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Monroe Labouisse, Chair
Monroe Labouisse is a former Silicon Valley executive who is now dedicated to civic and political projects. His tech company jobs included running Customer Service and Trust & Safety for Airbnb, and Consumer Protection for eBay and PayPal. He is now a Mentor to young men on probation through CASA of San Mateo, where he is also a Peer Supervisor, and he is a Mentor through Peninsula Bridge, which supports underserved teens aspiring to go to and complete college. On the JJDPC, Monroe works on mental health and substance abuse program access for at-risk youth.
Karin Huber-Levy, Vice-Chair, Membership
Karin Huber-Levy’s background is in corporate law, with experience working in both in-house and private practice, including acting as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to a major pharmaceutical corporation. She has lived and worked in Canada, the UK, US, and Germany, and has a deep respect and affinity for working with diverse groups and cultures. As a volunteer, she has focused on working with students and is committed to supporting access to education and development opportunities for all youth. As a Commissioner, Karin is committed to advocating for alternatives to youth incarceration and equitable access to diversion programs. Currently, she is working on supporting access to after school and extended learning programs in underserved areas of SMC.
Wesley Liu, Co-Vice-Chair, Administration
Wesley Liu is a student at Pacific Bay Christian School in Pacifica. He currently volunteers with the Marin County Peer Court as a youth advocate. He also serves as a Youth Advisory Board member of the California Association of Youth Courts. Additionally, he serves as a youth leader at San Mateo County's peer court program (Peer Point). He is deeply passionate about juvenile justice. He will continue to advocate for restorative justice principles and work to prevent youth entry into the criminal justice system. He also interns for a congressional campaign. At school, he is the captain of the Speech and Debate Team among other roles. In his spare time, Wesley enjoys teaching Taekwondo.
Ameya Nori, Co-Vice-Chair, Administration
Ameya Nori is a student at Menlo-Atherton High School. He serves as a San Mateo County Youth Commissioner and the Chair of the Restorative Justice Subcommittee. As a commissioner, he hopes to continue to advocate for community intervention programs that support youth development and divert them from the school-to-prison pipeline.
Zahara Agarwal is currently a Junior at Menlo Atherton High School; she lives in the Vintage Oaks neighborhood of Menlo Park. Zahara is a member of the San Mateo County Youth Commission and currently chairs the Youth Commission Civic Engagement Committee. She has been attending JJDPC meetings since last September, as Youth Commission liaison to the JJDPC. Prior to applying to the JJDPC, Zahara worked as a volunteer on the JJDPC Peer Point youth restorative justice-based diversion project; she is currently active on the Peer Point Executive Board. In addition to her Youth Commission and Peer Point work, Zahara has an impressive volunteer resume, including among other interesting volunteer roles, helping Judge Susan Breall of the SF City and County Superior Court vet applicants to the Civil Grand Jury, and as a member of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s Student Advisory Board, Communications & Technology Subcommittee.
Zahara impressed the JJDPC Membership Committee with her desire to increase restorative justice practices in San Mateo County schools, her personal commitment to effecting change through student advocacy and representation, and her ideas for future projects. In May, Zahara presented her work on a website accessible to youth in detention, to connect them with services and programs post-release from detention.
Rebecca Flores is a Human Resources professional at Stanford University. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Community and Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. While in grad school she wrote a policy recommendation for San Mateo County’s Sheriff’s Office on how to implement evidence-based programs in jails to reduce recidivism rates. Since then she has been very involved in finding resources to support her recommendation. She started her work by joining the San Mateo County Youth Commission, then joined the Commission on the Status of Women. She is committed to serving and educating her community, advocating for underrepresented youth, and providing rehabilitative resources that will support the youth in our juvenile justice system. Rebecca is currently on a one year leave of absence from the Commission.
