Team

We are a community of more than 100 researchers, practitioners, policy experts, writers, and collaborators who believe deeply in our mission to advance safety and second chances.

Leadership


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Megan Quattlebaum
Director
As director of the CSG Justice Center, Megan Quattlebaum leads a staff of approximately 120 who work across an array of specialties that span the criminal justice continuum to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Before
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joining the organization, Megan most recently served as a research scholar in law and the program director of the Justice Collaboratory at the Yale Law School, where she taught as well as developed and oversaw research projects and led the organization’s work on behalf of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice; she was also the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence for the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law. She has also served as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. She has also served as a practicing criminal and civil defense attorney with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in New York and an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh. In addition, she clerked for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her JD from the Yale Law School.
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Marshall Clement
Deputy Director, Policy and Strategic Planning
Marshall Clement provides strategic leadership across the breadth of the CSG Justice Center’s policy and programmatic work to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Previously, Marshall served as the organization’s division director of state initiatives. Over a 13-year tenure at
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the CSG Justice Center, Marshall led the growth and evolution of the Justice Reinvestment program, which assists policymakers seeking to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest these savings in strategies that lower recidivism rates and increase public safety. As part of this process, Marshall coordinated the work of a team of policy analysts and national experts to analyze corrections data and policy and develop policy options for policymakers in 27 states. He regularly facilitated meetings among judicial and state agency officials and testified before legislative committees in various states across the country; his findings have been used to inform policy initiatives that have enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. Marshall received his BA in public policy with honors from Brown University.
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Margaret Schramm Horn
Deputy Director, Finance, Operations and Administration
Margaret Schramm Horn began her career working for JPMorgan Chase in New York in the treasury and risk management areas as a federal funds trader. She later transferred to Panama, where she developed the Asset/Liability Management and Foreign Exchange Trading
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departments. Upon her return to the U.S., Margaret managed JPMorgan Chase’s Chicago Regional Treasury office, where she supervised the money market, government, municipal, and foreign exchange sales teams. After moving to Prudential Financial, she served as chief administrative officer of Prudential’s International Investments division, which comprises the on-shore international asset management group and the offshore mutual funds. She was responsible for the overall management of Prudential’s investment businesses in Mexico, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Brazil, with AUM and AUA of $124 billion. Later, at Goldman Sachs, she worked in the audit department of the Investment Management division. She received her BBA from the University of Notre Dame, her MBA from Columbia University, and her MDiv at Yale University.
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Ayesha Delany-Brumsey
Director, Behavioral Health
Ayesha Delany-Brumsey oversees the Behavioral Health Division and its various portfolios, which focus on how parts of the criminal justice system intersect with the mental health, substance addiction, and homeless systems, among others. Before joining the organization, Ayesha was most
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recently the director of Behavioral Health Research and Programming at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York City. Prior to that, she was the director of the Substance Use and Mental Health program at the Vera Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.
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Michael Clark
Director, Communications and External Affairs
Michael Clark leads the CSG Justice Center’s strategic communications efforts, including the execution of media-related strategies, the development of publications, and the coordination of its digital properties. In addition, he plays a leadership role in the organization’s national campaigns, as
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well as oversees its Government Affairs operation and manages key external partnerships. Mike previously managed the CSG Justice Center’s public relations. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Mike worked as a journalist for The Hartford Courant, The Press of Atlantic City, and The New York Post, covering a wide range of issues including state and local government and politics, public safety, tourism, and business. He later transitioned into public relations, serving in management positions at two New York PR agencies and representing a variety of companies and nonprofit organizations. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Connecticut.
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Nicole Jarrett
Director, Corrections and Reentry
Nicole Jarrett directs the Corrections and Reentry Division at the CSG Justice Center, as well as the National Reentry Resource Center. She previously served as the division's deputy director, guiding the organization's grantee technical assistance, coordinating support to jurisdictions that
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are developing and implementing diversion, treatment, and reentry initiatives. Dr. Jarrett previously served as the director of health policy research at the National Medical Association, where she led projects to strengthen the public health safety net and improve the quality of care provided in underserved communities. She also served as the director of community health policy at the Baltimore City Health Department, where she directed the city’s participation in the Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved Initiative. She received her BS from Rutgers University, her PhD in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center of Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
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Elizabeth Lyon
Director, State Initiatives
Elizabeth K. Lyon oversees the technical support provided to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation. Since joining the CSG Justice Center in 2012, Elizabeth has provided tailored technical assistance to and worked with leaders in eight states to ensure that the
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policies enacted achieve the projected outcomes to reduce spending on corrections and to reinvest in strategies to improve public safety. Previously, Elizabeth was the director of governmental relations for the State Bar of Michigan, where she directed the public policy program that included a large state and federal agenda. She holds a BA from the James Madison College at Michigan State University.
