Powerpoints and Bios
Dr. Jonathan Jay, Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health
Dr. Jonathan Jay studies urban health, especially youth exposure to gun violence, as an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He works at the intersection of data science and community health, focusing on relationships between the built environment and health and safety risks. He leads Shape-Up, a project using analytics to help city residents reduce firearm violence through environmental improvements (winner of the $100k Everytown for Gun Safety Prize and a 2019 Solver with MIT Solve). Dr. Jay previously served as a research fellow for the Firearm-Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium, led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and for the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children's Hospital. He also consults on public health and safety with Portland (OR) Fire & Rescue.Before receiving his doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Jay trained as a lawyer-ethicist and worked in global health policy. He received a BA with honors from Brown University, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University.
Mike Meade, Director of Local Government Affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety
Michael Meade is the Director of Local Government Affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety. In this role, he oversees the organization’s partnership work with law enforcement and other local officials. He also supervises Everytown’s local campaign initiatives that promote and advance policies and solutions to address city gun violence. Before joining Everytown, Michael worked for over a decade in New York State Government, where he last served as the Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. He has a Masters’s in Social Work from Hunter College in New York City.
Brittany Nieto, Community Violence Program Manager at Giffords Law Center’s to Prevent Gun Violence
Brittany Nieto is the program manager of Giffords Law Center’s Community Violence Initiative, where she focuses on using data to support violence reduction efforts in America’s most impacted communities. She has co-authored and contributed to a number of Giffords reports including our 2018 report, A Case Study in Hope, which chronicles Oakland, California’s remarkable reduction in shootings and homicides, and America at A Crossroads, Giffords’ 2020 report exploring ways to support violence intervention and prevention programming with federal funding. Brittany is well-versed in evidence-based, community-driven strategies for addressing community violence. As an advocate for underserved communities, Brittany has engaged in a number of progressive causes, from the affordability of higher education to marriage equality. Before coming to Giffords Law Center, Brittany worked at Sandstrom and Associates as a marketing and administrative assistant and graduated from the University of California, SantaCruz, with a BA in politics.
Mustafa Washington serves as the Office of Violence Prevention’s Programs Manager. He was born and raised in Portland. He is also a proud alumnus of Benson Polytechnic High School. He received his B.S in Business and M.S in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University. He loves how Portland is home to so many beautiful parks. A couple parks he likes to visit with his family are Dawson, Irving, Alberta, and Kenton Parks which are all located in North Portland.
Sarah was born and raised in the Portland Metropolitan Area and her experience growing up as Latinx in a wealthy, predominantly white, community led to her interest in the complex issues and dynamics at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Sarah has dedicated her professional career to advocating for individuals and communities who have historically been marginalized and continue to go underserved in systems that perpetuate oppression. She spent over fifteen years in the nonprofit sector, helping community based organizations redress their own beliefs, practices, and policies with an equity lens, and further align their mission to serving communities with authenticity. Sarah now works for Multnomah County Public Health as leader in the Community and Adolescent Health (CAH) Program, and remains committed to bringing awareness how systemic inequities, including racism, affect our society and the health of individuals. CAH core programs utilize an upstream prevention approach to addressing chronic disease and the leading causes of death in Multnomah County. The CAH team works at the population level to increase protective factors for youth while reducing risk factors that negatively impact their health, and the well being of the communities they are a part of. CAH program design initiatives are comprehensive, place-based, and culturally-specific, while also being identity affirming, LGBTQ+ inclusive, accessible, and trauma informed.
Roy Moore is the program coordinator for the Healing Hurt people Program.
Erika Preuitt is the Director of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ). She has worked for DCJ for over 25 years, committing her career to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable in our communities. Her early career was in Spokane, Washington working for private non-profit organizations serving women, youth and families. She started her career within DCJ as a Probation and Parole Officer working with justice involved women and gang -involved young men. She has served on all levels of management within her organization. Additionally she has championed evidence based practices, culturally and gender responsive programming. Leading an organization in the 21st century has led Erika to invest in trauma informed practice, equity, inclusion and brain science. She has been very effective in this area incepting programs that have received national attention and launching sustainable community efforts such Black Male Achievement Portland. Erika is also an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). She has served on multiple levels of the association and is currently a Past President serving on the Executive Committee. Erika is humbled to serve in leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally, engaging in work that helps justice-involved individuals change their lives and restore their families, building stronger and safer communities.