Nancy Michaels is the Associate Director at the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation. She has a B.A. in Social Justice Studies and an M.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University. Her work and areas of interest and activism lie in justice reform, mass incarceration, community and restorative justice and, more broadly, in raising awareness around the societal structures, policy and institutions that lead to the marginalization and criminalization of whole communities in urban environments. Nancy is a highly collaborative and driven change agent with a passion and focus for moving social justice initiatives forward by building relationships and raising consciousness through research, programming and community engagement. Nancy is a restorative justice practitioner and trainer, has developed and led restorative justice programming in two Chicago Public Schools, leads the “Embrace Restorative Justice in Schools Collaborative” and is a key member in the vision, planning and evaluation of the Restorative Justice Community Court slated to open in Chicago in April 2017.