Shari Silberstein is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to end the death penalty. Since joining the staff of Equal Justice USA in September 2000, Shari has provided hands-on technical assistance, capacity building, strategic planning, training, and campaign coordination to more than two dozen state organizations working for death penalty repeal. She has helped lead the death penalty repeal movement to end the death penalty in six states in the last six years, developing strategies that have since become the norm across the movement. In 2008, she led a transition process to separate EJUSA from its former parent organization, the Quixote Center, and launch as an independent organization. Under her leadership, EJUSA has grown more than tenfold since 2004. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Film, Television, and Radio from New York University and a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a former filmmaker, a swing dancer, and plays the electric bass.