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Christine Abaté, Deputy Director (Syracuse) is responsible for programs and services in the Syracuse office. Ms. Abaté has extensive experience in comprehensive, collaborative approaches to addressing urban issues and empowering disenfranchised populations. Creative problem solving, creation of partnerships, and involvement of citizens and program participants are hallmarks of her perspective. Prior to joining CCA in 1997, Ms. Abaté designed and directed the original NYS Economic Development Zone in Syracuse, NY, creating a unique and comprehensive inner city redevelopment program addressing a disadvantaged population and the integrated redevelopment issues of business entrepreneurship, job creation, employee development and affordable homeownership. As Deputy Commissioner of Syracuse Department of Community Development, Ms. Abaté was responsible for the development and submission of the City's HUD block grant program, increasing community-based organizations' involvement in program implementation and involvement of citizens in program planning and review. Ms. Abaté has a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from Syracuse University and a BS in Sociology from the University of Iowa.
Josefina Bastidas, Esq., Deputy Director (NYC) joined the Center for Community Alternatives in 1999. Ms. Bastidas provides the leadership and oversight of all services in the NYC office. Ms. Bastidas has considerable experience in criminal law both in the United States and in Venezuela, where she was a District Judge. She has also taught at the law school at the University of Caracas and worked for the Pan American Health Organization Staff Association in Washington, D.C., where she assisted in preparing cases to be decided by The International Labor Tribunal. Ms. Bastidas has a law degree from Santa Maria University, Caracas Venezuela and a Master's of Law Degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
David Condliffe is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives, beginning in the role in November 2015. David Condliffe's career spans the nonprofit, law and public sectors including positions with the New York City Mayor's Office of Drug Abuse Policy under Mayor David Dinkins, work with the Drug Policy Alliance and development positions with Rutgers University Law School and Brooklyn Law School. Most recently, Mr. Condliffe was General Counsel and Director of Development at the Osborne Association. He is the current Chair of the Rikers Sub-committee of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Corrections and Community Re-entry and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
He is a graduate of Rutgers Law School and holds an MPA degree from Harvard University Kennedy School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from New York University.
Emily NaPier joined the Center for Community Alternatives in 2006. Ms. Napier was appointed the Director of Justice Strategies in August 2015. She holds an M.A. in sociology from Syracuse University and is currently working on her dissertation in the same program. As an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, she teaches courses on the criminal justice system, racial and ethnic inequalities, and research methods. She is actively engaged in a variety of community-based initiatives, including the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse and the Racial and Social Justice Committee of InterFaith Works.
Alan Rosenthal is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with over 28 years of experience. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, he has litigated cases involving police misconduct and violations of civil rights in both jails and prisons. He has lectured on such topics as "Race and the Criminal Justice System", "Race and the Juvenile Justice System", "Treatment Courts", "Community Justice", "The Prisons Industrial Complex" , "Police Misconduct Litigation" , "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions", "Working with a Criminal Record", "Sentencing Advocacy and Mitigation" and "Incarceration and Violence." He has drafted legislation on "Racial Profiling and Data Collection" and "Citizen Review Board."
As the Director of Justice Strategies, Alan undertook a study of race and the local criminal justice system for the Onondaga County Chapter of the NAACP and the Alliance Network. He has presented training for lawyers for both the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and New York State Defenders Association on sentencing, sentencing advocacy, and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions.
Marsha Weissman was the founder and executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives for 34 years through October 2015. She will continue to work with CCA as an advisor and researcher with Justice Strategies, CCA's policy advocacy division. Ms. Weissman has established model programs for youth and young adults in the juvenile and criminal justice system including New York's only alternative to incarceration program for "juvenile offenders", i.e., children under the age of 16 who are treated in the adult criminal justice system, New York State's first alternative-to-incarceration treatment program for women in the criminal justice system and a unique collaboration with the Syracuse City School District to reduce suspensions and expulsions of high risk youth.
Ms. Weissman holds a Ph.D. with distinction in Social Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Dr. Weissman serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, the National Sentencing Project, was a member of the New York State Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice and was appointed to the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. She has testified before the U.S. Senate on the problem of the "school-to-prison pipeline" and ways to reduce school suspensions. Ms. Weissman publishes widely, including her book, Prelude to Prison (2015), which gives voice to young people affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.