A team is on your side every step of the way.

We are committed to building a team that is dedicated to Justice Reform.

Shirin Senegal

Executive Director – Ronnie’s House


Shirin Senegal is Ronnie Senegal’s Widow, the Executive Director of Ronnie’s House and the founder of the Long Beach Re-entry Collaborative.

Shirin has been a tech and marketing entrepreneur for over 20 years, a published author, and a talk show host.

In 2019, shirin opened the first business Accelerator in Long Beach, CA to support minority and women-owned businesses.  The Business Accelerator was in collaboration with the City of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, supported by Living Cities Foundation and Citi Bank Foundation.

Shirin is also a stanch advocate for Cannabis Equity in the City of Long Beach. She has advocated has since 2017 pushing forward policy forward since 2017., to ensure that those who have been affected by the War on Drugs are included in the Economic Benefits of the Cannabis Industry.

Steve Neal

President of the Board -Ronnie’s House


Steven Neal is the Past Council Member for the 9th District, in Long Beach, CA. He is currently the Vice President of the Port of Long Beach Commission,Vice President of the Uptown Business District, and the President of the Board of Ronnie’s House.

Steve focuses on workforce development and facilitating relationships with unions and workforce agencies to help provide living wage job opportunities for our clients.

Billy Brown

Violence Prevention/Youth Programs


Billy Brown went from a five-year prison incarceration to earning his masters degree in Policy from Cal State Long Beach and a degree from LBCC.

His life experience led him to be a leader in Violence Prevention and Reentry Work.

Billy Launched the Safe Passages program, during the height of the Long Beach Violence, which has since been adopted across the Country.

Karen Cervantes Jimenez

Special Needs Coordinator / Reentry Administrative Support


Karen is our Special needs coordinator to ensure the community we serve is served in the most equitable way possible.  She ensures we meet our clients where they are, who attend our workshops and training.

Wade Martin PHD

Director of Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Wade Martin is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University, Long Beach. He works primarily in the area of risk analysis related to business development and sustainability for local economic development. He has worked on research and development projects for Downtown Long Beach Alliance, CalRECYLES, the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the USDA Forest Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Government of Indonesia and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Institute for International Development. Dr. Martin has published in numerous academic journals, edited three books and been a commentator on Market Place on NPR as well as for numerous newspapers. He has served as editor-in-chief of the academic journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Pastor Wood

Founder of the Freedom School and Success In Challenges.


Dr. Leon Wood is a Pastor, PHD, and Author who has worked in Justice reform for over 40 years.  He and his wife Paula Wood are the founders of the Freedom School as a part of the initiative with the Children’s Defense Fund and Success in Challenges 501 (c3) 

Paula Wood –Co-Founder of Freedom School and Success in Challenges


Paula Wood has helped thousands of young people become scholars and families with resources.  As Co-Founder of Success in Challenges and the Freedom School, she has been an educator and healer for well over 20 years.   Under her leadership, families of those impacted by the justice system receive supportive services.