Paul Bocanegra is the cofounder of Reevolution Group, a human rights watch officer for the Children's Division of Human Rights Watch, and a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Paul was sentenced to life without parole when he was 16 years old and served more than 25 years in adult prison. He describes himself as a survivor of Juvenile LWOP and the California prison system. Today Paul works to reform the juvenile criminal justice system by sharing his experiences and struggles within the juvenile and adult systems and institutions.
Whitney Genevro is a native of San Mateo County and resides in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. She graduated with a BA from California State University East Bay and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. Whitney currently works as a conflicts attorney for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a program manager and grant writer for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley for 10 years. A core value of Whitney’s is to be supportive of her community – she grew up with a strong volunteer ethic and became a youth leader at 17. She currently volunteers her time as a youth leader at her church, with Project WeHOPE, Bayshore Christian Ministries, is working on a community garden project at Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School and continues to support Second Harvest as a food sort volunteer. She is also a Law Program facilitator with Fresh Lifelines for Youth in Santa Clara County. Whitney has made it a priority to learn about the juvenile justice system; her goal is to bring more attention to the needs of the system and be a part of positive changes for youth in our county. She has already begun her work as a volunteer with the JJDPC, joining a project team to understand what restorative justice practices are in place in high schools in San Mateo County.
Sathvik Nori is a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School. He joined the JJDPC after witnessing the injustice present in school discipline that results in the school to prison pipeline. He is also the chair of the San Mateo County Youth Commission and Student Trustee for the Sequoia Union High School District. He is working on raising greater awareness of the problems facing youth offenders in the country.
Johanna Rasmussen has been advocating for youth and families in San Mateo County for over thirty years. Her advocacy work in the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice System began when her own daughter entered the system at the age of 13.
Johanna has worked both locally and on the state level to increase funding for community based mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis programs and services for youth and adults. In addition to her criminal justice reform work, Johanna advocates for underserved community members and families on issues relating to housing, special education, disability and employment, and seeks to increase equity and improve transparency at all government levels. Johanna is Chairwoman of the Farm Hill Neighborhood Association in Redwood City and Coordinates the Confirmation Program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
Ruth Singh is a long-time resident of SMC and currently resides in San Bruno. Ruth has been volunteering with the Commission since January and is committed to applying her first-hand lived experience of the challenges within the Juvenile Justice system to effect positive change for youth in detention in our County. Her experiences over the past year with her daughter, who has been at Camp Kemp, have provided her with unique insight into both the positive benefits and the challenges within the juvenile justice system in our county.
Ruth has many years of professional career experience in process improvement and program management. She values working cross-functionally and believes that relationship building is a key factor to effecting change.
The Membership Committee was impressed with Ruth’s sensitivity and compassion, her commitment to work to effect change backed up by solid data and robust processes, and her emphasis on maintaining effective communication and strong relationships with partners to overcome challenges on the road to effecting positive change.
Susan Swope retired as Deputy Director, International Information Integrity Institute at SRI Consulting.She is an active volunteer committed to social justice. She is a Lay Chaplain for the San Francisco Archdiocese, leading communion services at the Youth Services Center, and a mediator for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and the Superior Court’s Juvenile Offender Mediation Program. She served on the board and co-chaired the Restorative Justice Committee for the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Susan has also facilitated Alternatives to Violence Workshops for the incarcerated as well as the general community. She is committed to helping youth meet and overcome their challenges to lead successful, productive lives.
Melissa Wilson has been Commissioner on the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission since 2016. As a child immigrant, she experienced abuse without the protection of the law; thus, she prioritizes seeing the justice system through the eyes of a child, securing a child's legal rights, providing personalized services, and engendering hope. She first began juvenile justice work in her teen years as a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commission. In her first career as a high school teacher, Melissa witnessed many of her literacy students enter the school-to-prison pipeline. After a second career in design, she volunteered as an advocate/mentor to underserved and incarcerated youth through several nonprofits, such as Build, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Each One Reach One, and The Thiebault Method. Her experience in the field and passion for juvenile advocacy have spanned 30+ years.