Associate Vice President
As Associate Vice President Kandra’s primary roles include writing government and foundation grant proposals to support Exodus’ wide-array of supportive services for people involved with the justice system. In addition, she speaks publicly about her experiences before, during and after incarceration, as well as the challenges criminal justice-involved individuals face. Kandra is also an advocate for policy reform, and is currently working with others on several legislative bills.
Prior to joining Exodus, she worked with The Fortune Society (Fortune) for 7 years. She began her journey with Fortune in their Employment Services unit, and later worked as a Senior Court Report Writer in their Court Advocacy unit. She moved to their Development Unit in October of 2015, and prior to resigning, worked as the Strategic Partnerships Liaison and Senior Grant Writer.
Since her release from Beacon Correctional Facility (Beacon, New York) on September 26, 2011, Kandra has earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from LaGuardia Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Justice (summa cum laude) from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her paper entitled “Qing Law versus Qing Justice: Problematic Aspects of Filial Piety” was published in John Jay’s Finest in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Urban Affairs and is scheduled to graduate in June of 2019.
Kandra is an alumna of College and Community Fellowship, an active member of Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) and both the Close Rikers and Free NY Campaigns, a JLUSA 2018 Leading with Conviction graduate, a Beyond Rosie’s Steering Committee member with WCJA, and a Queens Neighborhood Advisory Committee member appointed through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She was honored by Citizens Against Recidivism in 2016 when she received the Julio Medina Freedom Fighter Award. Furthermore, Kandra was a 2018 NY Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Star awardee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors with the Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA) and the Little Piece of Light Foundation.