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Kenya Salaudeen
Director, Human Resources
As a member of the CSG Justice Center senior management team, Kenya Salaudeen plays a key role in the delivery of HR programs. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Kenya served as director of human resources for the New York
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City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of all personnel programs and the staffing of public housing developments, central offices, and all other NYCHA locations with more than 11,000 employees, and also oversaw the agency’s labor relations program. Before her time with NYCHA, Kenya served as Vice President at HELP/PSI, a healthcare and social services organization, where she revamped the recruitment and hiring processes, and designed and implemented programs in both employee health benefits and employee recognition. Kenya has also served as Assistant Director for Benefits and Policies at Harlem Children’s Zone, where she provided human resource support to employees at 20 locations across New York City. She is currently an adjunct lecturer for the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies and volunteers as a mediator of small claims cases. Kenya holds a BA in Sociology from Hunter College, and graduated summa cum laude with an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.
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Behavioral Health


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Deirdra Assey
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Deirdra Assey provides technical assistance to programs planning and implementing criminal justice and mental health collaborations; she also works on projects under the CSG Justice Center’s courts portfolio. Prior to joining the organization, Deirdra worked for Hudson County's Screening Center
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at Jersey City Medical Center, where she was a civil commitment evaluator. She also worked with the Hudson County Crisis Intervention Team and has trained with various local law enforcement agencies. Deirdra received her BA and MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Alex Blandford
Program Director, Behavioral Health
Alex Blandford oversees and executes the CSG Justice Center's health policy portfolio and works to improve access to health care for people in the criminal justice system through federal, state, and local policy. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center,
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Alex was a project coordinator for the Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health, which is housed in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. As a project coordinator, she oversaw a variety of research projects, including one examining the Pittsburgh region’s emergency response to mental health crises, and another evaluating the region’s Crisis Intervention Team training for police officers. She earned her BS in psychology and BA in French from the Pennsylvania State University and her MPH at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Thomas Coyne
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Thomas Coyne provides technical assistance to jurisdictions addressing the housing needs of people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked on health and housing policy with the
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Health & Housing Integration team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He brings field experience from social work, having working extensively with people with serious mental illness in Washington, DC, as well as with families reuniting with their children from foster care in Michigan. Thomas earned his BS in criminal justice and BA in sociology from Madonna University and his MPP from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.
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Ayesha Delany-Brumsey
Director, Behavioral Health
Ayesha Delany-Brumsey oversees the Behavioral Health Division and its various portfolios, which focus on how parts of the criminal justice system intersect with the mental health, substance addiction, and homeless systems, among others. Before joining the organization, Ayesha was most
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recently the director of Behavioral Health Research and Programming at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York City. Prior to that, she was the director of the Substance Use and Mental Health program at the Vera Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.
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Laura Fabius
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Laura Fabius works with the law enforcement team, providing technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantees and learning sites. Prior to joining CSG Justice Center, Laura worked for the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center as a correctional
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program specialist, where she assessed the capabilities of people who were incarcerated and developed community relationships to secure employment opportunities for this population after they reentered their communities. She has also served as a correctional specialist in a detention center in Anne Arundel County, where she helped manage programming for its incarcerated population. Laura has a BA in psychology and sociology and an MS in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic psychology and crime analysis from the University of Hartford.
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Hallie Fader-Towe
Program Director, Behavioral Health
Hallie Fader-Towe works with local and state policymakers to craft policies, processes, and programs that will work best for their jurisdictions. In her positions with The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center she has worked with jurisdictions around the
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country on collaborative, data-driven planning and implementation efforts to address criminal justice functions from initial detention through reentry, including a focus on individuals with mental illnesses. She has also managed the development of training materials on mental health courts and on judicial responses to the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. She has written on dispute systems design for state trial courts, pretrial responses to those with mental illnesses, information sharing between criminal justice and mental health systems, and mental health court design and implementation. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. Hallie received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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Hadley Fitzgerald
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Hadley Fitzgerald provides technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and supports policy projects to enhance cross-system collaborations for criminal justice and behavioral health agencies. Prior to the CSG Justice Center, Hadley worked at the New York
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City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a coordinator for a regional consortium of Medicaid plans, providers, and Health Homes. Previously, Hadley worked as a forensic social worker for the DOHMH and NYPD Co-Response Team and the Brooklyn Defender Services. She received an MSW from the Hunter School of Social Work and a BA from New York University.
