REMIND will be a client-centered resource to help public defenders serve individuals facing mental health challenges. With this project, we seek to protect health and end incarceration.
We are still in the early stages of development for REMIND (and its website!), so we ask for your patience as we make progress. We are eager to report on forthcoming partnerships and milestones. If you’d like to subscribe to upcoming news about REMIND, please sign up at the bottom of the page.
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Jennay Ghowrwal, MHSFounder and Director2018 Community Fellow, Open Society Institute-BaltimoreJennay is a public health professional, criminal justice scholar, and activist with lived experience as a caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with severe mental illness. In 2018, she was awarded a fellowship with the Open Society Institute-Baltimore to launch REMIND in Baltimore City. Through this fellowship, she engages with a network of local social justice leaders, with skills and experiences in community organizing, criminal justice, health, education and youth development, and the arts.
Prior to REMIND, Jennay worked as a public health policy and program development consultant for nonprofit clients and advised healthcare providers on project design and fundraising strategies. Before that, she worked for nearly a decade at public health and anti-poverty nonprofits, with responsibilities that spanned training development, qualitative and quantitative research, program implementation, fundraising, communications, and operations. In 2016, Jennay co-authored the Indivisible Guide, a resource for grassroots activists seeking to strengthen American democracy.
Jennay holds a master of health science in public mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor of arts from American University. She is currently pursuing doctoral study in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jennay lives in Baltimore with her husband and their four complicated cats.
Samuel (Sam) Feder, JDAdvisor
Sam supports REMIND with strategy and content development on a volunteer basis. He has practiced as an appellate public defender in Maryland since 2015, and prior to that held an equivalent role at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In law school, Sam practiced as a student attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic, and later helped manage the “Unger Clinic” at the University of Maryland, where he spent his third year as a visiting student. He completed clerkships at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, where he previously worked as an intern investigator, and at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender’s Appellate Section.
Sam holds a juris doctor from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts from Carleton College. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and New Jersey.
Sam lives in Baltimore with Jennay, because they are married.