Co-Founder & Executive Director
Diana began her work at San Quentin by volunteering with the California Reentry Program. It was there that she connected with Mr. Butler, who wanted to create a program to help inmates get jobs upon reentry. Diana discovered her own passion for the idea, created a curriculum, and began reaching out to potential employers. After 6 months of development, the Prison to Employment Connection Program was launched in the Fall of 2014. Diana brings her experience in non-profit development to her role as the Executive Director. As a Major Gifts Associate at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City, she specialized in major donor fundraising and special events. She was also the Director of Development at the Head-Royce School in Oakland and successfully completed a $3.5 million dollar capital campaign. Most recently, Diana served as Director of Development and was responsible for major gifts and managing the grant writing, direct mail, special events and publications departments at the Coral Reef Alliance in San Francisco. Diana holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Certified Life Coach.
Noble is originally from Los Angeles. Now an inmate at San Quentin, he says: “Having once been a menace to my society, contributing to the criminal elements that have caused so many so much hurt and heartache, I now dedicate my life to the unending search for justice, mercy, fairness and equality, as well as giving voice to the ones that most need to be heard. We are all complicated beings, with no single attribute sufficient to adequately describe or define the true essence of who each of us are.”
Bre works as a Realignment Housing Specialist in Alameda County to secure housing for formerly incarcerated individuals. She previously volunteered for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program of Alameda County where she served as both a voice and a mentor to victims of child abuse and neglect in the court system. Bre says that, “God has blessed me with the desire and passion to encourage and help others” and she uses that passion to help people involved in the criminal justice system turn their lives around. Bre has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and became involved with Prison to Employment Connection in 2016.
Gabrielle first became involved with Prison to Employment Connection while volunteering with the California Reentry Program. As a former probation officer and professional writer, Gabrielle now combines her interests in both criminal justice and writing as a Legal Assistant for The Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman, a criminal defense law firm in Berkeley. She enjoys helping people navigate the criminal justice system and make positive changes in their lives. Gabrielle has a Bachelor's degree in English from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).
A lifelong teacher and community organizer, Susan is guided by a strong belief in social justice, equal opportunity, and respect for human dignity. A teacher by training, she has worked as an organizer and community outreach coordinator managing impactful programming and responsive services, and providing support and mentorship for communities in need. Susan has raised awareness about homelessness and inspired community action through educating the public and teaching service learning to university students. Most recently, she worked in Uganda to connect HIV/AIDS positive communities and vulnerable children with available services and helped a local non-profit to improve program efficiency and build organizational capacity.