Our Board

Board of Directors

San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project is supported by strong and talented Directors. Current Directors include:


Mamta Ahluwalia  is an attorney, who represents workers in wage theft and discrimination cases.  Mamta was previously a deputy public defender in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area, representing indigent clients charged with crimes. Mamta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington.  In a long standing commitment to social justice, Mamta has previously worked with non-governmental organizations and social movements in India, South Africa, and Brazil. Mamta previously served two terms on the IDEX Board.


Isela Ford, MPA has over 15 years’ experience working with incarcerated populations in the San Francisco County jails. As a program coordinator for the San Francisco Department of Public Health she introduced various projects in the SF jails that ensured incarcerated populations received the community standard prevention services focusing on HIV, STD, hepatitis, as well as positive sexual health education.  Services provided include condom access in the jails, self-administered electronic data collection, female focused participatory action research and peer-advocacy and support for HIV+ inmates exiting the jails.   Her commitment and advocacy in ensuring standard of care for the most marginalized incarcerated populations is an example of her belief that by serving and empowering underserved communities positive health outcomes and system changes can be achieved.




Jessica Nowlan bio forthcoming







Betsy Wolkin completed her undergraduate work at SF State and obtained her law degree from Hastings College of the Law. She was admitted to the bar in 1979. She was a Public Defender in San Francisco for 8 years. She has been a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, primarily in state court, since that time. Since 2005, she has worked part-time at the San Francisco Bar Association as an Administrator of the Criminal Conflicts Panel in San Francisco. In addition to her private practice, she continues to represent indigent defendants as a practicing member of the conflicts panel, She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Task Force of the San Francisco Bar Association and chairs the Bail sub-committee of the Task Force.



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