Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Resourceful education/outreach coordinator with 15 years of experience facilitating positive change. Excellent verbal and writing skills, psychology background, counseling and teaching experience, recent training in trauma-informed multicultural alliance-building, and legislative reform of the criminal justice system. Enjoys research, writing, synthesizing information, creating summaries, organizing data, action plans, collaborative dialogue, education, and joining with others to create positive change.

  • Communications
  • Relationship development
  • Team building
  • Project organization
  • Process improvement
  • Operational improvement
  • Problem resolution
  • MS Office
  • Organization
  • Resource development
  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Counseling
  • Guidance in practice and skill building
Work History
05/2015 to 09/2020 Education/Outreach Coordinator Akron Public Schools | Akron, OH,
  • Chaired/Organized educational events to raise awareness of: wrongful convictions of innocent persons, the lessons such convictions offer us about specific flaws in the criminal justice system, and the opportunity they offer us to change practices, policies, and procedures to serve justice.
  • Educated groups re: major factors in wrongful convictions (as demonstrated by US exonerations - most, but not all, of which were dependent upon conclusive DNA evidence).
  • Engaged in interviews with exonerated individuals ('exonerees') to gain an understanding of how various systems failed them prior to, during and after incarceration. Explored opportunities to support successful re-entry into society.
  • Arranged for exonerees, law professors, attorneys, and advocates to speak in select forums.
  • Created and/or edited educational materials on policy/procedure reforms in the criminal justice system in accordance with evidence-based standards of practice, highly-regarded legal theory, conclusive scientific studies, and organizational principles.
  • Participated in conferences, symposiums, trainings, and and meetings with exonerees and advocates. Studied compounded chronic and transgenerational PTSD in order to identify patterns, problems, solutions and opportunities to facilitate healing and positive change in society.
  • Established communication with California state legislators to cultivate a shared interest in criminal justice reform, wrongful convictions, and the urgent need to abolish the death penalty.
  • Created a database of specific contacts within the CA state legislature, engaged personally with staffers responsible for monitoring progressive theories in criminal justice legislation, and arrived at a consensus on the need to abolish the death penalty in early 2019, which was followed by the enactment of a moratorium on the death penalty in the state of CA.
  • Implemented "friend-raising" strategies to support the objectives of various Innocence Project(s), the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, Innocence Network organizations, Death Penalty Focus, Witness to Innocence, The Healing Justice Project, and others.
  • Developed network relationships with Legal Directors, Executive Directors, attorneys, law professors, advocates, lived-experience-experts, and scholars dedicated to healing societal specifically through criminal justice reform.
  • Emphasized the concept that failures of the criminal justice system are more often directly attributable to inadequacies of the system - flawed interpretations of data, politicization of prosecutorial outcomes, inaccurate measurements of racial bias, and flawed/insufficient training, practices, policies, and procedures - than to the power of evil and/or inherently unethical individuals.
  • Created written content in various formats for varying audiences (with vastly different levels of familiarity/ expertise with the subject), with the objective of providing strong arguments for specific legislative reforms in the areas of both criminal justice and public policy.
  • Achieved success in terms of fundraising that allowed for continuing work to exonerate innocence clients and free them from prison in several Rocky Mountain states from 2015-2020.
  • Achieved success in raising funds necessary to hire a permanent staff attorney at RMIC in 2017.
  • Achieved success in terms of discovering a consensus among legislative staffers regarding criminal justice reform and abolition of the death penalty in California in 2019.
  • Achieved success in remunerating documentary filmmaker for creating film "The Gathering."
  • Achieved success in facilitating a healing retreat for exonerated women in spring of 2017, under the direction of Katie Monroe and Jennifer Thompson at The Healing Justice Project.
08/1999 to 05/2020 Tutor Sul Ross State University | Alpine, TX,
  • Motivated students by cultivating their intellectual curiosity, joy of learning, and building tolerance for confusion.
  • Assisted students with daily homework, identifying strengths, uncovering and removing obstacles to success, building skills, supports, access to tools, and sense of personal agency.
