Staff

Aramis Malachi-Ture Sundiata, Executive Director 

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 the Policy Director at the Juvenile Justice Coalition. She has been involved with JJC since 2016 and joined staff in February 2020 to guide JJCs policy and legislative positions in alignment with research, best practices, and youth and family voices. Kenza holds a B.S. in Public Policy Analysis and B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and began working in public policy as an intern with Policy Matters Ohio, the Ohio House and Senate, and the Brookings Institution. She has been involved in anti-oppression work for over five years and has led programs inside juvenile facilities, facilitated political education and training, and campaigned for sentencing reform.

Erikka Sawdey, Operations Director

Erikka (she/her) started with the Juvenile Justice Coalition in October of 2020. While she is new to nonprofits and community organizing, she brings fifteen years of experience working with teens, first as a teacher, then a public library Homework Help Center coordinator, and finally as a reference librarian serving teens. More importantly, she brings a passion for helping teens become leaders in their own right, encouraging them to always learn something new and to continue fighting for justice in an increasingly divisive world. She has a Bachelors of Science in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio University and Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She’s also an avid reader and a devoted wife, aunt, and cat mom.

Nia Richardson – YFLN Youth Leader
Nia is a 19-year-old community organizer who has been involved in her community since 2016. The rise in community support for Tyre King and his family really made her realize it takes a village. She helped develop Voices of the Unheard (VOU), JJC’s youth advocacy group. Since 2016, she’s planned and lead campaigns, held press conferences, lobbied at the statehouse, spoke on panels, inspired other youth, and had a feature article by the National Juvenile Justice Network. Her favorite part of doing this work is the feeling of community and making change you get. She wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Dominga Black – YFLN Youth Leader
Dominga is a 20-year-old community organizer. Her brother is Tyre King, which made organizing very important to her and close to her heart. When she joined the organizing community in 2016, she took off like a rocket and immediately jumped into organizing/leading protests, learned about restorative justice and trauma healing as well as taught it to her peers, planned and attended community events such as luncheons and block parties to bring awareness to organizing, represented Ohio at a national event with other youth from around the country to share/workshop ideas on youth justice, and spoke at a national event for gun control.