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Meet the Executive Director

cherri allisonIn April 2011, Cherri N. Allison, Esq., took the reins of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) as the Center’s new Executive Director/Legal Advisor.

Ms Allison is one of the founders of the ACFJC and prior to her tenure at ACFJC, she was the Executive Director of the Family Violence Law Center. Ms Allison is a statewide and nationally recognized leader in the field of domestic violence. Her expertise includes legal services to victims of domestic and interpersonal violence, including elder abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault.

A licensed attorney, Ms Allison holds a law degree from the University of Santa Clara - School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms Allison has more than 15 years of legal nonprofit management experience and 21 years of experience in the field of domestic violence prevention and family law.

In addition to Ms Allison’s expertise in nonprofit management, she has extensive experience in board and organizational and program development, grant writing and nonprofit finance. In 2007 and 2009 she co-authored Domestic Violence Remedies in California Law Cases, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar. In 2012 she authored a chapter entitled Traditional Response to Domestic Violence: Criminal and Civil Legal Systems in the United States, published in Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding a Global Crisis: ABC-CLIO; 2012.

Ms Allison served on numerous boards including the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, California Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, as well as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 2010-2013. She currently serves as a member of the Domestic Violence Program Advisory Council, Office of Emergency Management as well as the Judicial Council of California Access and Fairness Advisory Committee.

Throughout her career she has been a pioneer in the domestic violence field. For example, working with the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute, she drafted legislation that would have prohibited the shackling of incarcerated expectant mothers. Though initially vetoed by the Governor, this legislation recognized the shackling as a form of violence against incarcerated women – a population with a high percentage of women who have experienced domestic violence.

Due to her dedication and hard work, she was inducted in 2009 into the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women’s Hall of Fame in the Justice category, which honors women who have reformed and expanded legal advocacy in our justice system and in 2010 she was honored by the Santa Clara Law School Center for Social Justice and Public Service. Most recently, she received the American Bar Association's prestigious 20/20 Vision Award.