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WE ARE IN A NATIONAL RECKONING.

THE PROBLEM

We are in the midst of a national reckoning over crime and punishment, and what it will take to achieve public health and safety. Yet for decades, lawmakers and the media have overlooked the perspective, voice, and expertise of those closest to mass criminalization. As a result, misinformation spreads, fear wins out over reason, and the status quo prevails.

ZEALOUS AIMS TO RIGHT THIS HISTORIC IMBALANCE.

ZEALOUS WORKS WITH PUBLIC DEFENDERS, ADVOCATES, AND PEOPLE WITH DIRECT EXPERIENCES TO HARNESS:

Collaboration

Identify key allies and build trust to fight together.

Campaigns

Use multi-dimensional strategies to change laws.

Social Media

Harness new tools to raise awareness and drive action.

Traditional Media

Work with journalists to share the injustices we see.

New Media

Propel policy change with video, web, data, technology, and art.

Narrative Shifting

Command language to disrupt the status quo.

Storytelling

Communicate experiences for maximum impact.

OUR VALUES

Building.

Zealous listens and supports. We don’t “empower” or “give voice.” We provide opportunities for local partners to grasp their power and find the voice they always have had.

Relationships.

Zealous doesn’t invite ourselves into local jurisdictions or coalitions. We are always invited to do the work.

Arts.

At Zealous arts are integral to this work and our process. Artists are not just hired guns. They are partners from the very beginning.

Awareness.

Given the half-century of fearmongering media, press, and politics that has driven mass incarceration, we don’t downplay the power of awareness.

Process.

Collaborative Advocacy means working intentionally and meaningfully in partnership on initiatives, in recognition of the fact that how we work matters as much as the work itself.

The Team

Scott Hechinger

Executive Director & Founder

Demetrius Titus

Deputy Executive Director

Crystal Maloney

Managing Director

Alexzandria Poole

Director of Defender Initiatives

Olayemi Olurin

Director of Media Advocacy

Jacqueline Williams

Regional and Prison Program Director

Pallavi Daga

Design and Experiences Manager

Tanya Lozano

Local Organizing Lead

Asia Johnson

Senior Associate of Storytelling and Local Organizing

Esul Burton

Senior Associate of Policy and Strategy

Khue Tran

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Davis Rich

Truth and Justice Associate

Advisory Council

Alex Bunnin

Chief Defender

Harris County, Texas

Brendon Woods

Chief Defender

Alameda County, California

James Foreman

Writer, Former Public Defender, Professor

Yale Law School

Jonathan Rapping

Founder & Director

Gideon’s Promise

Josie Duffy-Rice

Journalist & Lawyer

President of The Appeal

Khalil Cumberbatch

Chief Strategist

New Yorkers United for Justice

Lara Bazelon

Professor, Writer Advocate

University of San Francisco School of Law

Meena Harris

Activist and Founder

Phenomenal Woman Campaign

Rabia Chaudry

Advocate, Author, & Podcaster

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Raj Jayadev

Founder

Silicon Valley De-Bug

Samuel Sinyangwe

Data Scientist, Policy Analyst, & Activist

Founder of Campaign Zero

Soledad O’Brien

Journalist, Author, & Philanthropist

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Careers

Zealous is at an extraordinary moment of growth and potential impact. In the position(s) linked below, you will find an overview of our work and job descriptions. Please share these listings widely with your networks.

Designer

Zealous is looking to add an exceptionally creative and talented designer with strong animation and illustration capabilities to co-lead visual and experience design across Zealous’ national and local campaigns, events and trainings, and on and offline media advocacy projects across the country. In addition, the designer will collaborate with in-house and external artists, thinkers and community members to strategize and manage the various creative initiatives across the organization. Read more →

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2022

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a resume, a portfolio of design work and letter of interest stating clear the position you are interested in to careers@zealo.us.

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