BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joan has long been a volunteer reading tutor with young children. She came to understand that the children she was tutoring (and whose innate talents she recognized) might well be on the school-to-prison pipeline if they couldn’t read on grade level by end of third grade. She landed on the idea of a community bail fund for those sent to jail upon arrest just because they could not afford bail. With the hard work and coordination of many others, particularly her friend Martin Brown, the NCBF was formed. Joan continues to study and remain active as an advocate on criminal justice issues and is hoping to help find a way to end that school-to-prison pipeline.
Aisha is a career public defender and indigent defense advocate. She earned her JD from Vanderbilt Law School and worked in Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office for 9 years, first as an Assistant Public Defender, then as a General Sessions Court Team Leader & ultimately as the Deputy Public Defender. In 2019, she became the Executive Director of Still She Rises, Inc. located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first holistic defense office in the country dedicated to working exclusively with mothers in the criminal and civil legal systems.
DR. ROSEVELT L. NOBLE
Rosevelt Noble attended Vanderbilt University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Sociology and Human & Organizational Development. In 2003, he completed a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in Sociology with a dissertation entitled, Race Matters: Black Rage in the American Prison System. A scholar of the American criminal justice system, he has publications pertaining to the interracial dynamics of prison violence, racial disparities in incarceration sentences, and he is currently working on a publication examining racial bias in the jury selection process in capital punishment cases. He has worked as a quantitative research consultant for the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the Federal Prosecutors Office, and several law firms. In the fall of 2002, he started teaching in the Vanderbilt Sociology Department as a Senior Lecturer while simultaneously working at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as the Director of the Workforce Investment Act. After leaving state government in 2014, he continued teaching at Vanderbilt and became a Senior Fellow at The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt. In 2017, he was named Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt.
REVEREND DAVIE TUCKER
Reverend Tucker is the Pastor of Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church and currently serves as the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs for American Baptist College. He is a member of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, Nashville Baptist Ministers Conference and director of the Center for Equity, Change and Sustainability, and a Commissioner on the Metro Human Relations Commission. He is also the founder and chairperson of the Center for Imagination, Inc., an after school program focusing on at-risk youth. Reverend Tucker strongly believes that the current criminal justice system in America is wealth-based and negatively and disproportionately impacts persons who are resource challenged. He is committed to system reform and the advocacy for those adversely affected.
DR. CRAIG PHILIP
Dr. Craig Philip is Research Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Transportation Center at Vanderbilt University; his research focus includes infrastructure sustainability and resilience, transport safety and regulatory policy. He came to Nashville in 1982 to join Ingram Industries and was CEO of their Marine Transport businesses until his retirement in 2014. He began his career with Conrail and later Southern Pacific Railroads, after earning a PHD from MIT and Bachelors degree from Princeton. He is active in numerous professional societies and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. Professor Philip has been actively engaged in campus worked involving mental health and social justice and is presently involved with the Vanderbilt Prison Project as Faculty Advisor and the Advisory Board for the Vanderbilt Recovery Support Program. In the community he has served on the Boards of the Rochelle Center, Franklin Road Academy, and the Nashville Civic Design Center. He currently serves on the Boards of Cumberland Heights, the Cumberland River Compact, the National Waterways Foundation and Seamen’s Church Institute.
Tracey Shafroth has worked as a philanthropy advisor to family foundations across the country for the past three decades. Her current philanthropy work is focused on criminal justice, climate change, food waste and land conservation. She has worked in Nashville since 2013 and helped to establish the Nashville Community Bail Fund in 2014. She serves on the Michigan Advisory Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, on the Midwest Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, as a board member of the Nashville Community Bail Fund, as a fellow with the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, as a strategic advisor to the Vital Lands Program of the Grand Victoria Foundation, and as a volunteer for Freshwater Futures.