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.

Chelsea Esquibias, Regional Coordinator. Chelsea is partnered with the Central Valley and San Diego regions to include 34 colleges and prisons to further educational opportunities and support for students currently experiencing incarceration and carceral impact. Previously, Chelsea has lead many initiatives including an Associate Degree for Transfer program across ten California prisons. She has extensive knowledge of the Community College System, Guided Pathways, and the Vision for Success. Her partnerships with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provide her the opportunity to collaborate and build equitable practices for student success. Chelsea was appointed to the California Board for Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, Kern County Workforce Development Board, and has received numerous awards including the Top 20 Professionals Under 40. Chelsea has served on numerous non-profit boards in her community. She has earned her Bachelors in Business Management, Masters in Organizational Leadership, and completed all coursework for her Doctorate in Leadership.

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