Margot Gibney, MA, is a catalyst for community-based change, able to help groups clarify and make their vision a reality. She has been developing programs and organizations in the non-profit and public sector for over 25 years. She re-established and served as executive director for the Encampment for Citizenship, a national youth leadership organization. She established and served as executive director for the Youth Treatment and Education Center, a center that includes a high school for youth in the juvenile justice system with substance abuse problems. She served as director of Collaborative Court programs for families and youth in the dependency and juvenile justice systems.

Bridgett E. Ortega, M.A., J.D. is an innovative researcher devoted to observation, methodology and new approaches in criminal, juvenile and family law. She is a licensed attorney (California, Oregon), adjunct professor, professional trainer and program and policy consultant focusing on social justice issues specifically in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice and the social impacts of incarceration. Bridgett practiced indigent defense with the Office of the Public Defender Santa Clara County for 11 years, 5 of those years as the Supervisor of the Juvenile Delinquency Unit. Bridgett has published articles in … and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Law, Business and Organizational Management, Political and Communications Science.

Elizabeth Summers fosters resiliency, hope and literacy through art and creative expression. She is currently the Director of Rising Voices, a creative writing, theater and Restorative Justice Program for incarcerated women. She was the Director of the Expressive Arts program for the Youth Treatment and Education Court (YTEC) program at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco for 12 years. She has directed several major page to stage productions including a film project that aired on Public Television. She has taught Theatre and Expressive Arts to young people in public and private institutions, schools and hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, and City College. She has presented workshops all over the United States for the Justice Department and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.