Restorative Justice Coordinator
Mikaela Berry (they/them) is a playwright, committed educator, empathetic creator, and deep thinker focused on creating spaces in which marginalized voices can be heard and encouraged. They started at SOUL Sisters in 2019 as a Teaching artist, immediately drawn to the organization’s mission to advocate for young women and gnc youth in detention. They now work as the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the New York Office where they manage Circles Not Cells, a restorative approach to conflict, in addition to 8 Circles of Safety – which implements 8 Restorative Justice Healing Circles to support young people with their reentry. They are deeply committed to this work and hope one day their job doesn’t have to exist because there will be no need for it. Until then, Mikaela is thrilled to be surrounded and consistently inspired by the courageous, passionate, abolitionist dreamers who they are fortunate enough to call not only their colleagues, but their friends. When Mikaela is not as S.O.u.L. Sisters, they do restorative justice work with young men through The Kite and they are also a part of Columbia University School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as a second-year Master’s student.