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Kati Habert
Program Director, Behavioral Health
Kati Habert manages the onsite county technical assistance, including county projects, through the Stepping Up Initiative. She has also worked with the National Reentry Resource Center to provide policy reviews and recommendations to state- and local-level grantees focused on reentry,
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correctional practices, family substance addiction treatment, and co-occurring substance addiction and mental illness. She previously worked as a senior associate with the National Association of Counties providing criminal justice technical assistance to counties. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA and MA in criminology and criminal justice.
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Risë Haneberg
Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
Risë Haneberg provides technical assistance to county systems improvement projects, the Stepping Up Initiative, and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas,
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from 2008 to 2014. In that role, Risë provided staff support to the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council and facilitated the coordination of criminal justice-related activities for the District Court, the sheriff’s and, district attorney’s offices, the Department of Corrections, the Court Services Department, and the Johnson County Mental Health Center. Her work in Johnson County involved both the juvenile and adult divisions, and major projects included a Justice and Mental Health Intercept Project, Second Chance Reentry, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and justice reinvestment at the local level. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer of the 10th Judicial District Court in Johnson County, and began her career in criminal justice as a juvenile probation officer in 1979. Risë holds a BS in criminal justice from Wichita State University and an MA in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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Ethan Kelly
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Ethan Kelly provides technical assistance to grantees working with people who have co-occurring substance addictions and mental illnesses and are involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining CSG Justice Center, Ethan was a clinical supervisor and trainer for
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behavioral health/criminal justice programs, managing a pretrial mental health program and providing trainings on mental health, critical incident stress management, and criminogenic risk. He earned his BSW from Southern Connecticut State University and his MSW from Fordham University.
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Eunice Kwak
Program Assistant, Behavioral Health
Eunice Kwak provides a range of project-based and administrative support to the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to CSG Justice Center, she was a youth advocate and data analyst for the community-based program NYC ROSES. As a youth advocate, she worked
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one-on-one with clients to work towards their educational, professional, and creative goals, with the objective of reducing their involvement with the criminal justice system and improve their educational outcomes. Prior to this, she served as a data analyst for ROSES, helping to evaluate its efficacy. She earned her BS in applied psychology from New York University.
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Alexis Lacy
Project Manager, Behavioral Health
Alexis Lacy provides oversight for the Second Chance Act reentry program for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illnesses (CSAMI) grant track, provides training and technical assistance to SCA CSAMI grantees, and supports various other addictions/co-occurring mental illnesses projects.
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Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Alexis worked in state and local government, most recently serving as the deputy director of the City Clerk & Clerk of Council Offices for the City of Alexandria. She also served as a criminal justice specialist for Recovery Courts with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where she worked with specialty court programs to implement and expand statewide behavioral health treatment initiatives. Alexis was also a law clerk for a Circuit Court Judge with the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Government. Alexis earned an MPA, Nonprofit Management Certificate, and BS in political science from Tennessee State University.
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Marilyn Leake
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Marilyn Leake works on county-based initiatives that are focused on improving outcomes for people in the criminal justice system who have behavioral health disorders. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Marilyn served as the Coordinator for the Mental Health
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and Drug Court programs in Prince George’s County, MD. Here, she collaborated closely with local stakeholders throughout the criminal justice and behavioral health systems on diversion and other tactics to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals with behavioral health disorders. She also worked on initiatives to standardize data collection and measurement strategies for treatment courts in the state of Maryland. Marilyn holds a BS from Appalachian State University and an MSW from the University of Maryland.
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Rachel Lee
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Rachel Lee administers technical assistance to Second Chance Act Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness program grantees, as well as helps to develop work within the addiction/co-occurring portfolio at large. Prior to joining the CSG Justice
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Center, Rachel worked for C4 Innovations, where she provided project assistance to several recovery-focused Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) initiatives. Rachel has also served as a therapist for people with behavioral health disorders in both inpatient and outpatient health care settings. Rachel earned her BA in psychology from Bates College and her MSW and MPA from Columbia University.
