Emmjolee Mendoza Waters

Emmjolee Mendoza Waters serves as the Director of the Death Penalty Abolition Program. Emmjolee is new to the CMN family, joining in August of 2023.

Emmjolee brings 20 years of experience in education, advocacy, and ministry with a particular focus on young adults. During Emmjolee’s tenure at The Catholic University of America, she helped build a culture of service and justice, rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. She created faith based programs that engaged young adults in direct service, in local and national advocacy, and in holistic formation.

Emmjolee has organized social justice advocacy and education programs around issues of hunger and homelessness, food insecurity, race and diversity. Emmjolee has extensive partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally; all focused on mutual relationship building. 

She served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize for two years as a teacher and school librarian. She holds a Masters in Social Work from The National Catholic School of Social Service with a focus on social justice and social change. Emmjolee, her husband Larry, and their five kids reside in Washington, DC