Who We Are
Staff: Commitment and Care
While C4RJ relies heavily on volunteers to do the work of restorative justice in our communities, staff provides leadership and coordination in the effort.
Erin Freeborn is the Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ). Erin has a decade of study and experience in both the practice of restorative justice and nonprofit leadership. As a social entrepreneur she encourages programs to think about new ways to create positive change in society. She is an attorney who helped found the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and coauthored the 2010 exploratory study of Project Restore, a Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence, commissioned by New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice. Erin has been deeply involved with pending Massachusetts legislation that would make restorative justice available to all stakeholders in the Massachusetts criminal justice system. Prior to leading C4RJ, Erin served as executive director of Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion (JCRJD) in Lowell, now known as Our Restorative Justice (OurRJ). Erin received her J.D. from Northeastern University, with a focus in restorative justice, and she holds a master’s of divinity degree and certificate of conflict transformation from Boston University.
Ashley Bentley is C4RJ’s Program Director. Ashley developed a passion for restorative justice as a law student and later joined C4RJ as a volunteer facilitator on the Red Team. Ashley has practiced law in the non-profit and private sectors, and prior to law school, spent several years working in research labs. Ashley received her law degree from Boston University and her undergraduate degree from Brown.
Chris has been involved with C4RJ since 2009, serving most recently as a facilitator on the Red Team. He helped lead a volunteer training on Apology Letter Writing in 2013, and also appears in the 2014 C4RJ DVD, "Finding Courage: Volunteer perspective." Chris has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many years of experience working as an engineer. Chris, his wife, and their two children live in Westford. Chirs is a frequent volunteer in his church and in his children’s schools, and is currently a member of the Westford School Committee.
Emily, our development & office specialist, is no stranger to the nonprofit world – or to C4RJ. She was previously a member of our Green Team of casework volunteers. She has also served as volunteer coordinator and administrator at Gaining Ground, a Concord farm that grows food for hunger relief, and as administrator of the religious education program at First Parish in Concord.