Savannah Castaneda

Savannah is a program associate for Vera’s Reshaping Prosecution team. Prior to joining Vera, Savannah was serving as a public-private partnerships fellow at NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor. Within this role, Savannah helped nonprofits, city agencies, and private businesses collaborate to provide needed services to New Yorkers most impacted by COVID-19 and racial and economic inequity. She also coordinated opportunities for NYC youth from marginalized communities to vocalize their needs and concerns about police violence and racial profiling to the NYPD and other government officials. Before moving to New York, Savannah worked as a community organizer and policy associate at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety within the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development and as a program assistant at Brilliant Corners. Savannah earned her MBA and MSW dual degree at Columbia University in the City of New York and received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Bachelor of Science in business communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Savannah is a proud first-generation Latina and California native.