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.
Director of Content
Dana Rasso 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.
Director of Campaigns
Brittany Williams is the Director of Campaigns at Worth Rises and joined the organization in 2019.
Previously, Brittany was a freelance organizer, most recently serving as the Policy & Logistics Chair for Women’s March New York City, where she spearheaded the organization’s response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 Women Agenda. She was also recently a lead organizer with the Mass Bailout in New York City, through which she helped bail out and provide support for women and children on Rikers Island.
Prior to that, Brittany also served as an Electoral & Advocacy Organizer for Indivisible, overseeing Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont and training over 1,000 Indivisible groups over the course of her tenure. Brittany built Indivisible’s 50 state voter registration program and supported the races of over 30 New York candidates, including Cynthia Nixon and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
Before joining Indivisible, Brittany was an organizer with Just Leadership USA on the #CLOSErikers campaign, where she worked to pressure New York City Mayor DeBlasio to close Rikers Island as part of an effort to decarcerate and abolish jails across New York State.
As the founder of Dancing for Justice, Brittany also enjoys using art and creativity to build power. She has led dance-led protests in nine cities to address the methods of policing and anti-black sentiments that continue to dehumanize, devalue, incriminate, incarcerate, shoot, and kill people of color. Brittany served as the Manager of Arts & Culture for Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. In 2017, she gathered community members and national partners, including BAJI, Safety Pin Box, and the Coalition to Support Racial Justice, to open 13 shelters in just 36-hours for communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Brittany graduated with her B.A. in dance studies from the University of South Florida.
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 program's inaugural class. He studied global China studies with a concentration in politics and law and a minor in finance.
Lawrence Bartley is a Program Assistant at Worth Rises and joined the organization in 2018. Lawrence is also a Communications Assistant at The Marshall Project.
Previously, Lawrence co-founded Forgotten Voices and its successor Voices From Within, which now seeks to address gun violence in New York City under his continued leadership. As a member of the Osborne Association’s Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative, he also met with New York City Mayor's Office and Department of Education staff as well as members of New York State judiciary to address matters that affect children with incarcerated parents.
Lawrence has provided multimedia content for the NY Emmy-winning three part series “Drama in the Big House", been featured on WNYC’s Death, Sex and Money podcast, and delivered a TED Talk entitled “Power of a Parents Voice." Wipf and Stock, The Marshall Project, and Vice have published his writing.
Lawrence graduated with a B.S. from Mercy College and M.P.S. from New York Theological Seminary.