NC Second Chance Alliance, 2012-2013 Steering Committee

The Center for Community Transitions strengthens our community by helping people with criminal records find a healthier and more productive way of living. Our work provides employment and transitions services, supports alternatives to incarceration, and restores and strengthens family bonds.

Myra Clark, Executive Director

Erik Ortega, Program Director


Community Success Initiative (CSI) was founded as a non-profit corporation in May 2004 with a vision to create communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.

Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director

Congregations for Social Justice
is a coalition of Raleigh faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Raleigh for all people. Among its 28 members are Pullen Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mennonite Church, Community United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. CSJ consists of a core group plus task groups on affordable housing and community corrections.

James Hodge, Chair, CSJ Task Force on Community Corrections

John Hawes, Member, CSJ Task Force on Community Corrections


Good Work is a community development collaborative with a mission to strengthen communities through culturally appropriate support. Good Work supports community entrepreneurs, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community partners through consulting, coaching, training, and collaboration. Since 1991, year after year, Good Work helps generate jobs and contribute to the community's economic development.

John Parker, Contact


For nearly 50 years, MDC has helped organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity. An essential part of MDC's philosophy is that the pathway to opportunity is cleared by creating equity—removing the social, financial, and educational barriers that make it harder for those left behind to take advantage of the opportunities America offers. MDC creates programs that employ integrated, sustainable solutions that connect people with the financial supports that can stabilize their lives, the education and training they need to get better jobs, and the industries that will benefit from their labors and improve the entire community.

Tiki Windley, Program Manager


The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice. As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.


Passage Home fights poverty and homelessness by strengthening families and neighborhoods. We are a nationally recognized faith-based nonprofit community development corporation that has been serving Wake County, NC since 1991.

Jeanne Tedrow, Chief Executive Officer


The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in August, 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by a multi-disciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believe that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression.

Daryl Atkinson, Staff Attorney


Summit House, a residential alternative-to-prison program for mothers convicted of a non-violent crime and their minor children, is a non-profit that serves all 100 North Carolina counties and saves state tax payers over $1million net annually. Summit House empowers convicted mothers to break the multigenerational cycle of poverty, violence, and substance abuse that is their history, and to create a new life for themselves and their children.

Bill Shelton, Executive Director

In addition to these organizations, several individuals serve on the Steering Committee as at-large members, including several directly-impacted individuals.

At-large members:

Lynn Burke

Kari Hamel

Sheldon Howard

Jim Korth

Susan Pollitt