Ana is the Founder and Executive Director of The Just Trust. She brings more than 15 years of experience working to reform the criminal justice system and a deep commitment to the cause.
Ana started her career as an administrative assistant at The California Appellate Project, which provides post-conviction legal services to individuals under sentence of death. There, she learned about the inefficiencies and injustices of the criminal legal system and became committed to working for large-scale change—first through supporting direct legal work, then policy work, and now as a funder of criminal justice reform advocacy and policy.
Prior to founding The Just Trust, Ana served as the Director of Criminal Justice Reform at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), where she led a cross-functional team working to support decarcerative policy efforts and second chances for all those impacted by the justice system.
Under her leadership, CZI became one of the largest funders of frontline criminal justice reform work in the country—a $143 million portfolio in just under three years—backing efforts and key wins like Measure 110 in Oregon to decriminalize all drug possession; defeating Proposition 20 in California, which sought to roll back key justice reforms; the Clean Slate Initiative, supporting record clearing policies for millions of people in Pennsylvania, Utah, Michigan, and other states; and countless reform and organizing efforts led by directly impacted groups like the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). In addition, she led a team focused on directing dedicated funding for criminal justice reform coalitions in states often passed over like West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Before making the move into the philanthropic sector, Ana worked on state-level criminal justice policy reform at the American Civil Liberties Union for over a decade, ending her tenure there as the Criminal Justice Policy Director for the Northern California region. Using integrated advocacy, Ana advanced issues including sentencing reform, reducing use of the death penalty, legislative and administrative reforms to reduce and remedy wrongful convictions, and greater prosecutorial accountability through voter education and engagement. Ana also served as Deputy Campaign Manager (Yes on 34 in 2012) and Campaign Manager (No on 66 in 2016) on two California ballot measures.
Ana grew up in Portland, Oregon, attended Mills College in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, and stepdaughter.