Board of Directors
Delia Ginorio is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform and approaches. She is the Survivor Restoration Program Director for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and is a key leader in the award-winning Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). Delia has been instrumental in bringing Restorative Justice into law enforcement, which has helped shift the focus to offender accountability, survivor restoration, and community involvement to reduce recidivism, responsibly return ex-offenders to their communities, prevent further violence, and improve public safety. Delia leads a team of survivor staff that works directly with the women, children, and men who have been harmed and silenced by violence in their lives, providing them with practical and emotional support for leading healthy lives. Delia is dedicated to the empowerment and education of the disenfranchised. She is a highly regarded trainer and speaker on topics such as violence prevention in jail and in the community, approaches for working with clients who experience intimate partner violence, new approaches for law enforcement in working with survivors of violence, and Restorative Justice principles and practices. Delia has provided key trainings and keynotes to law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations, and corporate America locally and nationally, as well as internationally. As a survivor of violence, Delia understands the importance of providing services to all those affected by crime.
Sunny Schwartz is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform with 30 years of frontline experience as a lawyer, advocate, and consultant. Sunny has spent her career navigating all levels of the system and pioneering new policy initiatives for prisoner’s programs, as well as alternatives to incarceration. She is the author of Dreams from the Monster Factory, which gives a comprehensive insider’s perspective on America’s failing prison system and recounts her own real-world implementation of a targeted strategy that both saves taxpayers’ money and dramatically reduces recidivism. Sunny directs the design and operation of prisoner programs in six county jails. Sunny also designed and established the Resolve To Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). A nationally renowned, award-winning restorative justice program, RSVP unites diverse community organizations and individuals to collaborate on the first-in-the-nation correctional program offering services to everyone harmed by violence: victims, offenders, and communities, alike. As part of the program, Schwartz chartered a citywide Survivor Restoration Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from local government agencies, non-profit organizations and the interfaith community. Sunny’s presentations and programmatic expertise are bold and diverse, and have proven to be highly effective. Her efforts to reform the criminal justice system and minimize crime through RSVP have been featured on national television, with appearances on the Discovery Channel, PBS, Larry King Live, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her program is currently being examined for replication in various cities throughout the United States, as well as in New Zealand, Poland and Singapore. In July of 2004, RSVP was the recipient of the prestigious “Oscars in Government” Innovations in Government Award, sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and the Ash Institute.
Ophelia Williams is a San Francisco native who grew up distracted by the streets and involved in criminal activity. She never expected to graduate from high school, but then she became valedictorian of Ida B. Wells Continuation High School, she now holds a Master’s Degree from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and she has a combined 15 years of experience in Non-Profit Administration, Finance, and HR. Along her journey, Ophelia lost scores of friends and family members to drugs and violence and was herself shot in the head as a teen—but Ophelia survived and has used her life experiences to do impactful work on behalf of the community. Beginning in 2002, Ophelia spent the next six years traveling the country, challenging juvenile justice systems on the over-incarceration of youth of color. She advocated for young people to be released out of incarceration and into community based programs to expose them to alternatives they otherwise may have never known. Ophelia has also been the Development Associate for The Center for Young Women’s Development and has spent the last five years as Director of Finance and Operations for The W. Haywood Burns Institute. She has recently started working with Californian’s for Safety and Justice (CSJ). Ophelia is a Certified Community Development Consultant by the National Community Development Institute (NCDI) and a member of the Polaris Project Grassroots Network against domestic Human Trafficking. She was formerly the Northern California Social Action Coordinator for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She previously served on the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Commission (2005-2007); the Equity Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (2010-2011), and is currently a volunteer with MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth).
