“I’m a lifer. I’m in this for the long haul.”

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL, but currently resides in Whittier, CA

Education: A.A. in Business, St. Petersburg College

B.S. in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary

Known in the office as: Just ‘Esi’

Recognizable by: The special effects she adds to her Google Hangout during staff meetings!

Esi Mathis is a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow and works with the CFSY as our family justice advocate. In her fellowship project, Esi joins 13 other advocates from across the nation working on a variety of criminal justice issues.

Currently living in southern California, Esi will train and mobilize coalitions of citizens directly impacted by the issue of children sentenced to die in prison. She is herself directly impacted both by violent crime and extreme sentencing, as she lost both her grandson and nephew to violent crime and her son was sentenced to three life-without-parole sentences. He was released in August 2013 after 22 years of incarceration.

Esi also serves as coordinator of the National Family Network, a support system for friends and family members of people impacted by youth violence and extreme sentencing. She has more than 15 years of human resources management experience.

Esi is an ordained minister and a certified life coach.  She currently serves as director of the Children’s Ministry at Gateway Community Church in Chino, California.