To maximize teaching and learning in schools within juvenile justice facilities.


We envision a more just and fair society, where all young people, especially those who are involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system, receive the support, care, and education they need and deserve to realize their full potential and pursue their dreams.



We serve as a catalyst for change in the way institutions and communities support young people in or returning from incarceration. Directly and through partnerships with public agencies and community-based organizations, we –


  • Equip incarcerated and formerly incarcerated young people with the academic, workforce readiness, and social and emotional skills they need to be free, successful, contributing members of their communities.


  • Engage people and institutions to fully welcome and support formerly incarcerated young people back into the community.


  • Educate and empower leaders to adopt and implement policies and programs that promote high-quality education, job readiness, and transition supports for these same young people.



Kat Crawford


Technology Solutions


Christina Campbell

Associate Director

Philanthropy & Special Projects


Use the below links to view our Travis Hill NOLA Team

Travis Hill School @ OJC

Travis Hill School @ JJIC

The Welcoming Project



Roy Austin

Roy Austin is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.  He has extensive experience working on juvenile and criminal justice policy matters. He spent a number of years working the White House under President Obama, where he held a range of positions, including Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. Mr. Austin also served as a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.


Samantha Buckingham

Samantha Buckingham is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola Law School, Buckingham advocated on behalf of indigent clients for five years as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Before law school, Ms. Buckingham taught high school at the Maya Angelou School, a Washington D.C. charter high school for adjudicated and at-risk youth.


James Carter

James M. Carter is a Program Coordinator in the Performance & Analytics Department for the City of San Diego. Prior to coming to the City of San Diego, James served in management, budget, and policy positions at the local and federal levels of government.  While working in Washington, DC, he was actively involved in the work of transforming the Oak Hill Youth Correctional Center into the New Beginnings Youth Development Center.


David Domenici

David Domenici is the Executive Director of CEEAS.  


David Fries

David Fries is the Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.  Mr. Fries is a widely recognized expert on the business of law, bringing to bear his extensive experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility and a partner in two global law firms, as well as law firm executive management.


Margaret Kennedy

Margaret Kennedy is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Maya Angelou Academy.  Ms. Kennedy has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofits in finance and administration.


Flint Mitchell

Flint is the Vice President of the Center for Development (CDL). He has more than 20 years of combined health and education experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Prior to joining CDL, he was a program officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) where he led programmatic work in the areas of health, education, and child and youth development. Flint is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Studies program at Tulane University in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches Public Health Program Implementation and Management. In his leisure time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Ann O’Leary

Ann O’Leary is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner law firm.  Ms. O’Leary provides strategic counseling and crisis management to leaders and organizations in the corporate, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, working at the intersection of law, policy, and politics.  She brings decades of experience in government, politics, health law, social policy and non-profit leadership.


Steve Patrick

Steve Patrick is the Executive Director of The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions at the Aspen Institute, a position he has held since 2012. Previously, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His work at Gates included managing a portfolio of grants focused on supporting disconnected youth on pathways to and through postsecondary education, along with work focused on adult education populations and education for justice-involved individuals.


2019.  CEEAS is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit.