IJPC Staff Members
Program Manager, Death Penalty + Peace and Nonviolence
Originally from Cleveland, Jessie graduated from Xavier University with degrees in both English and political science, along with a peace and justice studies minor. Through her studies and her time spent in the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, Jessie unpacked questions regarding racial justice, economic inequality, intersectional feminism, and nonviolent movements, among other things. Jessie returns to Cincinnati after working in Columbus for state Senator Cecil Thomas. While there, she dove deep into criminal justice issues and gained a broad understanding of and passion for the reforms necessary to make the system more just, rehabilitative, and effective for all. Jessie comes to IJPC bringing a love for policy, hope in the power of radical imagination, and a readiness to engage with community members committed to systemic change. In her free time, Jessie enjoys cooking, reading, writing poetry, and being active.
As a lifelong Cincinnati resident and former IJPC intern, Hayley is excited to rejoin the team as Operations Manager. Hayley graduated from Miami University with degrees in social justice and global politics, concentrating on community based leadership and human rights. As a student, Hayley was involved in multiple social justice organizations that fueled her passion for intersectional feminism and grassroots organizing. She became particularly interested in examining the racial history of Cincinnati during her work at the Cincinnati Herald and her semester studying gentrification and displacement in Over-The-Rhine. Hayley also spent a semester in Kosovo, studying peacebuilding in the region and working with an NGO providing youth mental health resources. Her academic and personal experiences in social justice settings confirmed her dedication to the community work that IJPC does. Outside of work, Hayley enjoys gardening, arcade tournaments, and painting.
Immigration Program Organizer
Daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Sandra Ramirez is a young activist excited to be IJPC’s Immigration Program Organizer. Sandra graduated from DePaul Cristo Rey High School where she coordinated the committee for the celebrations of Hispanic heritage month, giving Hispanic students a platform to share their stories. Sandra has used her voice to share her personal journey with immigration. A few years ago, Sandra lost her brother to deportation. This experience showed her how outdated our immigration system is and how inhumane detention facilities are. Sandra has taken this experience and has used it to advocate for a more inclusive and just society. Sandra has also spent time at the southern border welcoming and helping new arrivals. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she loves to hang out with friends, go hiking, and explore new places. In addition to her work at IJPC, Sandra is also pursuing a dual major of Special Education and Early Childhood Education at Mount St. Joseph University.
After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Allison accompanied students and Salvadorans during her time with the Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. There, she learned about the collective power of community and gained a love of the Spanish language. Allison received her Master of Social Work from Boston College and stayed in Boston to work as a community organizer doing domestic violence prevention work. After moving to Cincinnati, to be closer to family, Allison was thrilled to find a home with IJPC in 2014 as the organization continues to grow. During her tenure, the organization has responded to an increasingly volatile political climate, engaged in an 83 mile walk to stop executions, hosted many rallies for immigrant rights, and created the Rethinking Racism initiative. She spends her time outside of the office with her family, including her husband, two children, and two goats. She also enjoys quilting and letter writing.
Program Manager, Human Trafficking + Immigration
Samantha joins IJPC with a passion for carving out spaces for people to find and use their voice to create change. Samantha spent the last few years as a community organizer for a local grassroots organization that is working on environmental, economic and social justice issues here in Hamilton County. Originally raised in Findlay, Samantha attended the University of Indianapolis to earn a degree in social work. While there, she witnessed the power of many voices coming together to advocate for better public policy. Samantha was eager to learn more and received her Master of Social Work with a concentration in community & economic development from Washington University in St. Louis. Samantha enjoys cuddling with her cat, Minerva, and playing the clarinet with the Queen City Freedom Band.
IJPC Board Members
Mark (Zeek) Childers, Treasurer
Esther Claros Berlioz
Michael Howard II
Shannon Hughes, Chair
S. Marge Kloos, SC