Sarah Gad

Founder & President

Sarah is a second-year law student at the University of Chicago. Before starting law school, she worked as the Forensic Director at a celebrated civil rights law firm in Illinois. She contributed to several high profile cases, including the Steven Avery case, the Melissa Calusinski case, and Mario Casciaro's exoneration.

Sarah volunteers her time with various prison-reform related organizations, such as the Chicago Community Bond Fund. She also works with and represents nonviolent drug offenders through legal aid clinics in the Chicago community, as well as through the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at her law school.

Rana Yaghmaian, PhD, CRC

Mental Health Director

Dr. Yaghmaian is an assistant professor of counselor education and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program coordinator at Portland State University. She received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where a significant portion of her clinical work was dedicated to treating individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

Marcia Glass, MD

Program Director

Dr. Marcia Glass is a practicing physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Palliative Care at Tulane University. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Tulane University. 

Dr. Glass has volunteered with Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and the Yale/Stanford Johnson. She takes a special interest in prison health policy, and has worked extensively with death row inmates within the Louisiana prison system. She also runs a blog called Opiana, which is a collection of perspective pieces from medical providers working on the frontline of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

A2A is proud to announce that we have teamed up with two prominent criminal justice reform groups in the greater Chicago area:

The Chicago Urban League

The Women's Justice Institute 

If you are an organization interested in partnering with A2A or an individual interested in volunteer opportunities, please visit our contact page or email us directly at

If you are either an undergraduate or graduate student who has a world-changing idea, please visit the Clinton Global Initiative University website to find out more about how to turn your idea into action!

Dina Gad, MD

Vice President, Medical Director

Dr. Gad is a practicing physician and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Cornell University. She received both her undergraduate an medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gad is among the of less than 3% U.S. physicians who are licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for OUD.

Dr. Gad takes a special interest in addiction medicine, and firmly believes that the opioid crisis is a public health issue, not a criminal on.  She has treated numerous addicts in her 12-years as a practicing physician and can vouch for the success of MAT. She firmly believes that increased access to MAT medications is key to resolving the opioid epidemic.

Rebececa Burke, MD

AssistantMedical Director

Dr. Burke is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She works as a consulting physician at both Tulane University Medical Center and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. She is responsible for helping develop the Supportive/Palliative consulting service and outpatient Palliative Care Clinic at University Medical Center.