Project Background and Acknowledgments

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Project was initiated to help corrections, workforce, and reentry administrators and practitioners navigate the complex issues related to coordinated planning and service delivery. This work is being conducted with the leadership and support of a public-private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with guidance from the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor.

This project was built on the strong foundational work done by CSG Justice Center Director Michael Thompson and Center for Employment Opportunities Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mindy Tarlow for the Reentry Employment Services Matrix—as well as the work conducted by then-Public/Private Venture Senior Vice President of Program Effectiveness Sheila Maguire on Workforce Guide for Reentry Practitioners. They have all provided much-appreciated guidance and tireless support for this effort.

Special thanks is also due to John Padilla, then Senior Program Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Ruby Qazilbash, Associate Deputy Director at the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. This project would not have been possible without their leadership. 


Promoting Public-Private Partnerships

  • Business Leader Roundtable
  • Additional Resources
  • Building Knowledge on Effective Programs

  • The White Paper
  • Additional Resources
  • Project Background and Acknowledgements

    The Reentry and Employment Project Advisory Group

    This group of expert advisors gave generously of their time and expertise to assist with the development of the white paper and conceptualization of the larger Reentry and Employment project.


    Dan Bloom, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC
    Earl Buford, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership
    Richard Greenwald, Manhattan Institute
    Stefan LoBuglio, Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    Angela Moore, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
    Eileen Pederson, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
    Cindy Redcross, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC
    Amy Rynell, Social IMPACT Research Center, Heartland Alliance
    Eric Seleznow, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
    Mindy Tarlow, Center for Employment Opportunities
    Jen Troke, Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Department of Labor
    Diane Williams, Safer Foundation

    The Knowledge Development Steering Committee

    This diverse group of expert advisors gave generously of their time and expertise to assist with the conceptualization and development of the Reentry and Employment Toolkit, and will support ongoing efforts to provide the field with resources and tools to address barriers to employment faced by individuals with criminal histories.


    Esta Bigler, Labor and Employment Law Program, ILR School, Cornell University
    Thurston Bryant, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
    Melanca Clark, Access to Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice
    Todd Cox, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Meredith Desautels, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
    Gary Dennis, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
    Sharon Dietrich, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
    Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice
    Jacqui Freeman, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
    Simon Gonsulin, Neglected or Delinquent Technical Assistance Center, American Institutes for Research
    Eliza Hersh, East Bay Community Law Center
    James Jones, National Transitional Jobs Network, Heartland Alliance
    Larry Kupers, Access to Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice
    Karen Lash, Access to Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice
    John Linton, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
    Margaret Love, Law Office of Margaret Love
    Amy Meek, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Roberta Meyers-Peeples, National HIRE Network, Legal Action Center
    Tani Mills, Center for Employment Opportunities
    Madeline Neighly, National Employment Law Project
    Cheryl Nolan, Legal Services Corporation
    Mark O’Brien, National Hire Network, Legal Action Center
    Laura Parise, Youth Represent
    Eileen Pederson, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
    Michael Pinard, University of Maryland Law School
    Cindy Redcross, Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, MDRC
    Jeffrey Selbin, University of California Berkeley School of Law
    Susan Shorters, Telling Your Story, LLC / High Impact Partners (HIP)
    Amy Solomon, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
    Jennifer Troke, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
    Chris Warland, National Transitional Jobs Network, Heartland Alliance
    Marsha Weissman, Center for Community Alternatives
    Melissa Young, National Transitional Jobs Network, Heartland Alliance