A Letter from the Board of Directors
We believe that existing training models are inept, outdated and ineffective and can no longer be accepted as States’ justification for deadly force and aggressive police practices. The consequences of these training failures demand a comprehensive, long overdue reconstruction of criminal justice training on a national scale.
We do not ignore the daunting challenge ahead to enact meaningful reform. We have no illusions that there are quick fixes or that all who are affected will embrace change.
Yet, in the face of this struggle, we must look to the courage of communities from Ferguson to Pittsburgh that are demanding accountability and have committed to generating needed change.
As a population, we can no longer deny the failure of our criminal justice system’s scarce oversight and training of officers and its devastating impact on, overwhelmingly, vulnerable communities. We simply owe more to our nation, our fellow citizens and ourselves.
As we harness this historical moment of awareness, we invite you to join us in taking up this urgent cause for fundamental reform.
The ICJTR Board of Directors
Laura Sherwood, President
Ariel Gordon, Secretary
Caitlin Shrigley, Treasurer
Courtney Bloodgood, Chair, Communications/PR Committee
Chuck Tyler, Chair, Development Committee
Randy Shrewsberry, Executive Director
Ariel is an attorney who specializes in complex litigation. In addition to significant experience representing non-profit organizations, she has represented incarcerated individuals on conditions of confinement issues such as unlawful use of force, denial of medical care, and violations of religious liberty. Ms. Gordon is a graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School.
Courtney is a UCLA Honors graduate with a BA in Communication Studies. She is a self-motivated and natural leader, excelling in many fields.
Courtney’s expertise has far ranges, as she has coordinated with partners, increased awareness of organizations through marketing, implemented effective project management, and ensured successful on-boarding of clients and employees through training and management.
Laura is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has had a lifetime of working across boundaries and finding commonality with people from all backgrounds, perspectives and cultures. She is also a national trainer for adaptive leadership in her denomination and places high value on openness to change and flexibility in ever-changing environments.
Chuck is a US Army combat veteran and veteran political operative skilled in building capacity, growing leaders, and moving targets for candidate and issue campaigns.
As one of the first volunteers to join the Institute, Chuck has contributed his organizing skills to the Institute in roles such as and a member of the Community Impact Team.
In 2018, Chuck joined the Institute’s Board of Directors and he currently is the Development Committee Chair.
Randy is a former police officer, having served in Ohio, South Carolina, and Indiana for more than a decade. He’s held a variety of roles throughout his law enforcement career such as patrol, patrol supervision, training, investigations, crime prevention, inter-agency intelligence, warrants, community corrections, court services, and was contracted by the U. S. Marshal’s Office.
Caitlin develops strategies for non-profits, social enterprises and foundations to better engage communities they serve. Her work spans a variety of disciplines including uncovering best practices for teaching civic engagement for California’s Department of Justice and Department of Education, working on international climate mitigation projects with the Packard Foundation, and developing strategies to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.