Prison University Project Welcomes Three New Staff Members

By Mount Tamalpais College | June 1, 2018

This spring, the Prison University Project welcomed three new staff members:

Jeanie Kirk, Grants Officer

Before joining the Prison University Project, Jeanie was a Senior Grant Writer with Julep Consulting, where she managed foundation fundraising applications for The Data Center, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Foundation for Louisiana, the Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans Office, and Common Edge Collaborative, in addition to supporting the fundraising capacity of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign, and GNO, Inc. Her consulting work in New Orleans began with a focus on coastal resilience and restoration funding campaigns, but through building stalwart relationships with intersectional organizations, her work expanded to include writing in support of justice reform, racial reconciliation, data literacy, and social justice. She began her career in philanthropy in San Francisco with The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, where she served for four years as the Program Manager for the chapter’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team, a $30 million/year fundraising unit. Jeanie has an MA from Columbia University focused on climate change and sustainable development, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Richmond. She has traveled extensively and lived in Europe, India, and Latin America and is based in Portland, Oregon.

Derrius Jones, On-Site Program Coordinator

Derrius is a recent graduate of The College of Wooster in Ohio with a major in Africana Studies and a minor in Sociology. While in undergrad, he served as a student representative during administrative meetings to discuss improving student experience and sat on the board of the Diversity, Equity, and Strategic planning committee. He devoted his research to developing effective reentry methods and improving development for low income urban communities.

Jared Rothenberg, Development and Communications Associate

Before joining the Prison University Project, Jared worked as an educator for The Mosaic Project in Oakland, CA. Prior to that, he taught at a bilingual public school in Madrid, Spain and founded a nonprofit focused on environmental justice education in Providence, RI. Committed to radically inclusive, student-centered learning, he brings a passion for teaching, program coordination, and nonprofit development to this role. Jared earned a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Brown University.

Please note that the Prison University Project became Mount Tamalpais College in September 2020.

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