Meet our staff
Ramel Edwards, Queens Client Advocate
Ramel joined the Freedom Fund in February 2018. As the Queens Client Advocate, he helps handle client referrals, meets with clients before and after bail is paid, and provides pretrial support. Ramel is a Bronx native who loves getting involved with community issues and speaking up when a problem goes unnoticed. Ramel likes to listen to RnB and play basketball.
Richard Jimenez, Director of Bronx Operations
Richard joined the Freedom Fund in December 2016. As the Director of Bronx Operations, in addition to remaining a case manager for hundreds of clients, Richard creates and maintains internal processes for the Bronx office. A lifelong Bronxite, Richard imagines an equitable justice system for New York's Black and Latinx communities. He loves playing the bass and, to his own detriment, the Mets.
Jolie Maya-Altshulter, Weekend Court Advocate
Jolie has been the Weekend Court Advocate since May 2017. She spends her Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays posting bail for people at arraignments at Bronx Criminal Court, as well as at Rikers Island and "The Boat." Jolie looks forward to eventually living in a world without prisons and jails, but, in the meantime, is happy helping post bail for people with the Freedom Fund.
Sara Rahimi, Administrative Associate
Sara has been the Administrative Associate at the Freedom Fund since June 2017. They focus on data retention and analytics, and centralizing office operations. Sara has a background in feminist youth social justice work, mobilizing students to combat institutions of oppression in their lives and schools. As a queer person of Persian Jewish descent, Sara is passionate about meeting people where they’re at.
Clinton Washington, Client Advocate
Clinton has been a Client Advocate since April 2017. He helps people find work, healthcare, educational opportunities, childcare, training programs, drug harm reduction resources, and more. After clients find stability, Clinton continues to help them create a network of success. His aim is to help facilitate the growth of former clients into future Client Advocates. Clinton is passionate about helping people become self-sufficient and their own abolitionists.
Elena Weissmann, Director
Elena Weissmann joined the Freedom Fund in July 2016 and has advocated for hundreds of people navigating the bail system. As the Director, Elena oversees the Freedom Fund's partnerships and growth, and deepens its role as an advocacy organization. She manages policy advocacy, outreach, and storytelling initiatives to dismantle the cash bail system and promote decarceration. Elena is passionate about using story to drive social change.
Yonah Zeitz, Project Associate
Yonah Zeitz joined the Freedom Fund in September 2017. He facilitates bail payments, helps connect clients to service providers, and engages in policy advocacy and community outreach to help dismantle our racist and classist carceral system. Yonah is committed to empowering individuals who face challenges from the criminal justice system and is dedicated to making their voices heard in the bail reform movement. Yonah envisions a society that addresses social, political, and economic issues without incarceration.