Rose Elizondo

Rose Elizondo is a restorative justice expert and advocate for peaceful prison reform. Her work focuses on indigenous peacemaking, community building and finding healing alternatives to the criminal justice system.

Elizondo has worked as a restorative justice organizer in the Northern California region for nearly 15 years. In 2005 she co-founded the San Quentin Prison Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable, which is now one of the largest grassroots prison restorative justice initiatives in the United States. As a 2017 Soros Fellow, she plans to continue to work with Navajo community leaders in creating alternatives to the justice system in through the use of cultural traditions and practices.


2017 Soros Justice Fellow and Prison Reform Advocate

Areas of Expertise: Restorative Justice, Indigenous Peacemaking, Racial Equity and its intersections of Mass Incarceration, Restorative Economics and Food Justice.

Location: Crownpoint, NM and San Francisco, CA

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Margaret Russell

Margaret Russell is a professor of constitutional law at California’s Santa Clara University, where she has taught for the past twenty-five years. She specializes in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of speech, racial equality, sexual orientation equality and the Supreme Court.

Russell has appeared as a guest on KQED’s The Forum with Michael Krasny. She alsospoke to Tell Me More’s Michel Martin following the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, saying, “And as attitudes change among everyday people in the population, that will actually mean that they’re not counting on a court to be some royal, hierarchical, moral decision-maker, but rather people are changing their minds.”

Margaret Russell

Professor of Constitutional Law, Santa Clara University

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Racial Equality, Sexual Orientation Equality, Supreme Court

Location: Santa Clara, CA (in Tanzania on a fellowship 1/14-6/14)
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Phone: (408) 554-5234

Heard on KQED: 

The Forum: Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny

Updated March 2015

Maya Wiley

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Maya Wiley is the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization focused on addressing issues of racial inequity. This nationally recognized expert can speak on a wide range of topics including agricultural sustainability, the U.S. economy, education, race, civic engagement and the justice system. She has frequently been a featured guest and panelist on various MSNBC political commentary programs like All In With Chris Hayes , Up with Steve Kornacki, Melissa Harris-Perry and The Cycle.

Wiley has authored many articles in various publications like the Huffington Post and The Grio. She is a licensed civil rights attorney and policy advocate, and has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Department, in the Poverty and Justice Program of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Wiley was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation, South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative.

Founder, President of the Center for Social Inclusion

Areas of Expertise:  Race, Racial Justice, Racial Equity, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Twitter: @mayawiley@theCSI


Last Updated August 27, 2020