Heather Renwick

Heather Renwick joined the CFSY team in 2014. She currently serves as co-deputy director alongside Abd’Allah Lateef, leading the organization’s initiatives around people, culture, and strategy. Heather previously served as CFSY legal director, overseeing the CFSY’s litigation, parole, and legislative advocacy.

Heather graduated from Northwestern School of Law, and worked as a clinical fellow at Northwestern’s Children and Family Justice Center after graduation, coordinating a study on juvenile parole in Illinois. Following her clinical fellowship, Heather worked as an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington D.C. with a practice focused on investigations and criminal litigation.
Heather also received a Fulbright Fellowship to research issues of trafficking in Bulgaria, worked in Washington, DC and Nairobi, Kenya on issues of pre-trial detention and violence against minors, and has taught trial advocacy in Ukraine.

Heather lives in New Haven, CT with her wife and two children.

Preston Shipp

Preston Shipp joined the CFSY in May 2019 and serves as Senior Policy Counsel. In this role, Preston provide strategic guidance, support, and leadership to states that are working to eliminate life without parole and other extreme sentences for children. He works directly with state-level advocates and legislators.

For several years, Preston served as an appellate prosecutor in the Tennessee Attorney General’s office. While serving as a volunteer and teaching college classes in Tennessee prisons, he became good friends with many people who were incarcerated, one of whom he had actually prosecuted. These relationships caused Preston to wake up to the many injustices that are present in the American system of mass incarceration. Unable to reconcile this conflict, Preston left his career as a prosecutor in 2008. Since then, he has taught in universities and churches, lectured at conferences, and written about the urgent needs for criminal justice reform, a shift in how we regard imprisoned people, and a new vision of justice that seeks healing, transformation, and reconciliation. Preston lives in Nashville with his wife Sherisse and their three children, Lila Joy, Ruby Faith, and Levi.

Jackie Suazo

Jackie Suazo joined the CFSY team in August 2021. She came to us with a passion for social justice and a career interest in nonprofit management. She supports all staff through operations and finance administration.

From a young age, Jackie knew she wanted to help change the world in a positive way. She paid close attention to historical and current acts of oppression and focused her college research projects on inequity in the US (such as the war on drugs, personnel practices, and education). She knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to create equity in public health, immigration, education, or the criminal justice system. 

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Relying on her experience as a Human Resources Assistant at a major Miami art museum, she works to contribute to an inclusive and equitable work culture where members feel supported to serve the organization’s mission and their personal goals.

In her down time, Jackie loves relaxing on the beach, doing at least 10 minutes of yoga everyday, and going out to eat with family and friends.

Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner joined the CFSY team in July 2016. Rebecca tracks the results of resentencings taking place around the country as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana. She also coordinates pro bono representation and serves as a resource for attorneys litigating Miller and Montgomery issues.

Studying social sciences as an undergrad, Rebecca focused on structural inequality and its causes and manifestations. Wanting to continue that work as applied to the criminal justice system, she went to law school, where she spent her summers working with organizations that represent death row clients.

After law school, Rebecca worked at the Prisoners’ Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where she advocated for the humane treatment of prisoners in federal and state prisons. In this role, she worked on litigation and advocacy to ensure proper access to medical and mental health care, establish policies that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, and improve conditions of confinement. She later worked at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she worked to implement Prison Rape Elimination Act policies and coordinate rape crisis center services for Maryland prisoners.

Outside of the office, Rebecca spends much of her free time with her nose in a book. She also enjoys trying out new recipes and taking naps.