Dave Bates, Founder/Co-Chair, CAP Alliance; Director of Reentry, Five Keys Charter School
Dave Bates has 26 years of law enforcement experience. During his law enforcement career, he has worked as a deputy in the jail, patrol for seven years, an educator in the public and private schools, public relations division and fundraising for the department. During the last 10 years of Dave’s law enforcement career, he focused on transforming the hearts and minds of the incarcerated, creating rehabilitation programs.
Starting a new career, Dave joined Five Keys by creating a reentry division. The division is comprised of safe housing, sober living, legal matters, family reunification and employment.
Dave founded the C.A.P. Alliance, a combination of reentry organizations throughout Los Angeles County.
Zaneta J Smith, MSW, Co-Chair, CAP Alliance; Associate Director, California Policy and Research Initiative
Zaneta serves as the Associate Director of the California Policy and Research Initiative (CALPRI) She coordinates the operations of the polling, focus group, and civic engagement efforts of one of California’s prominent polling organizations focused on African American civic interests.
She currently is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Cal State University Los Angeles.
Prior to joining PRPI, Zaneta built the clinical system at LA Kitchen as Associate Director of Clinical and Student Services serving formerly incarcerated individuals. Zaneta has also worked with Downtown Women's Center and United Job Creation Council in the areas of job development, homelessness, and mentoring of formerly incarcerated individuals.