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Felicia Lopez Wright
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Felicia Lopez Wright provides behavioral health technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees, with a focus on courts, pretrial, and diversion. She also contributes to various behavioral health-criminal justice projects. Felicia, a licensed clinical social worker, has
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experience in providing mental health therapy to youth, adults, and families in various settings; she has also provided special education case management and short-term counseling at a community court program. She earned a BA in psychology from The College of New Jersey and an MSW from Rutgers University.
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Terence Lynn
Deputy Division Director, Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health
Terence Lynn leads the organization’s law enforcement portfolio, which focuses on the intersection between public safety agencies, criminal justice, and behavioral health services. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Terence served as the dean of Business and Criminal Justice at
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Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Prior, he was the senior director of the Division of Professional Studies at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he was responsible for all contracted training and technical advising with the City of New York Police Department (NYPD) and was one of the principal architects and instructors for its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) pilot program. He also served as the head of the police training academy in upstate New York operated by John Jay. In addition, Terence has also advised on a range of police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) response models in communities throughout New York and has served as a police officer with the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state police forces. Terence holds a CAGS degree in counseling and human relations and a MEd in psychology and is a certified CIT coordinator by CIT International.
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Olivia Randi
Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Olivia Randi supports the behavioral health team by assisting with operations, research, and communications. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where she facilitated a fundraising program in New York City schools
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to benefit blood cancer research. Before that, she interned at an alternative-to-incarceration program at Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In this role, she provided administrative support while researching the effects of health care policy on mental health clinics. She holds a BA in public health with a minor in biology from Beloit College.
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Mark Stovell
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Mark Stovell provides project support and technical assistance to Second Chance Act grantees that design and implement programs for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Mark worked for CASAColumbia in New York
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City where he contributed research to policy reports and co-developed educational tools about the impact of health care reform on addiction prevention and treatment. He also worked for Families USA in Washington, DC, and for Hunger Free Vermont as part of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. Mark earned his BA in political science and sociology from Ohio University and is currently pursuing his MPA at Baruch College.
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Sheila Tillman
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Sheila Tillman provides technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees, focusing on the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. She also provides support on a variety of behavioral health and reentry projects. Before joining the CSG
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Justice Center, Sheila was a project assistant at Policy Research Associates in Delmar, New York, where she assisted a variety of research projects. Sheila has a BA in criminal justice from Russell Sage College and received her MA in criminal justice from the University of New Haven.
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Allison Upton
Project Manager, Behavioral Health
Allison Upton provides technical assistance to grantees and supports policy development and projects specializing in the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health issues. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Allison worked at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and
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Employment Services (CASES) as the Director of Court Programs, where she oversaw the court and community operations of several alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) and detention programs serving adults with behavioral health needs in New York County. While at CASES, she developed a gender-specific track of ATI services for women involved with the justice system and provided training on evidence-based practices in screening/assessment in justice settings, gender-responsive recidivism risk assessment, trauma-informed case management practices, and cognitive-behavioral group interventions aimed at minimizing risk of recidivism. Allison previously worked as a staff psychologist in inpatient services at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center and as the director of an outpatient programs at the Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center. She received her BA from the University of Miami and her MS and PsyD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University.
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Sarah Wurzburg
Program Director, Behavioral Health
Sarah Wurzburg oversees technical assistance focused on behavioral health, corrections, and reentry, and serves as the lead for projects related to substance use and reentry. Previously, Sarah was a research analyst at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug
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Abuse Directors, Inc., where she was the team lead for Youth and Women’s Services, and was the primary author of research reports on youth substance use disorder treatment, driving under the influence, and Medicaid. Sarah has also worked as a juvenile court advocate and in community substance abuse prevention. She received her BA from DePauw University in English writing and her MA in social services administration with a focus on policy analysis from the University of Chicago.
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Communications & External Affairs


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Katy Albis
Senior Managing Editor, Communications and External Affairs
Katy Albis serves as lead editor on a variety of CSG Justice Center content, with a focus on corrections, reentry, and behavioral health, as well as campaigns and special initiatives. She also maintains the CSG Justice Center’s editorial style guide.
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Previously, Katy was an associate editor in the Higher Education Group at Oxford University Press, where she managed the editorial process for sociology and gender studies titles. She has a BA in classical languages and Africana studies from New York University and an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago.
