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Staff & Board


Krishnaveni Gundu
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Dalila Reynoso
Community Advocate & Organizer
Gabriela Barahona
Program Associate
Tamera Hutcherson
Community Organizer
Goldie VanZandt
Client Advocate

Board of Directors

Alycia Welch
Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, TJP Board Chair
Sarah Sloan
Clinical Associate Prof, UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Maria Anna Esparza
Former President of the TJP Board
Sandra Smith
Peer Programs Manager, Via Hope
Eboni Calbow
Clinical Assistant Prof, UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Lisa Hoyt
Lead Assistant General Counsel, TX Dept of AG
David Hanson
Software Engineer


Matt Simpson
Advisory Board Member, Legislative Consultant
Fran Clark
Advisory Board Member
Diana Claitor

Diversity Statement

TJP’s board members include men and women who are of various races and nationalities, and who come to the issue of jail reform from distinct political vantage points and personal experiences. The TJP Board includes an educator/community organizer, a mental health advocate, a crimininal justice policy expert, mental health policy expert, attorney, a mathematician/environmental activist, a documentarian-videographer, and a software engineer/product manager/graphics designer. Our board’s diversity, however, runs much deeper than these array of vocations. We are also people of color, LGBTQ, and from a range of religious and non-religious traditions.

Because TJP seeks to improve on our inclusiveness and to reflect the community we serve, all members of the board and staff have signed the following diversity statement:

  • The TJP board and staff will actively seek new board members who reflect the community we serve, i.e. board members who are people of color, people with low income, people who identify as LGBTQ, people formerly incarcerated, and people living with mental conditions. We also seek a balance of gender and age and bilingual Spanish/English abilities, with a goal of ten board members by the end of 2017.
  • To include more perspectives directly relating to the people we serve, TJP shall strive to include people of color and those formerly incarcerated in staff positions.
  • The TJP board and staff shall encourage a more diverse group of volunteers from marginalized communities in all parts of Texas.

Programs and Services:

Texas Jail Project has a commitment to operate programs and provide services that are inclusive, respectful and that honor all cultural perspectives. No person shall be excluded from TJP programs or services on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, income level, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or military status, or for any other discriminatory reason. Accordingly, we will not knowingly refer people who come to us for information, programs or services to any organization that engages in unlawful discriminatory practices.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

It is the policy of Jail Project of Texas (DBA Texas Jail Project) to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status.

The Jail Project of Texas is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of the Jail Project of Texas to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is the policy of the Jail Project of Texas to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

The policy applies to all employment practices and actions. It includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, job application process, examination and testing, hiring, training, disciplinary actions, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, classification, transfer, reassignment and promotions. The Jail Project of Texas designated person for issues concerning Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity is Diana Claitor, 13121 Louetta Road #1330, Cypress TX 77429, 512 469-7665, and info@texasjailproject.org