Advisory Council


The advisory council is a group of prestigious professionals, academics, and community leaders lending their names and providing advice on how NARSOL can better manage the organization. The advisory council will provide NARSOL leadership with guidance on vision, innovation, integration, risk management, and profitability.


Professor Ira Ellman is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar with the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley and on the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy. His 2015 article, “ ‘Frightening and High’: The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics,” has been widely discussed in both legal publications and in key national media.



Dr. Alissa Ackerman is a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Fullerton, and co-founder of Ampersands Restorative Justice. For more than 15 years she has studied every aspect of sexual abuse and the criminal justice policies used after it occurs.  She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field and her innovative approach that has helped hundreds of people on their path toward healing. She has published several books and has written extensively on topics related to sexual abuse. Her most recent book, Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justicewas published in 2019.


Dr. Fred Berlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He is the director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma.  That program has been designated by the United States Department of Justice as a national resource site.  He is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Sex and Gender Clinic. He has numerous publications in a variety of medical and psychiatric journals.


Mr. Glenn Martin is the president and founder of, a social justice consultancy firm that partners with non-profits from across the United States to assist with fundraising, organizational development, and marketing. Glenn is a longstanding American criminal justice reform advocate and is the founder and former president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). He co-founded the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, a national campaign working to remove barriers to higher education facing students while they are in prison and after they are released.


Emily Horowitz (Ph.D., Yale University, 2002) is Professor and Chair of Sociology & Criminal Justice at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where she founded and co-directs a college degree program for those with criminal-legal involvement. She is the author of Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us (Praeger, 2015). Her From Rage to Reason: Why We Need Sex Crime Laws Based on Facts, Not Fear is forthcoming (May 2023) from Bloomsbury/ABC-CLIO. Emily has conducted research on sex offense law and policy for over two decades and works closely with organizations that challenge public conviction registries and banishment laws.


NARSOL is honored to have these men and women on our advisory council; we will continue seeking out and adding additional equally qualified folk to join them and us in our cause.