AFSC-AZ Staff

Caroline1EditCaroline Isaacs, MSW
Program Director
cisaacs@afsc.org

Caroline has worked with AFSC-AZ 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.


Grace1editedGrace Gámez, PhD
Program Coordinator
ggamez@afsc.org 

Grace runs the ReFraming Justice Project, where she works to position directly impacted people to challenge models of justice that are rooted in punishment towards ones that embrace radical community-making and healing. Dr. Gámez is a 2018 “Lead with Conviction” fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, a published author, researcher, and public speaker. She holds a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and a Master of Science degree in Mexican American Studies & Public Health from the University of Arizona.


Tiera AFSC Headhot 2Tiera Rainey, MA
Program Coordinator
trainey@afsc.org

Tiera oversees the Treatment Industrial Complex (TIC) Project which aims to end the expansion of private prisons into healthcare, rehabilitation, and community corrections. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College and M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. An abolitionist, Tiera also volunteers her time with Black Lives Matter-Tucson and the Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund respectively.


Becca3Rebecca Fealk, MPA
Program Coordinator
rfealk@afsc.org

Rebecca has worked in both direct services and policy realm addressing the harm of the prison industrial complex. Her work focuses on putting research into practical and humane policy, specifically addressing barriers at reentry, sentencing structures, and public health approaches to end the criminalization of addiction. Rebecca graduated in 2015 with a Master in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, focusing on nonprofit management and criminal policy.


Joe2editJoe Watson, BA
Comms Director 
jwatson@afsc.org

Joe has two decades’ worth of experience in journalism and spent more than 10 years inside the criminal punishment system. An alum of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism, Joe has reported on issues related to mass incarceration for multiple outlets, including Village Voice Media and Prison Legal News. He has been honored for his work by the Arizona Press Club and was a 2018 MacDowell Colony fellow. Joe hosts AFSC-AZ’s ReFraming Justice podcast.


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Jason Martinez, MA
Administrative Associate
jmartinez@afsc.org

Jason grew up in Albuquerque, NM, a city that has been home to his family for many generations. As a student at the University of New Mexico, he happened upon a flamenco dance class and became entranced by this unique art form. He met his wife through flamenco and they toured together as part of a dance company.  Jason holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and obtained his M.A. in Communication from Northern Arizona University. He produces the Between The Lines with Jason Martinez podcast promoting Tucson culture.


natemckowen-headshotNate McKowen
Media Arts Intern
nmckowen@afsc.org

Nate is a filmmaker, writer, and an advocate for sentencing reform. He helps produce social media content, graphics, videos, and the ReFraming Justice podcast. Prior to his own incarceration, Nate graduated from the New York Film Academy. He is currently working on a documentary about the barriers that prevent people from successfully re-entering society post-incarceration.