Calvonah began her career with the Institute as Smart Justice intern in 2017, and she currently serves as the project coordinator of adult policy. While at MMHPI, she has collected and analyzed data, engaged stakeholders, and developed technical assistance materials to support the improvement of mental health care across the state of Texas. Additionally, she has worked to assist law enforcement leaders with implementing pre-arrest diversion strategies as well as other criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing unnecessary justice involvement for people living with behavioral healthcare needs.
Calvonah attended UT Dallas, where she worked as a peer advisor and led two student organizations as president, the black student alliance and the criminal justice honor society, alpha phi sigma. As a volunteer summer research assistant, she collected qualitative data to contribute to the first complete and standardized database of school shootings in the United States. For her student leadership, she received the “Leadership, Service, and Academic Excellence Award” given by the Director of Multicultural Affairs. Calvonah graduated in 2017 with a BA in criminology and earned an MS in criminology the following year.