Catholic Mobilizing Network staff represents experience and passion. These people bring a wealth of experience that comes from years spent organizing and educating. The CMN staff is committed to working to end the use of the death penalty and promoting restorative justice.
Karen Clifton is the Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network. She began her work against the death penalty in 1996 in Houston, Texas, when her social justice and advocacy projects intersected with those of Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. In 2008, Karen spearheaded the formation of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN).
Headquartered in Washington, DC, CMN seeks to apply the Church’s teaching on the dignity of human life in the areas of capital punishment and restorative justice.
Krisanne is the Managing Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network. Krisanne is delighted to join CMN with more than twenty years working in national level social justice advocacy. For more than a decade, Krisanne served as senior church relations staff at Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Krisanne is co-author of Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures published by Baker Books June 2016. She is also adjunct teaching faculty at Eastern University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Development in St. David’s, Pennsylvania.
Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi is an Italian Comboni Missionary Sister. After graduating in Social Work at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (the Jesuits’ University in Madrid, Spain), she ministered for 17 years in Peru and Colombia in different areas. In Peru she had been organizing communities and educating women for the Diocese of Lurin, and running a diocesan microcredit program to eradicate poverty empowering people living below the poverty line. In Colombia she worked with street children in a conflict zone.
Alexandra Carroll is CMN’s Director of Communications. Alexandra came to CMN after receiving her Masters in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) with a special focus in Theological Ethics and Human Rights from Boston College. While living and studying in Boston, Alexandra became a weekly volunteer with the Catholic prison ministry at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Her encounters with the women and men she met while volunteering is what inspired Alexandra to get involved with work to end the use of the death penalty.
A long time member of the death penalty abolition movement, Daniel is ecstatic to work for CMN as the Director of Advancement. He has worked previously with Alvernia University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and the Community Center at Visitation in various programming and development capacities. He has a BA in Spanish and History from Xavier University and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Daniel enjoys urban gardening, volunteering at Catholic Worker houses, and geocaching.
Caitlin is grateful to oversee implementation of restorative justice programming at CMN. Following early formation in immersive Catholic service experiences, she worked for change in her communities through direct social services, programmatic and operational capacities at agencies such as Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Catholic Volunteer Network, Youth Service Opportunities Project and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Caitlin is currently an MA Candidate in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University and serves on the Board of Directors at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, WV.
Emma Tacke is CMN's Associate Director of Community Engagement. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the College of Saint Benedict, Emma moved to Seattle, Washington for a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Upon completing JVC NW Emma spent a year with NETWORK Lobby in Washington D.C. working for social and economic issues as a Grassroots Mobilization Associate. As a lifelong Catholic and believer in the sanctity of human life, joining CMN seems like a natural segue for Emma.