Our Team

We are building a team of empathetic and kind technologists with a commitment to racial and economic justice.

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    Devshi Mehrotra
    CEO

    Devshi is a Schwarzman Scholar and Obama Foundation Community Leader recognized for her work at the intersection of tech and impact.

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    Leslie Jones-Dove
    CTO

    Leslie is a full-stack engineer with extensive technical experience scaling web products across Google and JP Morgan.

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    Oscar Hull
    Senior Engineer

    Oscar is an engineering wizard from Mexico who loves working with fast-paced, mission-driven startup teams. He is passionate about backend and software architecture and has more than 10 years of experience working with software development. 

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    Sharon Tung
    Product Designer

    Sharon is a product designer and a proponent of design which disrupts the status quo and humanizes technology.

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    Gabriel Lucena
    Engineer

    Human being, lover of software development and games.

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    Marcos Soares
    Engineer

    Marcos is a software engineer from Brazil with four years of experience. He believes in the value of work and is constantly improving his skills to deliver the most significant value to the team.

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    Caroline Hanson
    Business Development

    Caroline is a 2022 University of Chicago graduate with a degree in Public Policy Studies and a minor in Computer Science. She is passionate about finding solutions that improve access to and quality of justice for everyone.

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Why We Are Building JusticeText

Our founding team began attending college in Chicago in 2015. During the November of our freshman year, a dash cam video was released revealing that a 17-year-old, unarmed African American boy by the name of Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. In the aftermath of this tragedy, the city saw a proliferation of facial recognition software, gang databases, and predictive policing tools — all applications of technology designed to expedite arrest and incarceration.

In our increasingly technology-dependent criminal justice system, there was an utter lack of technological solutions built with empathy for the communities most directly affected by it. And that is exactly why we started building JusticeText.

As technologists of color, our work is grounded in both a sociological and historical appreciation for the complexities of the American criminal justice system—with its gaping faults and inequality but also its capacity for reform. In building this organization, we are committed to strengthening the capacity of our public institutions to ensure criminal legal representation for all Americans, regardless of income.