Lenore Anderson is the founder and president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice and founder and executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice. Anderson was the co-author of Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative approved by voters in November 2014 to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to mental health, drug treatment, K-12 education programs and victim services.
Previously, Anderson served as chief of policy and chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She also served as director of public safety for the mayor of Oakland, Calif., overseeing violence-reduction and police-recruitment initiatives, and as director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
Anderson serves on the advisory board of the Innovations in Prosecution initiative of the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.