice bills in the Senate, and saw the lack of support for common sense reforms. Emma is currently working on her MPA at Wagner in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. She is interested in issues relating to social mobility, and is also the first year representative for the Education Policy Network. Emma lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Watson. She enjoys reading, coffee, and history.

Arman Hirose-Afshari
First Year Representative, Community Outreach

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