Yaacov joined Community Renewal Society in 2018. He is a social justice advocate, with lived experience inside of the criminal justice system. During his time of incarceration, he observed countless men being released back into their communities only to return to prison, some in very short periods of time. Yaacov began advocating for prisoner rights and strategically researching solutions to remove the systemic collateral consequences that were directly hindering formerly incarcerated people from becoming productive citizens.
Rev. Saeed Richardson was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1999, serving parishes and communities in North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois since. As Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Waukegan, Rev. Saeed is a member of the Metro Chicago Region of the American Baptist Churches. His background is multifaceted: academic medicine, technology, churches and religious organizations, entrepreneurial startups, and non-profits.
Lindsey Hammond, Associate Director of State Policy is passionate about mobilizing people of faith to advocate for economic and criminal justice policy changes. As part of the policy team, she collaborates with organizing staff and CRS membership issue teams to explore community problems, research potential solutions, develop policy proposals, and build strategies for legislative and community campaigns.
Luis Carrizales, Associate Director of City and County Policy is passionate about working with community leaders to advocate for progressive criminal justice and education reform. Previously he worked at Enlace Chicago, a community-based organization in Chicago’s Southwest Side, where he convened the neighborhood-based Violence Prevention Collaborative.