Mandy Potapenko, Director
Mandy Potapenko joined as Director of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council in June of 2015 after over 10 years of diverse, criminal justice, and community-relations work. As Milwaukee County’s CJCC Director, Mandy is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the efforts of the Council in planning and implementing system-wide improvement throughout Milwaukee County’s criminal justice system.
Prior to joining the MCJC, Mandy served as the Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator (CPUC) and Team Lead at Safe & Sound. CPUCs serve as civilian-liaisons within Milwaukee Police Department district stations to support collaborative, strategic initiatives, neighborhood problem-solving and nuisance abatement efforts. Mandy also has four years of experience as a case manager in Milwaukee County's Pretrial Services community supervision program, and a two-year internship experience in Milwaukee County's restraining order clinic.
Mandy is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Psychology.
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Erin Perkins, Safety and Justice Challenge Project Manager
Erin Perkins serves as the Project Manager for the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, overseeing the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge grant for Milwaukee County. Previously, she was the Coordinator of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, managing legislative advocacy, policy development, and community education in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault for the City of Milwaukee. She also worked for Safe & Sound, a non-profit organization focused on reducing crime and addressing quality of life issues through neighborhood organizing, youth development, and law enforcement. A native of Milwaukee, Erin completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice at University of Wisconsin -Madison and is currently finishing her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota.
Alyssa Doman, Administrative Assistant
Alyssa Doman is the administrative and membership assistant for the Wisconsin Policy Forum and Milwaukee Community Justice Council. Joining the organization in 2019, she supports staff at both the Milwaukee and Madison offices and the Milwaukee Community Justice Council in daily operations.
Before joining the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Alyssa pursued her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Alyssa also received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Studio Art (Digital emphasis) from the University of Iowa. She has worked with several large and small nonprofit organizations as both staff and volunteer. A Wisconsin native, she lives in Milwaukee with her husband and three dogs Atlas, Brisbane, and Squeak.
Jarvell Williams, Racial Equity Coordinator
Jarvell Williams serves as the Racial Equity Coordinator for the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, working towards eliminating racialized outcomes that affect populations housed in the Milwaukee County Facility and House of Corrections. This work includes facilitating community engagement initiatives, including community learning series’, workshops, and events, and implementation of the CJC Racial Equity Approach.
Jarvell is at Marquette University in the Public Service Graduate program as a Trinity Fellow. Previously, he has served with Milwaukee Succeeds of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. Jarvell graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where he received his BA in Psychology and Intercultural Relations. Jarvell has served with both AmeriCorps and Peace Corps.
A Chicago native, Jarvell enjoys traveling and learning more about the Milwaukee area. An avid theatre lover, you can find Jarvell performing, producing, or attending a show in his free time.