Program Manager, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Aly Tamboura, Advisory Board, is the Strategic Advisor for the newly-formed The Just Trust, a grantmaking organization dedicated to dramatically shrinking the overall footprint of America’s criminal legal system—from the number of people incarcerated, to the more invisible and harmful ways it holds individuals, families, communities, and entire generations back from opportunity.
Prior to joining The Just Trust, Aly was a manager in the Criminal Justice Reform program at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He joined the organization in 2017, after working as a software engineer. Having spent over a decade of his life incarcerated, Aly brought both his firsthand experience with the criminal justice system and his strong technical skills to CZI to help advance critical reforms in the space.
Much of Aly’s work focuses on partnering with a rapidly growing national coalition of formerly incarcerated leaders that are expanding and accelerating the reform movement. Aly supports their efforts to build national and state-based coalitions that are challenging the harsh laws that contribute to mass incarceration, passing critical legislation, and giving those who are closest to the problems a voice in reimagining a justice system that does a better job at helping people and keeping communities safe.
Aly has spoken extensively — including to leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — about his story, the systemic barriers that keep so many people from achieving their full potential, and the urgent need to expand opportunities to formerly incarcerated people.
Prior to his role at CZI, Aly spent twenty years working in the underground utility industry, including 12 years as the founder and CEO of a Bay Area geotechnical company, where he managed and completed large and complex underground utility analytics for government and private entities.