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About Raheem

Raheem is building the technical and institutional infrastructure for a world without policing. 

Everyone deserves compassionate treatment, care, justice, and healing without fearing harm from those they call for help.

Our vision is to build products and services that help everyone—especially those most impacted by systemic discrimination—be safe to live and love freely in a world that responds to conflict with care not violence.

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Our story

Brandon D. Anderson, a Black queer abolitionist, founded Raheem after he lost his life partner to police violence during a routine traffic stop. The officer had a history of being physically abusive, particularly during traffic stops, but no one had ever reported him.

Raheem was launched in 2017 as an independent police reporting service and advocacy organization. Based on more than 2500 reports of people’s interactions with police and additional research, we recognized the need for a service that provides an alternative to respond to community needs without the involvement of police.

Our team

Brandon Anderson · Founder & Executive Director

A Black queer abolitionist organizer, Brandon D. Anderson was born and raised in Oklahoma City during the 1980’s crack epidemic and the 1990’s global HIV pandemic. Before founding Raheem, Anderson served five years in the army, completing two tours in Iraq as a satellite engineer before earning his BA from Georgetown University. Anderson is a former Guest Lecturer at MIT and Claremont College; and is a 2019 TED Fellow, a 2018 Echoing Green Fellow, and a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award nominee.

Demetria Huntsman · Chief of Staff

Demetria is an Oakland native and Black Queer Woman dedicated to improving the quality of life for Black people. Demetria has an accomplished career as a violence prevention/intervention service provider, launching and leading restorative justice programs. Her restorative justice based work became a model for resolving conflict and was selected by State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata and then mayor Ron Dellums as Oakland’s first community street-based outreach program. Demetria later partnered with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, to launch Black Futures Lab. As Senior Director / Operations + Finance at Black Futures Lab, Demetria worked alongside Ms. Garza, Principal, to grow staffing from a team of three to a staff of twelve and increase the organization budget from $1M to $10M in just three years. Demetria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis and a Master of Business Administration from Mills College.

Cosette Ayele · Organizing Director

Cosette is a Black womanist and abolitionist organizer, wife and mom from the South side of Chicago. Since 2014 she has been organizing with the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), leading and participating in multiple grassroots campaigns focused on ending gender-based violence and police violence based in Chicago, Washington D.C. and in South Africa. Prior to joining Raheem, she used her data analytics and urban planning skills to maintain reporting transparency at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Cosette’s commitment to organizing is rooted in a belief that investment in Black and Brown communities and divestment from police and all carceral systems will set us free.

Nadav Savio · Product Director

Nadav is compassionately curious about the problems people face and all-in on solving them. Before joining Raheem, he led product design for Google Search and User Experience for Google.org. Nadav has spent the past 25 years designing digital things to help people thrive, including an emergency alerting system for Google.org, an electronic medical records system for Médecins Sans Frontières, a civic engagement platform for Greenpeace, an energy-saving smart thermostat, and core emergency features of Android phones.

Charlie Lipford · Senior Engineer

Charlie is a hacker with a passion for changing culture, and in turn society, through transformative technology. Before joining Raheem, he worked as a full stack and dev ops engineer at Microsoft as well as taking on the sole developer role at Swivel Beauty.

Proudly based in Oakland, CA, Raheem is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization operating nationwide for a world in which we all feel safe to live and love freely.

    Raheem is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 82-1805718