Program Director

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Romarilyn Ralston, M.L.A.
(657) 278-7859

Education is the best practice to reduce crime! Incarcerated at 24, I knew that if things were to be different in my life, I needed to do things differently. For me, that was education. I earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Pitzer College in Gender and Feminist Studies in 2014, a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, and was selected to be a 2014-2015 CORO Public Affairs Fellow. While attending Washington University, I was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune 2016 Leadership Award, given to a graduate student who “through leadership, service, scholastic achievement, and perseverance has served as an inspiration to the University community.” I was an invited panelist on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Access to Higher Education Challenge EventOpens in new window at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2016, a Presidential Panelist at the 2018 National Women's Studies Association Conference, and have been an invited speaker at UCLA, the University of Washington, and Yale University. I was a 2017 Leadership Fellow with the JustLeadershipUSA Leading with ConvictionOpens in new window program in New York City, a 2018 Fellow of the Women's Policy InstituteOpens in new window , and am the recipient of the 2018 Civil Rights and Advocacy Award from the Orange County Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.