Abby Whipple, the founder of Vela, is a seasoned restorative justice facilitator and trainer, having trained more than 300 volunteers in restorative justice practices and facilitated restorative justice conferences for more than 250 individual cases. She founded Vela with seed funding from the National Center on Restorative Justice. Vela provides training and technical assistance for data collection, analysis and reporting for restorative programs across the country. Vela is also contracted to determine if there is equitable access to restorative diversions from racial justice lens. Before founding Vela, Ms. Whipple served as the Program Manager for the LCJP Community Restorative Justice Program (2015-2019) and University of Colorado Restorative Justice Program (2012-2015). She chaired the committee in Colorado which created minimum learning objectives for a 20-hour facilitator training, and she is currently supporting restorative practitioners in Colorado to revise the state's standards for restorative practices. She earned her MBA -- International Management in Germany at the University of Pforzheim.