Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright, Esq. was raised by her single mother in a low-income home in San Diego, California where devotion to family and self-respect was cultivated. In the fourth grade, Geneviéve decided to follow in the steps of Justice Thurgood Marshall and become a “social engineer.” Since that day, she has been determined to “carry the bags” of Justice Marshall as he had done for Mr. Charles Hamilton Houston.
In keeping with the vision, Geneviéve obtained a J.D. from Howard Law after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in mass media communications. She obtained an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy in a one-of-a-kind program specializing in federal criminal defense from California Western School of Law. She has practiced in federal court in both the Southern and Central Districts of California, and proudly served San Diego County as a public defender for 13 years where she represented poor people charged with serious crimes. She now serves the Community as the Founding Executive Director of MoGo.
Beyond the courtroom and policymaking, Geneviéve serves on the Board of Directors for the David’s Harp Foundation, is Vice President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, and is a volunteer attorney for the California Innocence Project. Geneviéve serves on the city of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and is an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Geneviéve is the founder of Motivation.In.Action, a professional motivational speaking firm through which she empowers individuals to “write their own stories” and to live on purpose.
In the summer of 2019, Geneviéve launched an ongoing speaker series on criminal justice reform. This series, “Transformational Tuesdays”, was created so that our community could come together in an intimate setting to engage with and learn from experts, specifically those directly impacted by the criminal justice system who are changing our world and impacting lives in a real way. Geneviéve’s life goal is to use the law as a tool for our most vulnerable groups and to advance society as a whole. For this reason, her most beloved title is community advocate.
Tasha co-founded the San Diego Compassion Project to provide support for families and communities of homicide victims. From the Compassion Project came CAST, the Community Assistance Support Team, which works to end the cycle of violence and retribution that so often occurs after a gang-related shooting.
After educating herself in the law library in order to fight for her son to receive educational services and supports, Tasha began a Building Justice mission to ensure school districts provide the care students need, as required by law. Tasha attends IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings to help parents of students with special needs.
Laila Aziz is a fierce advocate for economic, social, and racial justice. She is the Director of Operations for Pillars of the Community, where her work focuses on civic engagement, criminal justice reform, and community-building. Laila is currently coordinating the Time Done campaign in San Diego with the Alliance for Safety and Justice. Laila is also an active organizer and member of several community groups related to these same advocacy areas: the DeDe McClure Bail Fund, Moms of Black Boys United, Amend the 13th, and F.R.E.E. S.D.
Diane and Conor are both educators. Conor loves telling stories that build connection and call people to action. He has worked with grassroots education and human rights nonprofits around the world, and he launched an international service program that makes use of culturally-responsible storytelling to push back on the biases and behaviors of neocolonialist forms of volunteering.
Diane has more than 15 years of demonstrated success in content design, facilitation, and project management. She specializes in creating healthy work environments and fighting organizational entropy. Diane is always innovating through the use of data and human-centered design. She builds beautiful systems and programs that continue because they just make sense.