Aramis Malachi-Ture Sundiata
Aramis Sundiata became Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Executive Director in February 2020. Aramis brings a deep understanding of grassroots community organizing and is an experienced teacher, facilitator, coach, and mentor. Aramis has worked with Faith in Public Life, Kucinich/Samples for Ohio Gubernatorial Campaign, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, University District Freedom Schools. He earned his BA in African History from The Ohio State University. Grounded in a deep understanding of social movements, his focus is on grassroots power building and his disciplined and rigorous approach will help guide JJC’s efforts. Aramis is no stranger to JJC — he was instrumental in developing the programming that shaped JJC’s work over the last several years.
Tammy Fornier-Alsaada, Lead Organizer
Lead Organizer, Tammy Fornier-Alsaada, has made a lifelong commitment to criminal justice reforms and has been an active member of the JJC team since 2015. Tammy’s personal mission is to be a voice for her community by advocating for criminal justice accountability and issues important to community members and their families. She has played meaningful roles on various oversight and selection committees. Tammy’s work is rooted in restorative practices, real relationship, and is grounding force for JJC. She has worked on various county advisory boards and task forces as well The Ohio State University’s Youth Violence Prevention Advisory board and Community safety Institute. Tammy also received the 2017 YWCA Women of Achievement award and has published several books.
Kenza Kamal, Policy Director
Kenza Kamal (she/her) is JJC’s Policy Director. Kenza earned degrees in Public Policy Analysis and Political Science at The Ohio State University. Her experience includes internships with Policy Matters Ohio, the Ohio House and Senate, and the Brookings Institution, with a research focus on issues facing working people and vulnerable youth. Prior to joining JJC, Kenza organized for criminal justice reform by campaigning for rehabilitative measures, leading programs inside juvenile facilities, and facilitating political education. Kenza will lead JJC efforts to transform juvenile justice policies across Ohio.
Kelly McConaughey, Operations Director
Kelly McConaughey (she/her) worked to help JJC transition its leadership as Interim Executive Director and then stepped into the position of Operations Director to manage the daily operations of the organization and support the JJC team. With more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, Kelly focuses on building sustainable organizations that can fully execute their mission.
Sharon Weitzenhof – Advisor
Sharon was one of the founding members of the Juvenile Justice Coalition and served as its Director from 1993 – 2014. She has been a consultant in human services and juvenile justice. Sharon has worked in the public sector (Cuyahoga County and Ohio Department of Youth Services) and the private sector (Center for Community Solutions and Youth Advocate Programs). She remains active with several juvenile/criminal justice organizations. Sharon has Master of Public Administration. She is the Chair of JJC’s Board of Directors.
Maritza Nelson – General Counsel
Maritza works for the Law Office of Maritza S. Nelson, LLC and serves as General Counsel for JJC. Prior to forming her own law firm, Maritza spent 5 years in the litigation group at BakerHostetler and 2 years at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. While in law school at the University of Texas, Maritza participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic representing youth charged with delinquency offenses. Maritza’s firm offers clients a variety of services, including serving as general business counsel, litigation and dispute resolution services, and succession and estate planning.