Dedicated professionals with a proven record of success.
Director of Strategic Initiatives at People's Action
Assistant Director, Local Government and Community Relations
Program Manager, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Founding Member of Safe Return
Community Organizer, Innovate Public Schools
Founder, Ya-Neema Healing Circles
Reentry Coach, Reentry Success Center
Pastor Quintisha Davis-Wyles
Pastor, United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA
Rev. Eugene Jackson
Pastor, The Church of God & Holy in Antioch, CA
Rev. Kamal Hassan
Designated Pastor, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, CA
Tamisha Walker is a founding member and Executive Director of Safe Return, a campaign to secure the freedom and liberation of formerly incarcerated individuals. She has been a Richmond based community organizer and known advocate on issues related to mass incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system since her release from incarceration in 2009. Tamisha organizes and coordinates Safe Return and its projects at the local, State, and National level. She is formerly incarcerated and shares a powerful personal story about the journey to healing and successful re-entry. Tamisha has six years of community organizing experience in a city impacted by trauma and economic inequality, including her own personal experience with trauma and poverty growing up in Richmond California. Her educational experience includes professional training in research and advocacy for the formerly incarcerated and their families, violence prevention strategies, and conflict mediation to reduce urban gun violence.
Shani Miranda is the administrative coordinator for the Safe Return Project. She is a Bay Area native that is dedicated to healing her community. She has been advocating for her community since 2015, focusing more on the formally incarcerated since 2017. Shani joined Safe Return because she wanted to be a part of liberating people of color, breaking the cycle of mass incarceration, and building a healthy community.
Lead Organizer, Greater West County, Contra Costa County
Ledamien Flowers is the Lead Organizer of greater West County in Contra Costa County for The Safe Return Project. He is a Richmond, California native, formerly incarcerated, and was recruited by Executive Director Tamisha Walker in 2016. Organizing was a crucial part to his re-entry and created a space for him to build power within my community, and advocate for system changes to create better equity for people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Le'Damien wanted to be apart of changing the narrative his my community and eliminating property and mass Incarceration.
Civic Engagement Organizer
Chala Bonner is a civic engagement organizer at Safe Return Project. She has a passion for helping others in her community. She is passionate about leveling the playing field for formerly incarcerated people of color. Her goal is to build equity in the community by overcoming obstacles, challenges, and bring healing to those who have had traumatic/stressful experiences. Her motto is “Don’t let your past dictate your future.”
Lead East County Organizer
Jonathan Bean is the Lead Organizer of East County for The Safe Return Project. He is no stranger to experiencing both sides of the criminal justice system. Jonathan has always had a passion for organizing folks in the community of color and done so for over a decade. He has a commitment to seeing the end of mass incarceration and creating a space where the formerly incarcerated can build power.