Isadora Spillman-Schappell is a lifelong New Yorker and passionate public servant. She is currently a Program Associate at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice working on the plan to close the notoriously violent jails on Rikers Island. She is also involved in implementing the Raise the Age legislation which increased the age of criminal responsibility in New York to stop youth incarceration in the adult jail system. In her work, she convenes government actors, nonprofit leaders, and activists to generate collaborative solutions to criminal justice issues. She believes strongly in decarceration and eagerly accepts the challenge of working within government to make transformative changes to unjust systems.
Her passion for criminal justice reform began at Wesleyan University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in American Government. She oversaw a tutoring program at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for incarcerated minors and was a classroom assistant at Cheshire Correctional Institute through the Center for Prison Education. While at Wesleyan she also sat on the board of Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness, an organization focused on delivering high quality reproductive health education in local public schools. After graduating from college she moved to Dublin, Ireland to volunteer on the successful Repeal the Eighth campaign to legalize abortion.
She cares deeply about politics on both the local and national level. She had the honor of interning for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and researching and developing briefings on issues such as education and sexual assault in New York State. Currently she is a member of the Broad Collective, a political training group taking action on local campaigns and elections. She is proud to live in Brooklyn and loves knitting and black coffee.