Dionne Wilson comes to this work from personal tragedy. In 2005, her police officer husband was killed in the line of duty. Even though her husband's killer was caught, convicted, and sent to Death Row, Dionne found herself lost in vengeance, hatred, and pain. As she tried to find ways to cope with her grief, she couldn’t help but notice that she wasn’t the only one suffering. Dionne began to recognize that our justice system pays no attention to repairing harm for the victims, or to accountability/rehabilitation for offenders, or to the long term safety of the community. So Dionne decided to try a different path—And she found that what ultimately brought her healing was working to change a broken criminal justice system. Her mission now is to advocate for services that break the cycle of violence: Trauma recovery for victims, drug treatment, mental health services, education, and job training. Dionne is the Survivor Outreach Coordinator for Californians for Safety & Justice. She speaks with crime survivors from every walk of life all across the state of California and she’s found that the majority of survivors share her values and want to add their voices to this fresh perspective on smart justice. Through the programs of IPP, Dionne also meets with men and women convicted of violent crimes and she has found that restorative justice practices are far more effective at stopping crime than vengeance has ever been. Through this work, Dionne has a newfound passion for life and love of people that didn’t seem possible after her husband was murdered.
Reggie Daniels eventually found an in-custody substance abuse program, Roads to Recovery, after struggling with the criminal justice system for fifteen years. This gave him the tools to begin a process of change. He then went through a year-long violence prevention program called Manalive. Reggie has since graduated from San Francisco City College and received an Honorary Scholarship from the Dean of the School of Management. He completed his Masters Degree in May 2013 as an honor roll student, and he is now working towards his doctorate. Reggie is also a counselor, Manalive facilitator at the San Bruno county jail, and case manager for Community Works. Reggie was featured on the USF Website, received KQED’s Local Heroes Award, and has been a guest speaker on CNN’s In Session. He also performed a play called Manalive that premiered six times, each performance completely sold out, and led Reggie to Dresden, Germany to perform a workshop. He hopes his story of transformation from violent survivor to community advocate will empower others to find peace through social justice and artistic expression.
Bev Shelby is an Executive Event Planner and she is also a long time volunteer with Insight Prison Project. Having completed her Victim/Offender Education Group (VOEG) training, Bev now facilitates an IPP sponsored program in San Quentin called KidCAT; “Kid” stands for the age the offenders were when they were sentenced (all were juveniles) and “CAT” stands for “Creating Awareness Together.” KidCAT was developed as a way for the inmates to give back to the community inside and outside, and it utilizes a restorative justice framework in a six month program that focuses on early childhood development. The curriculum concentrates on psycho-education, deep insight work, and personal accountability & responsibility in large and small groups. Bev also brings her project management and event planning skills to IPP, including the planning IPP's largest fundraiser of the year, as well as working with the KidC.A.T. events committee to help organize events inside San Quentin.
Dr. Fred Luskin is one of the most recognized researchers and teachers of forgiveness in the United States. He is the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, a senior consultant in health promotion at Stanford University, and a professor at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Greater Good Science Center. Dr. Luskin has clinical licenses as a marriage and family counselor, educational psychologist, and clinical psychologist. He also holds credentials in counseling and school psychology. He is the author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, and Stress Free for Good: Ten Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness.
Givelle Lamano is a criminal defense attorney ~ Lamano Law has offices in Oakland and San Francisco California. Givelle is also a founding partner of Three Strikes Justice Center, an organization focused on alleviating the overcrowding of prisons through Proposition 36 (Three Strikes Reform Act). Preceding her criminal defense work, Givelle advocated for the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers in employment law matters and worked with several non-profit organizations towards prison reform.
Honorable Michael Berger (Ret.) is a former trial lawyer and administrative law judge. Mike is also a founding member of the Board for Delancey Street Foundation, and author of a book that centers around the founding of Delancey Street: The High Life: An Insider's View: San Francisco Characters of the 60's and 70's.
Bishop William Swing
Thich Nhat Hanh
IPP is doing amazing and beautiful work for prisoners, their families and our whole society. Its hard-won and creative success is at the forefront of the urgently needed changes in the American prison system"