Lisa Rea, President of Restorative Justice International

Interview on December 9th, 2014, via our sister Pacifica-affiliate radio show, Community Justice Talks on KHEN LP Salida

Lisa Rea has diverse and broad experience in legislative advocacy, public policy development, and grassroots organizing. She is a former legislative staff person to three members of the California Legislature. Lisa has served in the public and private sector as a legislative advocate on a range of subjects including criminal justice reform, healthcare, welfare reform and environmental public policy.

She is a restorative justice expert and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience at the state, national and international levels with special expertise working with crime victims. Lisa worked for two national organizations promoting systemic criminal justice reform as a legislative advocate, and policy strategist. In 1998 she directed one of the first intensive in-prison restorative justice projects in the U.S. inside a Texas medium security prison.

In 2001, she founded the Justice & Reconciliation Project, a national nonprofit seeking to educate and organize victims of violent crime around the benefits of restorative justice. Lisa is the president of Restorative Justice International (RJI), an international association and network founded in 2009 through social media ( with over 3700 members and affiliate members globally working for victims-driven restorative justice.

Ms. Rea is president of Rea Consulting based in California providing government relations, online grassroots organizing, media relations and restorative justice consulting guidance.

RJI can be reached at and Rea Consulting at Restorative Justice International can be found @  as well as a robust and active discussion group at LinkedIn here

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