Bianca Tylek
Executive Director

 

Bianca is the Founder & Executive Director of Worth Rises, where she combines her direct experience with the criminal legal system and expertise in financial and legal services to challenge the prison industrial complex.

Before founding Worth Rises in 2017, Bianca was a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she investigated the perverse financial incentives created by correctional funding.

Previously, Bianca worked with various state and local corrections agencies, including New York City, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Most notably, in New York City, she drafted the young adult plan that eliminated solitary confinement for young adults 21 years old and younger—a first in the nation.

Bianca has also consulted to the Association of State Correctional Administrators and worked for the Campaign to End Mass Incarceration at the American Civil Liberties Union. Bianca co-founded College Pathways at Rikers Island, a preparation program for incarcerated students interested in pursuing higher education. 

Before committing her career to the struggle for justice, Bianca worked as a financial analyst at Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. 

Bianca has been honored as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, a Harvard University Presidential Public Service Fellow, Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellow, Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow, and an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow. Bianca holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 
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Dana Rasso
Director of Content
& Communications

 

Dana is the Director of Content & Communications at Worth Rises and joined the organization in 2019.

Previously, Dana worked as Communications Manager at The Justice Collaborative, as the Digital Engagement Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as Communications and Digital Strategy Manager at Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Dana graduated with B.A. in art history from Savannah College of Art and Design and a M.A. in graphic communications management and technology from New York University. 

 
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TOLU LAWAL
lEGAL ASSOCIATE

 

Tolu is a Legal Associate and New York University Law School Fellow at Worth Rises and joined the organization in 2019.

During law school, Tolu interned with the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law. She also represented youth of color as part of the law school’s juvenile defender clinic.

Tolu graduated with a B.A. from Duke University in psychology and political science and a J.D. from New York University Law School.

 
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cONNOR MCCLESKEY
lEGAL ASSOCIATE

 

Connor is a Legal Associate and Justice Catalyst Fellow at Worth Rises and rejoined the organization in 2019 after interning in 2018.

During law school, Connor interned with The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Jail & Prison Advocacy Project at University Legal Services, and the D.C. Prisoners’ Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. He was also participated in the law school’s Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.

Connor graduated with a B.A. from Oberlin College in philosophy and law & society and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

 
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Luke Noel
Program ASSOCIATE

 

Luke is a Program Associate at Worth Rises and joined the organization in 2018.

Previously, Luke interned with the Government Affairs Office of the Human Rights Campaign, Criminal Justice Policy Center, and Legislative Affairs Department of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Luke graduated with a B.A. from New York University Shanghai in 2017 as a member of the university's inaugural class. He studied global China studies with a concentration in politics and law and a minor in finance.