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Darby Baham
Senior Managing Editor, Communications and External Affairs
Darby Baham manages editorial priorities for the CSG Justice Center and serves as lead editor for some of the organization’s most complex projects under health policy, housing, mental health, law enforcement, substance use, and corrections/reentry. She also helps develop short-
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and long-range editorial strategies to ensure the CSG Justice Center’s content effectively promotes the organization’s work and communicates complicated criminal justice policy issues in a clear and compelling way. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Darby was a public affairs specialist with the D.C. Department of Corrections, where she oversaw media relations and served as the publications manager, social media manager, photographer, designer, and internal communications coordinator for the agency. She also previously worked as a writer/editor for the D.C. Department of Transportation and as a freelance writer for various magazines. Darby earned her MA in American government from Georgetown University and her BA in journalism from Howard University.
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Michael Clark
Director, Communications and External Affairs
Michael Clark leads the CSG Justice Center’s strategic communications efforts, including the execution of media-related strategies, the development of publications, and the coordination of its digital properties. In addition, he plays a leadership role in the organization’s national campaigns, as
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well as oversees its Government Affairs operation and manages key external partnerships. Mike previously managed the CSG Justice Center’s public relations. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Mike worked as a journalist for The Hartford Courant, The Press of Atlantic City, and The New York Post, covering a wide range of issues including state and local government and politics, public safety, tourism, and business. He later transitioned into public relations, serving in management positions at two New York PR agencies and representing a variety of companies and nonprofit organizations. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Connecticut.
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Leslie Griffin
Editorial Project Manager, Communications and External Affairs
Leslie Griffin oversees the creation and publication of a wide range of materials for the State Initiatives division, including reports, policy briefs, research memos, presentations, web posts, grant proposals, and more. She also works closely with the Communications division to
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develop and expand editorial standards and communication strategies. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Leslie had an 18-year career in educational publishing overseeing the development of literature textbooks for grades 6–12. Leslie received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in English and creative writing.
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Ju Young Lee
Senior Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
Ju Young Lee works with the External Affairs team to help manage and promote the organization’s key strategic initiatives and external relationships. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Ju held positions at several New York public relations agencies where
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he represented a variety of health care, advocacy, and corporate clients. He holds a BA in history from the University of Florida.
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Emily Morgan
Director of Content Development, Communications and External Affairs
Emily Morgan provides strategic guidance and oversight in the conceptualization and production of the organization’s content, including publications, media relations materials, and web content. Previously, she directed a portfolio of special projects for the CSG Justice Center to support state
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and local officials in advancing school discipline reforms and improving outcomes for youth and young adults in the justice system. Emily has more than 15 years of experience in justice, education, and youth development policy and practice, having authored a number of publications on these subjects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she served as national policy analyst for Every Hour Counts, a coalition of citywide afterschool organizations, where she conducted federal advocacy and managed national grant initiatives to increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. She also served as a program officer at the Institute of International Education. A former elementary school teacher, Emily received a BS in education from Vanderbilt University and an EdM in education policy from Columbia University.
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Shannon Moriarty
Deputy Division Director, Communications and External Affairs
Shannon Moriarty helps to oversee the communications division and works to strengthen the CSG Justice Center's reputation as a trusted leader in in the criminal justice field. She provides strategic direction to align the organization’s brand, editorial, and digital strategy.
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Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Shannon led communications for The Doe Fund, a NYC-based nonprofit that provides workforce reentry training to homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. She was also the communications director for the NYU Furman Center, a think tank at the NYU School of Law that advances research on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy. Previously, Shannon was a founding editor for Change.org and a policy researcher at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. She holds a BA in political science from Bridgewater State University and a MA in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
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Jamal Nelson
Program Director, Government Affairs
Jamal Nelson cultivates and maintains relationships with members of Congress and the Administration and acts as a liaison to various coalitions and groups in order to effectively implement the legislative priorities of the CSG Justice Center. Before joining the CSG
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Justice Center in 2009, Jamal served as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked on international trade issues. Jamal received his BS in political science from Southern Connecticut State University.
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Hannah Sosland
Associate Public Affairs Specialist, Communications and External Affairs
Hannah Sosland provides organizational support to the communications and external affairs teams, helping disseminate CSG Justice Center resources to partners and the public. Prior to joining the organization, she worked at a public relations firm, where she represented technology startups.
