Pam Clifton

Pam Clifton

Communications Coordinator

Pam Clifton is CCJRC’s Communication Coordinator. She studied psychology and sociology at the University of Colorado and University of Washington. She has also spent the last two years studying film making at the Open Media Foundation. Pam joined the staff of CCJRC in 2006 to see collateral consequences reduced, drug laws changed, parole laws reformed and the warehousing of people in Colorado stopped. Since 2002, she has also worked as a fundraiser and supervisor for a local fundraising organization that raises money for non-profit and political organizations around the country. She believes that we must do whatever it takes to reintegrate people successfully back into communities which includes making sure that they understand their rights; especially their right to vote. Pam served seven years in prison in Colorado for a minor drug conviction and successfully completed parole in 2005.

Juston L. Cooper, M.P.A.

Deputy Director

Juston Cooper is a native of Denver Colorado graduating from Denver public schools in 1996, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing from Metropolitan State University and Masters in  Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.   His varied career has a proven record of success working on social justice issues through political engagement, public policy, strategic planning, organizational development, coalition building and grass roots organizing.   Juston’s work has been instrumental in the public sector with an extended career working in non-profit organizations, helping build and implement public health and safety strategies that address criminal and juvenile justice reform.  Mr. Cooper inserts that it’s essential to build and mobilize political power in community,  and in order to do so, we must understand the systemic issues and barriers oppressed communities face in order to truly provide health and safety that reconciles the harm to communities by systems of oppression.

Christie Donner

Christie Donner

Executive Director

Christie Donner is CCJRC’s Executive Director and founder. Since 1995, she has been working in criminal justice reform advocacy, community organizing, policy research, and lobbying. Christie co-authored Parenting from Prison: A Resource Guide for Incarcerated Parents in Colorado. She is also the project lead for CCJRC’s publication Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-Entry Guide for Colorado. She represents Colorado on the executive committee of the National Network for Justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Terri Hurst

Terri Hurst, MSW

Policy Coordinator

Terri Hurst, MSW has over 15 years of experience in behavioral health, public health and drug policy reform. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Terri joined the CCJRC team in 2014 and manages our Take Care Health Matters campaign. Her previous work has included improving access to health care services, in particular substance use disorder and mental health treatment. She has also provided direct services to injection drug users and justice involved people. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Harm Reduction Action Center, Denver’s largest syringe access program, and has been a board member since 2008. In her ideal world, all drugs would be decriminalized, drug use would be treated as a public health issue, not a criminal one and anyone who wanted behavioral health treatment would be able to access it on demand.

Jasmine Ross

Civic Engagement Field Canvasser Assistant

My name is Jasmine Ross.  I’m from Haiti, and also an adoptee. I graduated from the Denver School of the Arts and have attended Metropolitan State University for two years. Last year, I was introduced to CCJRC. As an admirer of their work I wanted to get more involved.  A month later, I became a part of the team working as their part time field canvasser for the 2017 City Council elections. It was such a great experience, and we did an amazing job reaching our goal.  In March of 2018, CCJRC asked me to come back and be the Civic Engagement Field Canvasser Assistant. I am so honored for this opportunity and to be back with CCJRC. I’m excited to help advance our Civic Engagement campaign by focusing on helping to organize and grow our volunteer program, register people with justice involved backgrounds to vote, and training the wider civic engagement field on the importance of voting for people a criminal background.