Rev. Sharon White-Harrigan, LMSW

Executive Director

Sharon has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Community Justice Association since 2018. Drawing on her experience as a licensed social worker, domestic violence survivor, and formerly incarcerated person, she has expertise in various direct services and policy advocacy campaigns that support justice-impacted women. Sharon was a leader in the successful effort to enact New York State’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in 2019. She also serves as an advisory member of the Survivor’s Justice Project, the co-lead of the Bedford Hills project, a strategic consultant and senior advisor to the Women & Justice Project, a member of the International Advisory Committee with the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, co-creator of the Justice for Women Task Force, Policy Council Member, and co-founder & executive member of Women Building UP.  She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Lehman College,  a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from City University of New York where she was a Thomas W. Smith Fellow, and an associates degree in Liberal Arts from MaryMount Manhattan College. Sharon is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Frank & Lisina Hoch Award for Social Justice Advocacy and Activism, and the 2019 Leadership Award for her advocacy to pass the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.

Tashoy Miller

Executive Assistant

Tashoy(She / Her) is a driven & motivated advocate fighting for women impacted by mass incarceration. 

While she’s just beginning her career in advocacy she’s no stranger to upper level management positions, spearheading initiatives , project management & client relations. Her background has consistently been characterized by her steadfast dedication to enhancing organizational performance and achieving company objectives. Her passion for social justice reform and community engagement has helped her to make an impact across various communities. Her advocacy work began after she gained lived experience & realized how unjust the criminal justice system really is. With her proven ability to leverage communication, presentation, and leadership talents to make significant contributions, Tashoy intends to grow in this field while being a voice for incarcerated women. Tashoy is passionate about advocating for women and Black communities throughout her career and will continue to do so on her path to fight for justice.

 

Michelle Feldman

Campaign Director

Michelle is the #BEYONDroseis Campaign Director. She has led successful issue advocacy, communications and electoral campaigns from both inside and outside of New York city and state government for more than 15 years.

Her background includes serving as Director of State Campaigns at the Innocence Project, a national organization that addresses wrongful convictions. There she oversaw criminal justice reform campaigns that passed more than 30 laws in over half the states in the country. Previously, she was  Legislative and Communications Director for New York City Council Member Jessica Lappin, where she spearheaded efforts to bring the Cornell-Technion campus to Roosevelt Island.

Her career started in Albany, advising Assembly Democrats in swing districts on policy and communications. She has also managed electoral campaigns for state and city candidates. Michelle has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post and other major new outlets. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is an AVODAH fellow.

Tatiana Hill

Director of Advocacy & Organizing 

Tatiana Hill (she/her) is a New York-based community organizer working to build political power with and for marginalized Black people, especially as it relates to ending mass incarceration and the systems that perpetuate it. Her advocacy work started as a labor organizer. She is one of the two original organizers that created the first union in any Verizon Wireless store in the country. Tatiana has worked as a constituent advocate for the progressive NY State Senator Jabari Brisport starting the radical project Community Conversations. Hill previously worked with VOCAL-NY, a grassroots power building organization where she organized and advocated for formerly incarcerated people in its Civil Rights Union helping to win a successful campaign for Bail Reform and organizing Occupy City Hall. She continues to advocate for Black and brown communities with fearless passion to change the system that is called just.

Jordyn Rosenthal MSW

Senior Data & Policy Analyst

Jordyn is the Senior Data & Policy Analyst and has been on staff since February 2020. She was first connected with WCJA in 2018 and joined the #BEYONDrosies steering committee in March 2019. In her current role she is dedicated to researching innovative policies that will aid in decarceration and analyzing data to better understand the needs and identities of women and gender expansive people entangled in the criminal legal system.

She holds a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Policy and Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Bachelors in American Studies from SUNY Geneseo. Previous to working at WCJA, she was the Senior Associate of Policy & Advocacy at College and Community Fellowship where she created the Women Influencing Systems & History (WISH) program and trained over 50 women during her tenure.

Leah Faria

Community Organizer

Leah Faria (She, Her) is a Black, formerly incarcerated, community organizer and mother. She is a survivor of domestic and State violence. Faria uses her direct experiences as a way to build community and to organize Black and brown women as the organizer at the Women’s Community Justice Association. She is an instrumental leader of the Justice 4 Women Taskforce where she works to amplify the voices and empower women incarcerated at Rikers Island.

Lucia Alonso

Communications Consultant

Lucia (They, Them) runs WCJA’s social media and manages their website. They are dedicated towards dismantling mass incarceration through restorative and transformative practices. Lucia values learning through directly-impacted people and communities and strongly believes there is a role for everyone in the fight to end mass incarceration. Lucia recently graduated from Bennington College with a BA, and is planning on attending law school in the near future to fulfill their dreams of becoming a public defender.

Board of Directors

Rita Zimmer, Board Director, co-chair, Executive Director of HousingPlus
Carole Eady, Board Director, HRA Specialist
Cheryl Wilkins, Board Director, Senior Director at Center for Justice at Columbia University
Connie Temple, Board Secretary
Danielle Minelli Pagnotta, Board Treasurer, Executive Director of Providence house
Joan Montach, Board Chair
Kandra Clark, Board Director, Vice President of Policy at Exodus Transitional Community
Marge Ives, Board Director
Serena Liguori, Board Director, Executive Director of New Hour for Women and Children – LI
Sharon White-Harrigan, Board Director, Executive Director of WCJA
Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, Board Co-Chair, Chief Officer at NYCHA Family Reunification Unit