Episode 10 – Interview with Assistant Police Chief Bisa French

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Season Two: Carey talks with Richmond Assistant Police Chief Bisa French. Assistant Chief French serves the city and neighborhood where she grew up with a commitment to justice both for families and the larger community. She and Carey talk about how our own stories can better connect us to the people we serve.

Contra Costa County Family Justice Center

Episode 9 – Interview with the Honorable Joni Hiramoto


Season Two: Carey talks with the Honorable Joni Hiramoto, a judge serving the Contra Costa County Superior Court for the last 20 years. They discuss her expansive work, ranging from hearing domestic violence cases, to teaching young judges, to helping form Richmond’s restraining order clinic.

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.