FOGBREAK: Education for Justice
Implicit Bias, Procedural Justice, and Other Programs for Fairness and Equity in Criminal Justice and Civic Affairs
Building Organizational Culture
VALUES-BASED TRAINING FOR CULTURAL SHIFTS & LASTING BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Fogbreak Justice is a consulting and education company for government agencies, civic leaders and criminal justice professionals. We engage with clients to build diverse and truly inclusive communities. Our programs are designed to increase public engagement, community trust and the overall perception of fairness and satisfaction in civilian-government interactions. Our educational events teach complex skills—like how to improve fairness, inclusion, leadership, and community engagement—through interactive experiences involving music, video, exercises and conversations. When these objectives are met, communities thrive and shore up goodwill for conflicts or in the worst circumstances, tragic events. Also, more inclusive and transparent government relationships lead to more compliance at all levels of civic responsibilities.
Fogbreak has led workshops and community events for thousands of people from Martinez, California to Moultonborough, New Hampshire, from public defenders to probation officers, from elected officials to high school students. Over 95 percent of all participants rated their experience with Fogbreak as valuable or very valuable. Unlike other curriculum providers, Fogbreak customizes all of its programs to meet the needs and goals of its clients. All of the programs include three experienced facilitators, all necessary materials, preparation calls, customization of the programs and all travel.
Berké Brown: Berké is an integral partner with the Fogbreak team and led the development of the Mission, Vision and Values curriculum. As a speaker, organizational change consultant, executive coach, and behavioral researcher, he creates powerful change management programs that increase human motivation and engagement in both work and life. He has worked with numerous companies and municipal governments to create mission-driven and sustainable changes in culture, performance and service. He is also the founder of iGYM Enterprises, a healthtech and coaching lifestyle transformation company that equips individuals with research-backed tools for healthy living and thinking. Berké graduated from the University of California at Berkeley receiving Highest Honors for his research on values-based behavior change.
Christy ChandlerChristy Chandler is Co-Founder of Fogbreak Justice, which creates innovative, interactive experiences to transform the criminal justice system. Before starting Fogbreak, Christy worked for over a decade in the criminal justice system. Ms. Chandler has defended individuals accused of crimes ranging from securities and health care fraud to drunk driving, drug and homicide cases. She counseled individuals and corporations facing multi-jurisdictional, state and federal investigations. She worked extensively in the courtroom and also handled criminal appeals.
Ms. Chandler has conducted qualitative research on the attorney-client relationship in death penalty cases and is a frequent speaker on the topics of criminal work at academic and professionals conferences. She has authored several articles including “Peremptory Challenge: A Postmodern Feminist Approach,” published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and “Voluntary Executions,” published in the Stanford Law Review.
After Ms. Chandler clerked for The Honorable Thelton E. Henderson of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, Ms. Chandler became a deputy public defender in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. She then worked as a deputy city attorney for the Office of the City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, defending City departments and employees in civil suits. In 2005, she founded The Law Offices of Christy Chandler. Ms. Chandler also is of counsel to the criminal defense firm Arguedas, Cassman & Headley LLP. She previously served as a board member on the American Civil Liberties Union, Northern California.
Ms. Chandler graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She then earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy at George Washington University, and went on to earn her law degree at Stanford Law School.
EMPOWERING PRESENT & FUTURE LEADERS TO HARNESS THEIR PERSONAL POWER
ATTORNEY & ADVOCATE: Shanti specializes in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings. Due to diligent research, impeccable writing and zealous advocacy, she has had enormous success, including several published decisions. Read a decision on federal habeas and a decision on shackling juveniles. Shanti is also co-founder and partner at Fogbreak Justice, a training and consulting company with the mission to transform the criminal justice system through education that promotes respect, dignity, safety and fairness.
Shanti develops curriculum emphasizing experiential learning and teaching complex skills to adult learners. Through Fogbreak Justice, Shanti has taught thousands of people about reducing bias, increasing fairness, race and racism and building community trust. Shanti formerly taught at Berkeley Law at the University of California and at Mills College Graduate School of Business and Public Policy where she taught Law and Public Policy with significant attention to criminal justice policy.
Shanti's book about the criminal justice system, Almost Innocent, will be published in the fall with Mascot Books. Almost Innocent follows the legal and personal journeys of Shanti's clients, both innocent and guilty, in the context of a criminal investigation thrust into Shanti's private life. Together their stories bring to life the criminal justice system in all its messy, complicated, tragic humanity.
Shanti's has several other published works. She also contributes opinion pieces to the Piedmont Exedra, an online news outlet for the east bay and writes blogs for Ms. JD. Her blog about social justice issues can be found on Medium.