AFSC Arizona Staff

Caroline headshotCaroline Isaacs, MSW, Program Director cisaacs@afsc.org

Caroline has worked with AFSC Arizona since 1995. As Program Director (2004–present), she has sharpened the criminal justice work of the office into the respected, go-to prisoner rights organization in Arizona. Isaacs’ work currently focuses on fighting prison expansion and for-profit privatization, and changing Arizona’s sentencing laws. Caroline holds a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University.

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Matthew Lowen, MA, Associate Program Director | mlowen@afsc.org 

Matthew began as the Program Coordinator for AFSC Arizona in 2005, and has been the Associate Program Director since 2013. He has led the effort in Arizona to end the use of solitary confinement in prisons, focuses on conditions of confinement, and collaborates with community partners on issues of immigrant detention and criminalization. Matthew has a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Arizona.

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Emily Verdugo, MA, Program Coordinator | everdugo@afsc.org

As Program Coordinator since May 2015, Emily is engaged with a burgeoning new area of work, the “Treatment Industrial Complex.” She is shaping and implementing a campaign to confront the for-profit private prison industry as they make moves to co-opt alternatives to incarceration such as diversion programs, probation, and other treatment programs. Emily holds a Master in Public Management from Northern Arizona University.

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2016-03-22_09.00.12Grace Gámez, PhD, Program Coordinator | ggamez@afsc.org 

Grace directs AFSC’s multi-media storytelling project, Reframing Justice. With Reframing Justice, she draws upon her previous research, Fierce Mamas’ Rising, to design a program that centers the voices and experiences of formerly incarcerated/convicted people and their loved ones. Her commitment to mobilizing the power and knowledge of formerly incarcerated/convicted people is informed by her own experience in Arizona’s criminal punishment system. Grace holds a doctorate in Justice Studies from Arizona State University, and a Master of Science in Mexican American Studies and Public Health from the University of Arizona.

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BeccaRebecca Fealk, MA, Program Coordinator | rfealk@afsc.org

Rebecca Fealk has been focused on prison reform issues since 2011, when she was hired to design and implement the Yavapai Reentry Project, a prisoner reentry program for Yavapai County, AZ. Much of her policy research has focused on prisoner reentry barriers and the for-profit private prison industry. Rebecca graduated in 2015 with a Master in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, focusing in nonprofit management and criminal policy.