Adnan Khan is the Executive Director and co-founder of Re:Store Justice which he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule at the age of 18. While in prison, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. In addition, during his incarceration, he created FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison that still produces short films today. His sentence was also commuted by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2018 before he left office. He is an Art for Justice Fellow
LaNaisha Edwards is the Program Director at Re:Store Justice. She is a Harbor City/Los Angeles native, dedicated to empowering at-risk youth, survivors and communities of color. She is a survivor of multi-violent crimes. In 2010 LaNaisha’s younger brother, Vinnie Edwards, was murdered. This tragedy caused her to reevaluate her life and start taking positive steps towards rebuilding and focusing on her education. In the summer of 2013, received AA in Liberal Arts at Compton Community College. During this time, tragedy struck yet again, with the murder of Edwards younger brother, Vaughn Edwards in 2016.
LaNaisha did not waver in her passion for peace in the face of this egregious act. In 2013, Edwards continued her education at California State University -Dominguez Hills where she received a BA in Human Service with a minor in Public Administration. She is currently enrolled at Vermont Law School working
towards Masters Certificate in Restorative Justice. LaNaisha has worked as a gang interventionist with the Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program. LaNaisha received formal Gang Intervention training through the Urban Peace Institute, where she completed the Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy and became certified in violence/gang intervention. She also completed Leadership instructor
training at Urban Peace where she has instructed gang intervention training.
LaNaisha also works with Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice as the Lead Los Angeles Chapter Coordinator. She is a member of the Los Angeles DA George Gascon transition team, is a member the Los Angeles Victims Services Advisory Board, and a Steering Committee Member at Trauma Informed LA. LaNaisha is a decided community, and survivor’s advocate.
Alex MallickPolicy & Communications Director + Co-Founder
Alex Mallick is the Co- Founder and serves as Policy & Communications Director of Re:Store Justice. Her work in California includes policy, advocacy and communication strategy.
In 2016, in collaboration with the people she had worked with inside prison for years- many of whom were serving life sentences- Alex set out to change one of the laws that unjustly kept so many people locked up: the felony murder rule. In collaboration with co-founder Adnan Khan, who was serving a life sentence at the time, they assembled a team at Re:Store and with organizations across the state, that would eventually amend the unfair felony murder rule law in California (Senate Bill 1437). Through persistence and determination, the bill went into effect in 2019.
Prior to joining Re:Store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch as an Associate Director in the Bay Area. She grew up in France and graduated from New York University with a B.A in journalism and middle eastern studies.
Philip Melendez is the Director of Organizing for Re:Store Justice. Phil’s work revolves around community organizing, coalition building and advocacy.
Phil returned home in September of 2017 after serving a life sentence. While he was incarcerated, he facilitated many self-help and restorative programs, mentored neglected and traumatized youth, and organized numerous events linking community members with incarcerated people at San Quentin. He also worked closely with Adnan, Alex, Aziz & Rebecca on numerous events and initiatives while incarcerated.
He’s passionate about sharing his experience and the knowledge he acquired along his journey to ensure that no one takes that same path.
Rebecca is dedicated to creating opportunities for transformation and healing for everyone impacted by violence, including victims and people responsible for harm. Her work in Restorative Justice is rooted in her longstanding commitment to addressing disparities that impact the health and well being of men, women, and children in communities of color.
Rebecca’s work is grounded as well in her personal history; her beloved sister Wendy was murdered in 1992.
Rebecca received her Master’s Degree in Public Heath Policy (Child and Family Health) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a certified mediator and Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator, and is a student of the practices Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion. Rebecca is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting and has taught the practice of nonviolent child raising to hundreds of parents and professionals.
Today, Rebecca is the Program Manager of Re:Store Justice, where she leads our transformative justice work with victims and incarcerated individuals, both inside prisons and in the community.
Sutina Green is the Communications Manager for Re:Store Justice. She oversees our website and social media platforms. She also helps facilitate our transformative justice work.
Sutina is system impacted, with her father being incarcerated during her childhood. She also experienced being in the foster care system for several years. Her husband was incarcerated for almost 28 years until he was commuted by Governor Brown in November 2018. Sutina has become a passionate advocate for Justice Reform, in advocating for bills at the California State Capitol, by helping incarcerated men and women, as well as their family members, with the commutation process. She is the Co-founder of F.U.E.L.- Families United to End LWOP (Life Without Parole).
Previously, Sutina was the Program Director for The Place4Grace. Their mission is to restore families and advocate for children impacted by incarceration.
Antoine ‘Aziz’ Brown, is the Office Associate for Re:Store Justice. In December 2017, Aziz’ life sentence was commuted by Governor Jerry Brown. After serving 23 years in prison, Aziz’ 36 years to life sentence was commuted to 22 years to life. Aziz was found suitable by the Board of Prison Hearing on April 20, 2018, and was released from San Quentin Prison on August 17, 2018.
While incarcerated Aziz helped co-found KID C.A.T., a juvenile lifer group which focuses on fostering empathy & compassion for those impacted by violence, and insight & accountability for crimes committed against humanity.
Aziz’ character is rooted in his Islamic belief and his profound desire to be just and righteous.
He’s dedicated to living a life of amends through continuous dialogue with survivors of crime as well as with currently and formerly incarcerated men & women.
Amy Rao is the CEO of Integrated Archive systems a company she founded in 1994. Originally from Indiana, Amy moved to the Bay area in 1985 and currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband and five children.
She has a long history of involvement in both local and national democratic politics and she actively advocates for stronger human rights and environmental policy. Amy’s greatest passion is for the defending and protecting of human rights both domestically and internationally and currently serves on the International board of Human Rights Watch as well as on the Vday board with Eve Ensler.
Amy serves as President of the board of the 11th Hour Project and also serves on the board of the Schmidt Family Foundation.
Jacque Wilson has been a Deputy Public Defender in the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office since 2003. Jacque earned his Juris Doctorate from the Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. Jacque has been honored for his pro bono work on racial and educational justice in Modesto’s public schools and was honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area alongside his twin brother, Jacq Wilson, a private attorney in San Francisco.
The Wilsons’ nonprofit organization, Advocates for Justice (AFJ), received the Living the Dream Award during LCCR’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner. The brothers formed the AFJ mentor program to substantially reduce suspensions and expulsions in Modesto City Schools, to eliminate disparities in education, and to put to end the school-to-prison pipeline in their hometown community.
Jacque also runs the San Francisco Public Defender’s Court Watch program, which allows youth to watch court proceedings and discuss issues in the criminal justice system with public defenders. Jacque’s testimony and advocacy, alongside his father Mack, was instrumental in the campaign to pass SB1437 into law.
Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and will continue to work with Nigel, contributing stories about re-entry.
While incarcerated, Earlonne became a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. He has a love for art and storytelling.