About Us

About Us

Corrections to College California is a project of Renewing Communities, a four-year initiative designed to build a network of bridges from corrections to college in California. Renewing Communities is a joint initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. 

Corrections to College California is supported by 13 state and national foundations and groups, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Ford Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation, The Ballmer Group, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Weingart Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The Art for Justice Fund.

Our Team

Rebecca Silbert, DirectorRebecca directs Corrections to College, which begin in 2015. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law where she, along with the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, developed the strategic plan for what became Corrections to College. Rebecca has extensive experience managing large research and policy projects in the areas of higher education, reentry, and criminal defense. Prior to her five years at the Warren Institute, Rebecca tried cases for nine years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California. She earlier worked as an associate at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco as well as with the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children. Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1996) and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley (1991).

Kellie NadlerDeputy Director. Kellie supports the project’s mission by managing the implementation of Corrections to College's projects, providing technical assistance throughout the state, and developing open-sourced and replicable resources. Kellie also serves on the Board of Directors for Spark, a philanthropic network of young professionals improving the lives of women around the globe. Previously, Kellie was a lecturer in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University where they taught creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and college-level research. During their time at Eastern Michigan University, Kellie taught incarcerated women, adults struggling with literacy, marginalized youth, and college students. Kellie has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with a focus in community engagement from Eastern Michigan University.

Danny Murillo, Research and Program Analyst. Danny works to empower formerly incarcerated students by creating a network of students throughout California who have successfully made the transition from incarceration to higher education. Danny was most recently a program analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice, a counselor with Rutgers University’s NJ-STEP program, and a John W. Gardner Fellow in Public Service at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015, with a degree in Ethnic Studies. Danny was also a national policy intern at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he researched the economic impact of incarceration on communities of color. Also while at UC Berkeley, he co-founded the Underground Scholars Initiative, an organization dedicated to supporting students who have been personally impacted by incarceration. 

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