  • Planned lessons to strengthen areas of vulnerability, cultivate compassionate tolerance for personal, temporary confusion/frustration, and build strong skill sets with frequent practice of specific actions known to drive academic success.
  • Facilitated students' understanding/mastery of key concepts in writing, history, literature, social studies, psychology, communications, and philosophy, etc.
  • Assisted students in practicing vital behaviors related to organizing, planning, managing time, accessing long-term memory, discovering personal relevance of academic subjects and key concepts.
  • Facilitated students' capacities for self-advocacy, taking responsibility, mastery of software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and familiarity with skills, tools, and supports.
  • Encouraged students in practicing good self-care, "setting yourself up for success," and cultivating meaningful friendships and study groups with peers.
  • Coached students in strategies for successfully doing course assignments, solving problems, reading, comprehending, synthesizing, writing summaries, and testing well in their subjects, while maintaining a healthy relationship to self and a sense of balanced wellbeing.
  • Encouraged students to attend to their own quality of life by engaging them in genuine curiosity, pleasant challenges, desired growth, self-confidence, a sense of gratitude, seeking healthy interpersonal relationships.
  • Utilized students' preferences to help them recognize the power of their fascination and engagement with particular concepts/activities and extend that recognition to exploring goals via their evolving sense of capacity, purpose, confidence, and accomplishment.
  • Students maintained A's in subjects we worked on together.
01/1997 to 06/2000 Singing/Private Acting Coach Private | City, STATE,
  • Coached performance students, aged 14 - 20 in singing and acting.
  • Developed curriculum in variety of performance material, including scenes, songs, and exercises.
  • Provided physical warm-up instruction, skills, tools, and supports.
  • Devoted special emphasis to developing effective communication and creative expression by cultivating awareness of felt sense in the body, sense of safety, empowerment, strengthening musculature of the body,
  • Motivated students to incorporate meditation, mindfulness, self-compassion, and good self-care to build confidence, self-trust, and positive growth both in terms of their outward performance and their inner felt sense.
  • Provided students with choices of assignments and materials, supported practice, direction, opportunities for self-evaluation and constructive feedback in performance of individual/group assignments each week.
  • Administered feedback to students using trauma-informed, positive reinforcement techniques and authentic prioritizing of student's inner experience.
  • Saw success in the growth of each student, stunning professional work that followed, and the emergence of rich personhood, positive interpersonal skills and self-confidence.
05/1994 to 09/1996 Counselor Positive Directions | City, STATE,
  • Conducted individual therapy sessions for clients from diverse backgrounds, ages 18 to 56, the majority of whom were in recovery from substance abuse or another form of self-harm.
  • Assessed patient communication, behavior, and self-awareness to collaboratively identify current quality of life and devise treatment plans to enhance quality of life and personal sense of meaning.
  • Applied array of different methodologies to assist and empower patients in therapy.
  • Organized clinical interventions and treatment plans for patients suffering from trauma, depression, and anxiety.
  • Presented case history material for review and discussion with other staff members and clinical supervisors.
  • Developed and implemented treatment plans and modified when needed.
  • Developed goal-oriented psycho/educational therapy to improve clients' level of functioning and self-described quality of life and felt sense of being.
  • Frequently utilized language and imagery of narrative therapy, incorporating concepts such as separating problem from person, and recruiting client as casualty/observer of and expert on problem. Conversations are conducted in language that develops space between the client and problems. Problems are discussed as factors that stands between client and client's desires. This conceptualization of the problem allows therapist and client to join as allies and enlists client's sense of personal agency and capacity to take actions that decrease effects of problem.
  • Improved outcomes of patients with psychiatric and co-morbid conditions.
  • Helped patients to deal with realities of trauma, depression, and anxiety issues and develop goals, coping skills, self-care, engagement with others, and peaceful self-advocacy.
  • Assessed clinical risk and danger to children and determined appropriate level of response and intervention.
Expected in 06/1985 Bachelor of Arts | Theater Arts University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, GPA:
Expected in 06/1995 Master of Arts | Clinical Psychology Antioch University, Marina Del Rey, CA, GPA:

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