Pamela Brooks is a Past President of Social Justice Matters, Inc., and currently serves as Corresponding Secretary for the organization. She is a librarian, holding a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in English from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her work in the community includes a longstanding commitment to Next Chapter Book Clubs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where she loves sharing an appreciation of reading, and volunteer involvement with Westfield Area Y Achievers, where she enjoys helping young people develop their writing skills.
Pamela E. Brownstein is a member of Social Justice Matters, Inc. As president of Jaffe Brownstein Strategies, Pamela creates content and strategy for professional services firms, businesses and nonprofits. Previously, she was a government and legal affairs reporter and editor. She has a B.A. in Government from Colby College and participated in the Herbert J. Davenport Fellowship in Business and Economics Reporting at the University of Missouri. In her volunteer work, she has advised high school students on how to improve their writing and has been involved with nonprofits ranging in focus from legal services to housing.
Claudia E. Cohen, PhD, is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association in Westfield, a co-chair of the Social Justice Team at Beacon UU Congregation in Summit and a member of the Summit Interfaith Council’s Anti-Racism Committee. She is a scholar-practitioner with expertise in the areas of constructive conflict resolution and intergroup dialogue. For the last several years she has worked with the organizations above, and now with ARCC, to create opportunities for safe yet truthful interracial learning and dialogue in Union County. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UC San Diego. She has been on faculty at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and most recently at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Alexis Jemal, LCSW, JD, PhD, is a creative educator and critical social problem solver who studies and practices the art and science of community and cultural organizing, community consciousness development, mobilization, and action for transformative, healing, and restorative justice. Dr. Jemal established ARCC with the hopes of combining transformative potential development and collaborative, community-based organizing for social justice and equity. She’s excited for ARCC to grow into a strong collaborative force.
Leland McGee is the Co-Founder and President of Social Justice Matters, Inc., a non-profit organization is committed to exploring the values and opportunities arising from our diverse communities, and to working together to foster equity and challenge racism, thereby achieving greater social justice. He is a retired New Jersey Administrative Law Judge, and is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University-Newark and Kean University. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, a J.D. from Rutgers University-Newark, an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Doctoral student in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elisa Sananman is the Founder and Executive Director of New Jersey Connect, a non-profit organization developing affordable, barrier-free apartments for people with physical disabilities. Formerly a CPA, Elisa holds an MBA in accounting from Rutgers University and an MA in Anthropology from the University of California. She believes that a few committed people working together can make big changes in the community.
Elizabeth Wolf is the President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield, on the Board of Directors of the Westfield Community Center, and a member of the Diversity Action Committee of Westfield 2020. A legal editor for over thirty years, Elizabeth holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Texas at Austin. As a community social justice activist, Elizabeth lives by the words of Dr. King: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”