Romarilyn Ralston


Romarilyn Ralston is the executive director and former founding program director (2016-2022) of Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton. She is also the chair of the CSU Project Rebound Consortium Policy and Advocacy Committee.

A Black feminist prison abolitionist scholar working to interrupt criminalization at the intersections of race, gender, and education, Ralston earned a bachelor’s degree in gender and feminist studies from Pitzer College and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

She is the recipient of Pitzer College’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, California State Senator Ling Ling Chang’s 2020 Woman of Distinction Social Justice Champion Award, and the 2018 Civil Rights and Advocacy Award from the Orange County Chapter of the National Council of 100 Black Women.

Ralston was a 2018 fellow of the Women's Policy Institute, where as a member of the criminal justice reform team she helped to pass several pieces of legislation into law. Ralston has also held fellowships with Just Leadership USA, CORO Public Affairs, and the Napier Initiative for Justice and Peace.

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