Episode 7: Interview with Cherri Allison, Esq.


Season Two: Carey talks with Cherri Allison, Esq., executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center. Ms. Allison deconstructs traditional, transactional business models of social services in favor of creating a relational, listening environment where survivors discover for themselves what they need to thrive. They discuss how she imagined the word of a family justice center before these centers existed and the seeds of wisdom she wants to share with younger leaders.

Alameda County Family Justice Center

Season Two – Welcome Back

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Change Agent is back for a second season of conversations with innovators and creative leaders in the field of Family Violence Prevention and Advocacy. This Season includes six interviews with social entrepreneurs from various backgrounds in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Next week begins the season with Cherri Allison, Esq., Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center. Ms. Allison practiced family law where she imagined the work of a Family Justice Center before these centers existed. We discuss the “seeds” of wisdom she wants to share with younger leaders and what white folks call “intrinsic task motivation.”

Those who missed season one can listen here or on Stitcher or iTunes.


Episode 6: Interview with Dr. Tasneem Ismailji


Season One: Carey talks with Tasneem Ismailji, MD, MPH, who after many years as a practicing pediatrician, co-founded the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), an organization promoting health education and research for issues related to interpersonal violence. Dr. Ismailji discusses her “mutation” that allows her to think creatively, even rebelliously, and which led her on an adventurous, ever evolving career.


Episode 4: Interview with Hillary Larkin


Season One: Carey talks with Hillary Larkin, a Physician’s Assistant (PA) and leader of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at Highland Hospital in Oakland California. They discuss making and taking opportunities in one’s career, the evolution of medical Sexual Assault care in Alameda county, and why Hillary hates the term “rape kit”.

Episode 3: Interview with Chief Guy Swanger


Season One – Carey interviews Concord California’s police Chief Guy Swanger about the formation of the East Contra Costa County Family Justice Center. They also explore the profound shifts that have taken place in the law enforcement approach to Domestic Violence over the last few decades.




Season One – Introduction

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Announcing the first season of Change Agent, a new podcast featuring long-form interviews with social entrepreneurs in the field of Family Violence Prevention and Advocacy. This season includes interviewees from a variety of backgrounds in the San Francisco Bay Area.

New episodes will be available Wednesdays, starting March 15th for the duration of the season. In next week’s first episode I talk with Dr. Brigid McCaw about creating change, the personal motivations for her work, and the beginning and evolution of Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program.

Listen to each episode directly from this website or Sound Cloud.

Or you can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.