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 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 Sinclaire is a Senior Vice President at Clarity Campaign Labs, which provides modeling, polling and other analytics services to the Democratic party, candidates, non-profits, and other progressive organizations. Her background is in electoral campaigns, civic data research, and political data infrastructure. Previously she served as Director of Client Services at Catalist providing data and data services to over 200 progressive organizations. Prior to that she researched voting laws and built civic data tools at the New Organizing Institute. She has managed electoral campaigns and organized communities from California to South Africa. She also sits on the Boards of National Public Radio, the Center for Technology and Civic Life, and the Earthward Bound Foundation.

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. With over 3 decades of broad and extensive experience as a consultant to community groups, non-profits and leaders of new and emerging ventures, McCline specializes in developing entrepreneurial leaders, socially responsible leadership, and assisting organizations develop both leadership and operational strategies that complement the leader’s style.

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, Management and Small Business Strategy. McCline is especially skilled in providing training in cross cultural contexts and has extensive international experience having delivered leadership training multiple times in Liberia, Uganda, South Africa, Armenia, Colombia and Mexico. Dr. McCline was the Founder and Executive Director of the Southern University Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Development, where he also served as the James A. Joseph Endowed Chair, College of Business, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA.

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.

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