Emily NaPier Singletary
co-FOUNDER and co-executive director
Emily has worked to dismantle systems of punishment for over 15 years as an organizer, advocate, researcher, and educator. She spent 12 years with the Center for Community Alternatives, first as a research associate and eventually as Director of Justice Strategies, the agency's research, training, public advocacy, and policy division. There she played a lead role multiple local and statewide campaigns, most recently to remove the criminal history question from the admissions application for the State University of New York (SUNY) and to stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in New York. Emily has taught at Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Onondaga Community College, and Cornell University's Prison Education Program. She holds an MA in Sociology from Syracuse University. Her personal experience as a family member of incarcerated loved ones drives and informs her work.
co-founder and co-executive director
Derek is pursuing a dual-major BA in Business Administration and Sociology from Adams State University through their prison college program. He is currently incarcerated in the New York State prison system. In 2016, he spent three months in solitary confinement for his role in a peaceful protest of prison conditions on the anniversary of the Attica rebellion. As a teenager, he was pushed out of several schools and first went to jail at the age of 16 where he earned his GED. In addition to his advocacy, Derek is a writer and an artist. He brings a lifetime of experience surviving various aspects of the carceral state to his work.
SeQuoia Kemp was born and raised in Syracuse, NY where she is a community organizer, health justice advocate, public health educator, and community-based doula. In 2016, she received her bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester, where she served in various leadership capacities advocating for the improved treatment of Black students and other students of color on campus. She has spent the past several years organizing with Black Lives Matter Syracuse. Most recently, SeQuoia helped organize and lead Syracuse's first #FreeBlackMamas campaign as an effort to bring light to the injustice of the cash bail system. Her experience providing direct support to victims of state violence while using a public health framework inspires her to continue fighting for the liberation of all oppressed people.
Alan Rosenthal, Esq.
counsel and adviser on special projects
Alan is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with over 40 years of experience. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, he has litigated cases involving serious felonies, police misconduct, and violations of civil rights in both jails and prisons. For seven years he served as the Director of Justice Strategies, the research, training and policy initiative of the Center for Community Alternatives. As the Director of Justice Strategies he supervised and provided mitigation services in capital cases as well as all levels of sentencing advocacy. He is currently in private practice providing sentencing consulting services to defense attorneys throughout New York State. Alan has served on the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and the Special Committee on Reentry. He has also written many practice articles on sentencing in New York. In March 2006 he was honored with the Outstanding Service to the Criminal Bar Award by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Wilfred R. O’Connor Award presented by the New York State Defenders Association.