The Alliance for CHANGE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Alliance for CHANGE introduces its revamped Board of Directors:
Dr. Kimberly Richman
Dr. Kimberly Richman is the President of the Board of Directors, co-founder of the nonprofit Alliance for CHANGE, and Full Professor of Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice Studies at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches Criminology, Sociology of Law, Deviance and Social Control, and Senior Capstone Seminar in Reentry. She received her B.A. in psychology and political science at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of two books with NYU Press. She volunteered in San Quentin State Prison for 13 years and served as the President of the Western Society of Criminology.
Cristina “Nina” Sinclaire
Cristina “Nina” Sinclaire is currently living in Washington D.C. and works for the New Organizing Institute. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Voting Information Project working to help people navigate the voting process and standardize election information. Previously, she has managed electoral campaigns and worked for various political consultants, elected officials and nonprofits all across the country. Nina lived in South Africa in 2008 assisting a micro-finance institution before joining former President Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change in Ohio. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. In addition to acting as a board member for the Alliance for CHANGE, she has done extensive volunteer work on issues including incarceration, women’s rights, marriage equality, homelessness, the environment and politics.
Richard McCline, Ph.D.
Dr. Richard L. McCline is a Senior Public Service Associate with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Dr. McCline has extensive experience as a businessman, scholar, teacher and consultant, nationally and internationally, specializing in values based socially responsible leadership and community based organizational leadership strategy. McCline has facilitated training for numerous non-profits such as United Way, Goodwill, The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a wide variety of state, local and federal offices and many, many community based organizations.
Dr. McCline is also an accomplished author and presenter, with a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and respected publications in the fields of Entrepreneurship/Small Business, Leadership and Management, and Strategy. Dr. McCline is widely recognized for his work with leadership in the entrepreneurship context. Most recently, Dr. McCline co-authored an invited chapter in an edited volume from the Brookings Institute that focused on the role of the servant leadership style in promoting recovery from environmental trauma. In a follow up article, McCline documented the dearth of progress made by small businesses led by underserved segments of the community, in spite of the significant injections of public and private capital that follow catastrophic natural disasters. McCline’s most recent publication (forthcoming in a peer reviewed leadership journal) is a co-authored entry that explores how values based leadership might be highly effective in the turbulence rich environment of journalism.
Dr. McCline has over two decades of teaching including undergraduate, graduate, and executive level subjects around Innovation, Customer Service, Values & Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. As reflected in his more extensive biography, McCline has taught a wide variety of audiences from Armenia. to San Francisco to Colombia (South America) to New Orleans, to Cape Town, to Athens (Georgia) and his home town of Chicago.
Dr. McCline earned his Ph.D. from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. His BS undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dr. McCline served as the first and only endowed Chair and Founder and Executive Director of the Southern University Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Development. In that role, he created a concentration in Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and led his newly constituted student teams to competitive placements in several business plan competitions including first place in one of Rice’s highly regarded competition tracks. His teams were consistently among the finalists in the several HBCU annual business plan competitions during his tenure at Southern.
Currently, McCline is focusing his experience on developing a leadership program to help unleash the latent entrepreneurial talent in ex-offenders as an innovative complement to the singular focus on employee training for those individuals seeking to successfully reenter society. He is also leading curriculum development for a new leadership program designed to focus on renewing and reenergizing leadership work for proven leaders who are approaching the “third half” of their leadership career.
Dr. Niaz Kasravi
Dr. Niaz Kasravi is a national expert and advocate in criminal justice, social justice, and racial justice. She is Founder and Director of Avalan Institute for Applied Research – a research, advocacy & training institute.
She is the former Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. At the NAACP, Dr. Kasravi led several successful initiatives, including campaigns to: abolish the death penalty in Maryland; enact stronger anti-racial profiling legislation in New York City; and free a man wrongfully sentenced to life in Georgia.
Her career includes serving as Deputy Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Lead Researcher & Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA, Director of Community Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans, and Policy Associate for Stop Prison Rape. She is also the author of a report on racial profiling for the NAACP (2014), and the co-author of another report on the same issue for Amnesty International (2004).
Dr. Kasravi holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. A National Science Foundation grant provided her an opportunity to travel to Iran in 2000 and work with Shirin Ebadi – the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize recipient – on human rights and the role of Iranian women in the reform movement.
Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal
Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal spent nearly 19 years incarcerated within the California prison system for possession of a firearm under California’s Three Strike Law. Throughout his incarceration Kenyatta spent his time preparing for his future academically, vocationally, and spiritually. In 2010 Kenyatta earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Patten University and graduated as Class Valedictorian with a 3.95 GPA. Kenyatta has been a champion of prisoner health education and spent a great deal of his incarceration at San Quentin employed by Centerforce as a Peer Health Educator. In that role Kenyatta facilitated HIV and Hepatitis Prevention classes for thousands of his peers. Kenyatta also participated in and facilitated The San Quentin TRUST, No More Tears, the Victim Offender Education Group, California Reentry Institute and many other self-help programs throughout his incarceration. While at San Quentin, Kenyatta also became a founding member of The Last Mile, the world’s first prison based software development training program. As a member of The Last Mile, Kenyatta was honored as the 2012 Shorty Award Winner for Quora Answer of the Year. In 2013, Kenyatta was released from prison through Prop. 36 and began an internship with RocketSpace, a technology campus based in San Francisco. Since then Kenyatta has earned an Inside Sales role with the company and actively promotes fair chance hiring for formerly incarcerated within the technology sector. Kenyatta currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Last Mile and is an evangelist for the organization.