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CJI Staff

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Aleah Bacquie Vaughn

Executive Director

Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, Executive Director of the CJI Fund, was previously Deputy Director at the American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund, where she championed the release of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, and divestment from companies doing business with South Africa’s apartheid government. In South Africa, Aleah worked for the South African Council of Churches to decrease violence in the East Rand; on the Independent Electoral Commission, to educate communities about voting in the country’s historic first democratic elections; for the World Council on Religion and Peace, which first called for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and for the Women’s Development Foundation, which supported electing women to national government. Returning to the US in 1996, Aleah worked on the Jubilee campaign to cancel African debt, and demand HIV/AIDS medication for African countries. As Director of Social Justice Ministries for Riverside Church, she supervised 13 social justice ministries, including The Sharing Fund, and Prison Ministry. She also co-created the Prison Family Support Group and Sojourners, a ministry to support and advocate for releasing people detained in U.S. facilities. She then served as the Director of Grants and Training at the Peace Development Fund. Aleah is the granddaughter of Irene Morgan, of the Morgan v. Virginia Supreme Court decision against segregation in interstate travel. The Freedom Rides supported her case. Aleah is the proud, fierce mother of two black boys.

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Fanny Bueso

Finance and Operations Manager

A native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn, Fanny received her Associate’s degree in Science for Health Professions in 2007. Fanny has previously held positions in the public and private sectors, most recently as the Executive Assistant to the CFO of St. Joseph College. In her current role, Fanny supports Director of Operations Lizan Highland to help keep the organization running smoothly.

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Jordan Moeller

Development and Communications Manager

Jordan is a communications and development specialist with years of experience in grants management, coalition building, and creative storytelling. Jordan works to advance CJI's fundraising and communications efforts and broaden CJI’s capacity to launch new key projects and initiatives. A longtime Seattle resident, Jordan cut his teeth in the nonprofit sector as an organizer and canvasser at Washington Community Action Network, fighting for causes like universal healthcare, eviction reform, and ending punitive criminal sentencing at the state level. Most recently, Jordan served as Assistant Executive Director at The Restorative Center, a small organization doing innovative restorative justice work, after overseeing their Restorative Justice Clemency and Parole pilot program as the Project Manager. Outside of his work in the nonprofit sector, Jordan is an award-winning comedian and active member of two sketch comedy teams in New York City.

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Veronica Manning

Interim Managing Director

Veronica Manning (she/her) is an experienced nonprofit executive, consultant, facilitator, and educator, who currently has 6 books on her bookshelf that she hasn’t read yet. Veronica’s main passions are teaching, writing and filmmaking. Her most recent work – a silent micro short film called The Key – was a finalist in the 2021 Micromania Short Film Festival. Veronica is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner. She is one of the instructors for the Capstone course, a year-long consultant project that all post-secondary Wagner students must complete to graduate. Veronica holds a BA in Organizational Behavior & Communication from NYU-SPS, and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy from NYU Wagner.

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