Calvonah began her career with the Meadows Institute in 2018 to reduce unnecessary justice involvement for people living with mental health care needs. She has provided technical assistance for the implementation of pre-arrest diversion models throughout Texas, including call response teams in Dallas (RIGHT Care), Abilene (CRT), and Irving (MHRT). Calvonah has also contributed to community needs assessments by creating and distributing stakeholder engagement materials and coordinating interviews, focus groups, and data collection.
Calvonah received her BA and MS in Criminology from the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. As a summer research assistant, she collected data for a National Institute of Justice project aiming to create a 30-year database of school shootings and fill a need for reliable data on gun violence on school campuses.