Staff

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Diana Williams

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.
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Noble Butler

Co-Founder
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.”
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Bre Davis

Volunteer
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.
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Gabrielle Nicolet

Volunteer
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).
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Susan Bromann-Smith

Volunteer
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.

Advisory Board

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Lonnie Tuck

CEO, Alameda County Director of the Center for Employment Opportunities
Lonnie Tuck is an innovative and visionary leader with over a decade of experience successfully promoting workforce programs across the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus on training and employment opportunities for some of the populations with barriers to employment, including ex-felons, minorities, disabled and veterans had elevated his work to become and industry standard and model. Lonnie is a results-driven individual with a passionate commitment to providing opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers. Lonnie’s track record of success is built on cultivating client, agency and stakeholder communications and support that is focused on anticipated challenges and strategic solutions. Lonnie currently serves as the Alameda County Director of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in Oakland, CA. CEO is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive services and opportunities to people with criminal backgrounds.
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Danny Thongsy

Prison to Employment Connection Graduate
Danny Thongsy is a graduate of Prison to Employment Connection and was released from San Quentin State Prison in December of 2016. At the age of 17, Danny was sentenced to life in prison and served 20 years before being found suitable for release at his initial Parole Board Hearing. While incarcerated, his transformed his life and made a commitment to positive change. He embarked on a path of redemption, personal growth and service by obtaining his GED, completing three certified vocational trades, and earning an AA Degree. In addition he participated in, and facilitated, numerous self-help groups and life skills programs and became involved in chapel groups and religious studies. Danny was involved in a program for youth offenders called Kids Creating Awareness Together (Kid CAT) and advocated for the passage of California bills SB9, SB260 and SB261, which gives juveniles, who were tried as adults, a chance for an early Youthful Offender parole Board Hearing. Since his release, Danny has continued to focus on criminal justice reform by working as a fellow at the Asian Law Caucus and Asian Prisoner Support Committee.
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Julie Sinai

Chief Strategy Officer for Lifelong Medical Care
Julie Sinai, Chief Strategy Officer for Lifelong Medical Care, an East Bay Federally Qualified Heath Center, has over three decades in the non-profit and public sector working for social and economic justice, focusing on equity, community-well being, access to education and economic self-sufficiency. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, public policy, advocacy and building successful partnerships among community-based organizations, workforce and economic development agencies, educational institutions, and government. During the Welfare Reform era of the mid 1990’s Julie developed policy and programs in childcare and family support at a regional and national level. Following this work, Julie led Berkeley Unified School District’s School Linked Programs, forging collaborative efforts to bring medical, dental and behavioral health services into the schools. From 2003-2011, Julie was the policy advisor to the Mayor of Berkeley on health and social services, youth and education, workforce development, and job creation. As Chief of Staff, she advised the Mayor on regional, state and federal policy development and was the responsible for intra- and inter- governmental and media relations. Following her time in the Mayor’s Office, Julie spent four and a half years working for UC Berkeley and then the California Community College system facilitating inter-segmental, cross-sector collaboration to increase opportunities for young people and adults to obtain education and career training. Most recently, as Vice President of Policy and Regional Initiatives for the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), Julie was responsible for designing and implementing REDF’s policy agenda and a place-based regional strategy to grow job opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance use disorders and mental health challenges. Julie was born and raised in the Bay Area, received her B.A. in Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregonand her Masters of Public Administration at University of San Francisco.

Our Employers

We have over forty PEC Partners who hire returning citizens.
They represent the following job sectors:

PEC Partners also include a dozen Support Service and Job Placement agencies to further assist participants in finding gainful employment.

Animal Care
Bakery
Construction
Culinary
Health Care
Hospitality
Janitorial
Maintenance
Restaurant
Screen Printing
Technology
Transportation

“The employees we have hired from Prison to Employment Connection are more prepared for the workforce than 90% of other applicants we meet. They understand the importance of punctuality, reliability, and following directions; skills imperative in any industry. In addition, their strong work ethics have lifted the performance of their team members. We look forward to continue hiring graduates from this program. They are, indeed, an asset to our company.”

Mischa Kubancik

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