Community Advisory Board
Our community advisory board guides strategic decision-making and the development of new projects promoting justice in the community. We are in the process of adding members to our Community Advisory Board.
Barbara Fair, born and raised in New Haven, graduated with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. Barbara has spent decades working on issues impacting New Haven and the broader community relative to gun violence, education, housing, criminal justice and prison reform. She is a member of the New Haven Mayor's Police Task Force, the New Haven chapter of the ACLU, and numerous other statewide and national organizations working toward a more compassionate and fair criminal justice system. Barbara co-created the first Juvenile Review Board in New Haven and has received numerous awards for community service and youth empowerment.
Beatrice Codianni, a human rights activist for 50 years, is the managing editor of Reentry Central, a national website on issues regarding criminal justice and reintegration. Beatrice is the co-founder and co-facilitator of the Women's Resettlement Working Group, a component of Project Fresh Start. She is also the vice-president of the Quinnipiac East Management Team, a community advocacy group. Beatrice received the 2016 Community Partnership Award from the Bridgeport Reentry Roundtable. A formerly incarcerated woman, Beatrice is a founding member of Real Women Real Voices and also of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Beatrice is a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform.
Jerry Smart is an African American single father and community health worker (CHW) at the Transitions Clinic, where he coordinates medical care and social service support for chronically ill patients recently released from prison. Becoming certified as a CHW has allowed Jerry to give back to the community he lives in and help others in his community coming home from prison. Jerry has been able to channel his longstanding, 15-year commitment to community work into an expertise and now a career, as his experience at Transitions has inspired him to pursue higher education and a degree in social work. Since 2012, Jerry has been a Steering Committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinic Scholars Program and a member of the ForDD clinic at Yale, a dual diagnosis intervention program for people who are mentally ill and have substance abuse issues. Within the next year, Jerry will start taking courses at Yale and Southern Connecticut State University in order to pursue his dreams of becoming a social worker.
Our staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the bail fund.
Brett Davidson — Co-founder / Executive Director
Brett is a recent graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Political Science. At Yale, he performed improv comedy and volunteered with the Yale Refugee Project to support refugee resettlement in New Haven. He has received fellowships from the National Lawyers Guild, the Yale Political Science Department, and the Samuel Huntington Foundation to support his activism, as well as the 2016 Wright Memorial Prize for the best work of creative nonfiction by a student in Yale College. His full-time work for the Connecticut Bail Fund is made possible by the Gordon Grand Fellowship for Public Service.
Scott Greenberg — Co-founder / CO-director
Scott is a researcher at the Yale School of Medicine studying mass incarceration and health. He works at Transitions Clinic, the first clinic to provide primary care solely to individuals coming home from prison. Previously he was a researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice and other national publications. Scott graduated from Vassar College and studied abroad in Cairo, Rio de Janeiro and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Simone Seiver — Co-founder / co-director
Simone is a senior at Yale University, where she is pursuing a four-year B.A./M.A. in political science. She is co-president of the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, an organization that operates education programs inside correctional facilities in Connecticut. On campus, she researches criminal justice policy as a Dahl Scholar through the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Outside of school, she has worked as a journalist. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Marshall Project, Newsweek, and The Connecticut Mirror.
Patrick Sullivan — Co-founder / co-director
Patrick is a junior at Yale University, where he is pursuing his B.A. in American Studies. He is co-director of Advocacy and Awareness for the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project (YUPP). Additionally, he mentors at Manson Youth Institution as part of the Men’s Mentoring Program for YUPP. Outside of criminal justice work, Patrick fosters a more positive sexual and social climate on campus as a Communication and Consent Educator and serves as director of an improv comedy troupe.