California Partnership for Safe Communities is leading the way toward safety and health for California’s communities by developing solutions that work to reduce violence. Meet our team who regularly provide strategic guidance to our partners, so cities can effectively reduce violence without over-reliance on incarceration.


Copy of IMG_3686 SWStewart Wakeling
is our director. Previously, he led the Haas Jr. Fund of San Francisco’s efforts to address violence. Stewart also developed and managed Peacekeeper, an early replication of Boston’s Ceasefire approach, which reduced homicide in Stockton, Calif., by more than 40 percent and received the highest rating from the federal Office of Justice Programs. Stewart was also the founding executive director of the Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin County, which combined faith-based community organizing, innovative service strategies and a focus on economic self-sufficiency to assist low-income children and families. In 2012, the White House Council for Community Solutions recognized the organization as an “effective needle-moving collaborative.” Stewart was a research fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and  worked with the Native Nations Institute of the University of Arizona’s Morris K. Udall Center for Public Policy on a study of collaborative efforts among federal agencies and tribal criminal justice institutions. He received a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.


Copy of IMG_3694 DGDaniela Gilbert, our deputy director, leads much of the on-the-ground work at CPSC, providing intensive hands-on support to project directors in our partner cities. Previously, she worked with the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice to help research violence reduction initiatives and post-incarceration employment opportunities. Daniela also worked for the Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Teen Center in the South Bronx. Daniela received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, where she worked with professor Anthony Braga to research applications of the Ceasefire approach and the impacts of intergenerational crime.




Copy of IMG_3701 VCVaughn Crandall leads our policy work and coordinates efforts on procedural justice and implicit bias with the California Department of Justice and other partners. Vaughn was previously deputy director of The Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he supervised fieldwork, research, communications and day-to-day operations. He also worked with the center’s director, David Kennedy, to launch and coordinate the National Network for Safe Communities, a community of practice for cities applying proven, partnership-based crime prevention strategies. Vaughn served as deputy chief of staff for Martin F. Horn, commissioner of the New York City Departments of Correction and Probation, where he managed a variety of agency operations and worked with government agencies, service providers and advocates to improve opportunities for people involved in the criminal justice system. Vaughn has experience in identity-based conflict resolution, including police-community conflict. He received a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University.



Copy of IMG_3704 DMDavid Muhammad is a consultant with the California Partnership for Safe Communities. He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of justice, violence prevention and youth development and works as a National Justice Partner with Impact Justice. David previously served as the chief probation officer of Alameda County, where he worked to implement policies and practices embodying principles of restorative justice, youth development, trauma-informed care and effective practice. He also served as deputy commissioner of probation in New York City, the second largest probation department in the country, and as chief of committed services in the Washington Department of Youth Rehabilitation and Services, where he oversaw the long-term juvenile facility and supervision of youth in the community. Most recently, he served as CEO of Solutions, Inc. David was also executive director of The Mentoring Center in Oakland and helped design Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety. An Oakland native, David holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Howard University and has received numerous regional and national awards and recognitions for his work.

Board of Directors

Copy of staff-bob-baileyBob Bailey 
is director of human resources and administration at the Haas, Jr. Fund, where he oversees office operations and a range of human resources services. Bob has also been acting and associate director of human resources at the Tides Center in San Francisco. Previously, Bob worked as assistant to the Berkeley City Manager, staff director for the Berkeley Police Review Commission and ombudsman for Connecticut’s corrections department. Bob’s community service has included extended service on the boards of Resource Media and SEEDS Community Resolution Center. He is currently president of the board for The Community Boards of San Francisco, a model community mediation organization. Bob has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco’s organizational behavior program. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.



Copy of RevBrownReverend Jeffrey L. Brown is president and managing partner of Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace (RECAP), a new national organization to help cities build better partnerships between the faith-based community, government and law enforcement agencies in order to reduce gun violence. He is  the former executive director of the nationally and internationally recognized Boston Ten Point Coalition (BTPC), an organization he cofounded in 1992. BTPC mobilizes the faith community on behalf of youth at high risk of violence, helps local churches build and strengthen communities, and builds partnerships with public and private institutions. Rev. Brown is a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School and teaches at the Harvard Divinity School. He has also consulted Fortune 25 Companies on management, leadership and social responsibility. Rev. Brown has a Master of Divinity from the Andover Newton Theological School and attended Harvard Divinity School, where he concentrated in American Church History.



Copy of ChristineColeChristine M. Cole is vice president of Community Resources for Justice and executive director of the Crime and Justice Institute. Previously, she served as executive director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Across 20 years, Christine has accumulated professional experience in policing, institutional and community-based corrections, victim advocacy, community organizing and working on a prosecutorial team. She has extensive experience as a collaborator and facilitator with practitioners, community members and scholars. Christine served as chief of staff at the Executive Office of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts and as interim executive director for the Hauser Center on Non-profit Management at the Kennedy School. Christine has a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School, a Master in Community and Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.



Copy of GlennMartinGlenn E. Martin is founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, a national nonpartisan membership organization that aims to reduce the number of people in prison by half by 2030. Glenn is cofounder of the Education Inside Out Coalition, a 2011-2012 Americas Leaders of Change National Urban Fellow and board member of the College and Community Fellowship, Prisoners Legal Services and the Reset Foundation. He currently serves on Manhattan Community Board 10, the New York City Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, the New York State labor department’s Committee to Address the Chronic Underemployment and Unemployment of African-American Men, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Committee for Work for Success, New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration and the National Network for Safe Communities. Glenn appears regularly on national news outlets such as MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera and CSPAN contributing expertise on topics such as policing, incarceration reduction and reentry issues.



Stewart Wakeling is the Executive Director of California Partnership for Safe Communities. Click here for more on Stewart.


Copy of anthony-a.-braga_ksgarticlefeatureAnthony A. Braga
is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a senior research fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University. Dr. Braga’s research involves collaborating with criminal justice, social service and community-based organizations to address illegal access to firearms, reduce gang and group-involved violence and control crime hot spots. Dr. Braga has published numerous scholarly papers, and his work has been published in top criminology and criminal justice journals. He received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.



meares_traceyTracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University. Previously, she was Max Pam Professor of Law and director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School. She was the first African-American woman to be granted tenure at both institutions. Before going into academia, Prof. Meares held positions clerking for the Hon. Harlington Wood, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and as an honors program trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division. Prof. Meares has worked extensively with the federal government, and most recently President Obama named her as a member of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Prof. Meares’ teaching and research interests focus on criminal procedure and criminal law policy, with an emphasis on empirical investigation of these subjects. Together with Tom Tyler, she directs the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, which plays a central role in a new federal initiative to build trust and confidence in the criminal justice system. She has a Bachelor of Science in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.



papachristos chairAndrew V. Papachristos is an associate professor in the department of sociology, public health, and law (adjunct) at Yale University, the director of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) and a faculty affiliate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. His research applies the growing field of network science to the study of neighborhoods, street gangs and gun violence. Most recently, Papachristos was awarded a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award to examine how violence spreads through high-risk social networks in four cities. He is also involved in the evaluation and implementation of several violence reduction strategies, most notably the Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Group Violence Reduction Strategy in Chicago. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The American Journal of Sociology, City & Community, The Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Urban Health, Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and several edited volumes and other peer-reviewed journals. He is the most recent recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Cavan “Young Scholar” award, given each year to the most outstanding scholar granted a Ph.D. within the previous five years. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.