About Our TeamDedicated to Community Service
APA Board President
Assistant Clinical Professor Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson joined the faculty of Duquesne Law School in August 2015. She heads up the Juvenile Defender Clinic and the Education Law Clinic. The Juvenile Defender Clinic provides zealous, holistic representation to children charged with crimes in Allegheny County Juvenile Court. The Education Law Clinic also operates as a holistic model, and represents children who are facing school disciplinary proceedings. Prior to joining the law school, Tiffany was the Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where she served for over two years.
Leadership Team Member
Nazura Asaseyeduru was born in Columbia, SC but credits Mckeesrocks, Pa as her official stomping ground. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Nazura continued her formal education at Chatham University where she earned a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Transformation. Her love for the community can be seen in the work she does by serving black people in socially practical and culturally relevant ways. She has worked as a community organizer and activist consistently in the Pittsburgh community for years and has organized around issues such as mis-education, prison industrial complex, police brutality, gentrification, and women’s empowerment.
Research Team Member
Chelsa Wagner became Allegheny County Controller in 2012, following three terms in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. As the County’s chief fiscal officer, Wagner oversees a budget of $1.5 billion and is committed to transparency, efficiency, accountability and innovation. Wagner has proposed more than $75 million in true savings for County taxpayers. Major initiatives of her office have included the shared financial management system for the County and City; improving the County’s systems of property reassessments, energy use, public transit and asset preservation; and increasing efficiency and transparency in County departments and authorities, among others. Wagner is an attorney and former private sector business analyst. She holds a public policy degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in North Point Breeze with her husband, Khari, and their two sons, Isaiah, age 3, and Thaddeus, age 5.
Founder & Director
Dr. Jesse Wozniak
Dr. Jesse Wozniak is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. His research on policing examines how police have been used both historically and contemporaneously to establish, bolster, and maintain racial and class hierarchies, specifically within the context of neoliberal global imperialism. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wozniak has long been active in social movements, political activism, and union organizing.