Aman Sebahtu joined Evident Change in 2017 and is the director of justice. He is an attorney, technical assistance provider, facilitator, and researcher working to advance racial justice and community well-being through investment in community-led strategies that transform harmful systems. At Evident Change, he leads the evaluation of Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative and is on the team of federal monitors overseeing the Settlement Agreement between the US Department of Justice and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.
Aman was previously the operations director at the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR), where he provided technical assistance, consulting, research, organizational development, and advocacy in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, youth development, and violence prevention to an array of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and philanthropic foundations. Prior to NICJR, Aman was a site manager at the W. Haywood Burns Institute, where he provided strategic direction to system and community stakeholders working to improve local and state policies contributing to racial and ethnic disparities.
An Oakland native, Aman serves on the board of the Brotherhood of the Elders Network. He earned a BA in sociology and African American studies from Emory University and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.