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Bruce Lee Livingston, MPP
Executive Director

Bruce Lee Livingston has been the executive director of Alcohol Justice since October 2006. Mr. Livingston brings over 25 years of policy analysis, community organizing, and program management to the organization. Livingston was the Executive Director of Health Access California and Health Access Foundation for four years and of Senior Action Network for six years. His accomplishments include organizing the California Patient Bill of Rights, which included 21 pieces of consumer protection legislation signed by the California Governor in 1999. He was also the convenor of the National Campaign to Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare. Prior to that, he directed California’s Clean Water Action on recycling and water quality issues for five years. From 1989 to 1990 he worked for U.S. E.P.A. where he managed a team that wrote the first Zero Emission Vehicle regulations in the country for the South Coast (L.A.) air basin



Michael Scippa

Public Affairs Director

Michael Scippa joined Alcohol Justice in January 2007 and came to the organization with over 25 years of senior management experience in media advocacy, marketing, communications, and publications, with a proven track record of outreach to communities, advocacy organizations, media and government. Previous to his work at Alcohol Justice, Mr. Scippa worked for seven years as Communications Director then Executive Director of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), a 25,000 member national grassroots highway safety group. In these roles, Mr. Scippa planned and managed a legislative action agenda and oversaw education and advocacy activities targeting Congress, Presidential Administration officials, and state government officials. Mr. Scippa also managed all media and public relations, and served as CRASH’s national spokesperson. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of crash victims, survivors and their families, Mr.Scippa was appointed to the California Drug-Free Commercial Truck and Bus Driver Task Force. Mr. Scippa currently sits on the Marin County Advisory Board on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, and was recently elected to the Board of DIrectors of the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.



Sarah M. Mart, MS, MPH

Director of Research

Sarah is a public health researcher, writer, and advocate whose recent projects include: alcohol political spending and influence; alcohol promotion and policies on Facebook; global corporations' use of the California family winery narrative; state control of alcohol; and "drink responsibly" as a public relations tactic. Before joining AJ in 2009, she directed prevention & health promotion departments at Syracuse University, the University of San Francisco, and The University of Montana. She has written & led funded projects to reduce high-risk drinking and violence in college student populations, debated the founder of the Amethyst Initiative, and prompted institutional refusal of alcohol athletics sponsorship. She consulted for the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention for many years, and remains a reviewer for scientific journals. Her work has been published in the Journal for Global Drug Policy and Practice, Substance Use and Misuse, and Addiction.




Jorge Castillo

Advocacy Director
Organizador de Enlace Comunitario

Jorge Castillo joined Alcohol Justice in December 2007. Before coming to Alcohol Justice, Castillo worked as a family reunification case-manager in South Central Los Angeles and as a substance abuse counselor for Newcomer Spanish speaking teenagers and young adults in the Mission District of San Francisco. He has also advocated and produced community-based media. Castillo was formerly a member of the County of Marin Board of Supervisors Advisory Board on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems.


Holley Shafer
Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Holley Shafer joined Alcohol Justice in February 2012 after 13 years of experience as a senior researcher at San Francisco State University and as a private consultant. She has designed and conducted qualitative and quantitative research studies, surveys, and program evaluations for various non-profit, state and local government agencies. Holley's current work includes alcopop pricing studies, geomapping alcohol-related data, evaluating alcohol prevention programs, and corporate profiles of Big Alcohol companies.


Karen Kuhn
Administrative Director

Karen Kuhn joined Alcohol Justice in October 2006 as Administrative Director. She plays a pivotal role for the organization by managing operations, accounting, and human resources, and by providing support to the executive director and board of directors. Her background includes a wealth of management and production experience in a variety of creative fields such as photography, landscape architecture, and natural foods. Karen also serves as a passionate advocate for young people in Marin County, where she has served as a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay since 2008. 


JoanJoan VanderWerff
Human Resources Manager

Joan VanderWerff joined Alcohol Justice as the Human Resources Manager in February 2010.  Previously she held human resource management positions in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including Petaluma Health Center, Advanced Fibre Communications, and Harris Corporation.  She has an undergraduate degree from University of Phoenix and a senior human resource designation from the Society for Human Resources Management.


Bruce Wolfe, MSW
Chief Information & Technology Officer

Bruce has served as Chief Information Officer for Alcohol Justice since June 2007. As CIO, Bruce coordinates all administrative and internet technology and oversees the organization's networking, IT support, security, and web application services. Bruce holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Social Development and Life Coaching from San Francisco State University. In his free time, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, is President of DogPAC of San Francisco, and is former Vice-Chair of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, San Francisco’s transparency and open government commission. He is also a 35-year veteran practitioner and instructor of T'ai Chi and other Asian martial and healing arts.