About prosecutors Alliance
Who We Are
Prosecutors are amongst the most powerful actors in the criminal legal system, deciding who will be prosecuted, what charges they will face and the sentence they will serve. This immense power requires leaders that can exercise sound judgment, restraint and independence from the many stakeholders seeking to influence their decisions. Above all, prosecutors must be motivated by love for their entire community, our shared humanity and interconnected lives.
The Prosecutors Alliance of California (PAC) is dedicated to building a criminal legal system that Californians can be proud of. PAC supports and amplifies the voices of California prosecutors, victim advocates, and allies committed to reforming our criminal justice system through smart, safe, modern solutions that advance both public safety and community well-being. The voices of victims are often drowned out by the traditional law enforcement organizations that oppose reform.. We are here to amplify reform efforts and work in partnership with communities to make our state safe, healthy and whole.
We are guided by the “21 Principles for the 21st Century Prosecutor” developed by Fair and Just Prosecution, The Brennan Center, and The Justice Collaborative, as we work to implement both local and statewide reforms. These principles will help us draft and advocate on behalf of legislative proposals and local policies that can bring the system in line with the values of Californians.
We are guided by the principles the 21 Principles for the 21st Century Prosecutor developed by Fair and Just Prosecution, The Brennan Center and The Justice Collaborative as we work to implement both local and statewide reforms. These principles will help us draft and advocate on behalf of legislative proposals and local policies that can bring the system more in line with the values of Californians.
Prosecutors Alliance California
Cristine Soto DeBerry
Cristine is the Founder and Executive Director of the Prosecutors Alliance. She spent a decade as the Chief of Staff to San Francisco District Attorneys George Gascón and Chesa Boudin. She previously served as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Deputy Chief of Staff and started her career as a public defender in Los Angeles County.
Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Psy. D.
Director of Survivor Policy, Training and Resources
Dr. Castro Rodriguez is the former Chief of the Victim Services Division for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where she oversaw the work with more than 9,000 victims of violent crime a year and teams including victim advocacy, California Victims of Crime Compensation, Restitution, and Mass Casualty.
Director of Policy and Training
Arcelia is the former Chief of Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Training, Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Post Conviction Unit/Innocence Commission at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She has served as Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, Deputy Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Assistant General Counse and civil prosecutor with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and has taught at various Bay Area law schools.