Victim and Community Outreach Specialist
Ayoola was born and raised in San Francisco, in a law enforcement family, and found her interest in the Criminal Justice System as a teenager. She pursued her interest by obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State and doing graduate work in Correctional Education at Santa Clara University. Ayoola has spent many years working for crime survivors as well as the incarcerated population, advocating for more resources for crime prevention and rehabilitation while noting the misplaced priorities in our approaches to crime and victims' services. She has spent more than three decades working in the fields of criminal and social justice as an educator, facilitator, litigation support professional, investigator, mitigation specialist, and advocate. Ayoola originally began with IPP as a volunteer Survivor Speaker--In 2009, her eldest son was shot 17 times in a case of mistaken identity. He survived, but just a year later, her godson was shot and killed by a stranger following a verbal altercation. Ayoola has dedicated her life to reforming the US justice system, and working alongside the many people on all sides who are trapped within it. Outside of her work with IPP, Ayoola is also the Rehabilitation Program Coordinator with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.