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Students for Criminal Justice Reform

SCJR @ NYU Wagner



Frank Stiefel, Chair

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.  He currently serves as a graduate fellow for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Marissa Y. Mack, Innovations Chair


Marissa Y. Mack is an MPA student at NYU Wagner with a concentration in Public Service. For the past four years, Marissa has served on Community Board 11 in East Harlem, where she advises and makes recommendations on the economic development and social justice concerns surrounding her neighborhood.  Although she has worked on a number of communal events, Marissa is most proud of the work she has done on policing and community relations, including assisting with the National Night Out event and moderating a forum on community policing hosted by Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer. Out of the many challenges the country faces within the criminal justice system, Marissa is particularly interested in shifting the current bail reform structure and the pecuniary barriers disenfranchised individuals face as they await trial. Marissa loves crafting, traveling and watching documentaries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University and a Certificate in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut.

Saye Joseph, Events Chair
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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​.

Jeffrey Jiménez, Finance Chair

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Jeffrey Jiménez is just completed his first year at NYU Wagner. He is a full-time PNP student, specializing in Social Innovation, Impact, and Investments. In his first year with NYU Wagner, in addition to a full course load, Jeffrey worked at NYU Wagner’s Academic Programs team as the Capstone Project assistant. Prior to NYU Wagner, Jeffrey worked with City Year New York in a variety of managerial capacities. Jeffrey is passionate about politics, criminal justice, impact investing, and chess. On any given day, you can find Jeffrey playing chess in some of Harlem’s recreation centers or at NYU’s Bobst Library conducting research on pressing social issues. He can also make any Excel spreadsheet dance. Jeffrey holds his BA in Criminal Justice and Philosophy from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Madeleine Freidson, Community Outreach Chair

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Madeleine Freidson is a second-year Wagner student pursuing a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Management with a specialization in management. Madeleine works as a grant writer for Good Shepherd Services, specializing in fundraising for the agency’s alternative to detention and workforce development programs. She is the Director of Community Outreach for the SCJR Board.

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