Mandy Potapenko, Executive 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. Mandy’s adept skill set in relationship building and collaborative problem-solving makes her uniquely effective in her role. As Milwaukee County’s CJCC Director, Mandy is responsible for directing and facilitating the efforts of the Council in planning and implementing system-wide improvement in Milwaukee County’s criminal justice system.
Prior to joining the MCJC, from 2012-2015, Mandy served the 32 neighborhoods of Milwaukee Police District 3 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.
Erin Perkins, Safety & Justice Challenge Project Manager
Erin Perkins serves as the Project Manager for the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, overseeing the MacArthur Safety & 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.
Gabe (Gabrielle) Charles, Community Engagement Coordinator
Gabe Charles is one of the Public Allies that joined the MCJC team in September 2019. She serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator, focusing on initiatives that encourage community collaboration and input to enhance program development. She is a Milwaukee native and Milwaukee Public Schools graduate. Gabe spent the last four years serving in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps. Her time there was primarily spent collaborating with community organizations to improve leadership and organizational practices, and training Peace Corps volunteers in areas, such as cultural competence and economic empowerment. Gabe received her BA from Knox College in Economics and Sociology, and she is excited to use her experience to promote equity and justice in Milwaukee.
Brianca Gales, Reentry Initiatives Coordinator
Bio coming soon!
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.