Cindy is the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Center, nationally recognized for her role in building local movements to end mass criminalization and improve the daily lives of individuals targeted by the criminal justice system. She organizes from the principle that the communities most affected by criminalization should lead the movement for change. Her leadership has produced bold, brave, and visionary efforts to rethink justice and center the inherent dignity of every person. Through her work with Generative Somatics, Cindy recognizes the many impacts of individual and systemic trauma and believes that centering peoples’ healing and transformation are integral for our movements to succeed. Cindy has organized in Boston, Chicago, New York, Texas and the United Kingdom and has focused both at the state and national level. She holds a graduate degree in Social Work and Community Organizing from the University of Chicago. Her family is from Venezuela, and Cindy is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Nathaniel Gilham
Nate is the Director of Clinical Services at the Center, providing individual and family therapy. Nate has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1996 and maintains a private practice in the south suburban area of Chicago. He is also the Director of Training of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University’s Chicago campus, teaching several courses at the masters and doctoral level. He is annual presenter at state conferences and focuses on issues that impact the quality of life for African American families. Nate earned a Masters of Arts at Northeastern Illinois University and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Argosy-Chicago.
Aislinn is the Director of Programming at the Center, and a long timer organizer who has worked on a variety of campaigns including the Reparations Now movement to pass the historic 2015 Reparations Ordinance for survivors of CPD torture, campaigns for justice for families who have lost loved ones to police violence, defense campaigns to free political prisoners, and many others. Born and raised in Chicago, Aislinn founded the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter and was the youngest founding member of the cultural non-profit that used art for social change, Insight Arts. She was an organizer with We Charge Genocide, as well as a member of performance ensembles which include Visibility Now, which she founded for young women dedicated to ending sexual assault. Aislinn is an alumnus at Columbia College Chicago having studied graphic arts, and North Park University where she double majored in psychology and sociology.
Rodney is the Executive Director at CTJC. Prior to joining CTJC Rodney served within a Restorative Justice Campaign to embed restorative justice practices throughout the City of Chicago, has led neighborhood nonprofit community centers as an senior executive and has a long history of social service program designed and implementation experiences. In addition, Rodney serves as the senior pastor of St. Matthew United Methodist Church which mission field includes the Near North neighborhood of Chicago and Co – Host a bi- monthly gospel radio program on WYCA 102.3 FM. Rodney has earned a B.A Political Science from Chicago State University, Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and Doctors of Ministry from Northern Baptist Seminary.