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Hannah also interned at Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Health program. She earned her BA in peace and conflict studies with a minor in geology from Colgate University.
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Sheridan Watson
Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
Sheridan Watson manages public affairs activities and provides communications support for state-based justice reinvestment projects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she served for more than 10 years as a spokeswoman and communications advisor for three members of Congress.
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Previously, she managed a portfolio of policy issues for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and served in communications roles at Aetna and the Archdiocese of Washington. Sheridan earned her ABJ in public relations from the University of Georgia and her MA in legislative affairs from The George Washington University.
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Corrections & Reentry


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Jacob Agus-Kleinman
Policy Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
Jacob Agus-Kleinman works with the juvenile justice team to provide technical assistance to states, counties, and non-profit organizations to improve outcomes for youth in both criminal and juvenile justice systems. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked with
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Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, supporting states in the adoption of adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections reforms. Earlier in his career, he worked with Lawyers Without Borders, the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Arab-American Family Support Center. Jacob received a BGS with a concentration in urban studies from the University of Michigan and is a Justice Policy Network Fellow.
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Kecha Dupree
Project Specialist, Corrections and Reentry
Kecha Dupree works as a program assistant, helping to create web content and providing administrative and technical assistance for conference planning and day-to-day tasks across a range of policy-related projects at the CSG Justice Center’s New York office. Prior to
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this role, she interned at Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit, member-based partner of the U.S. Department of State, which oversees federally funded exchange programs through the International Visitors Leadership Program. Kecha earned her BA in political science from Oakwood University.
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Joshua Gaines
Senior Policy Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
Josh Gaines focuses on issues involving the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and supervises maintenance of the National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. He previously served as the deputy director of the Collateral Consequences Resource Center, worked extensively
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on the Restoration of Rights Project, and provided counsel for federal pardon applicants. Josh received his BA in sociology from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.
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Nicole Jarrett
Director, Corrections and Reentry
Nicole Jarrett directs the Corrections and Reentry Division at the CSG Justice Center, as well as the National Reentry Resource Center. She previously served as the division's deputy director, guiding the organization's grantee technical assistance, coordinating support to jurisdictions that
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are developing and implementing diversion, treatment, and reentry initiatives. Dr. Jarrett previously served as the director of health policy research at the National Medical Association, where she led projects to strengthen the public health safety net and improve the quality of care provided in underserved communities. She also served as the director of community health policy at the Baltimore City Health Department, where she directed the city’s participation in the Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved Initiative. She received her BS from Rutgers University, her PhD in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center of Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
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Stephanie Joson
Deputy Program Director, Corrections and Reentry
Stephanie Joson oversees the Corrections and Reentry Division’s efforts with the Communications and External Affairs divisions to promote reentry policy and practice through the organization’s website, publications, newsletters, and outreach. She also manages and supports grant writing, reporting, and compliance.
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Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Stephanie worked at an art gallery, writing press releases and managing the archives and requests for rights and reproductions. She received a BA from Fordham University and an MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College.
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Erica Nelson
Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
Erica Nelson oversees initiatives focused on improving collaborations between corrections, reentry, and workforce development agencies to improve the economic mobility of people involved with the criminal justice system. She provides training to federal grantees and technical assistance to service providers
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on evidence-based and best practices in the corrections and workforce development arenas and promotes public and private sector dialogues around employment and reentry issues. Erica has co-authored best practice guides, articles, and other resources to support local, state, and national reentry and employment efforts. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Erica worked for more than a decade in corrections and workforce development. As a work coordinator for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation and the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, she leveraged employer partnerships to help people with criminal justice system involvement obtain and retain employment. Erica earned a MA in public administration from the University of Baltimore and a BS in criminal justice from Coppin State University.
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Nina Salomon
Deputy Program Director, Corrections and Reentry
Nina Salomon oversees the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative, supporting states develop, adopt, and implement legislative reforms. Nina was a lead author of the School Discipline Consensus Report, and leads the organizations efforts on improving educational outcomes for
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youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Previously, she was a policy advisor at EducationCounsel LLC, a national policy and legal consulting firm, where she provided assistance to clients at state education agencies, school districts, and national organizations to advance policy change. As an investment associate at The Chicago Public Education Fund, Nina conducted due diligence on prospective investments and managed projects to ensure they achieved performance benchmarks. She also conducted research and wrote policy briefs and funding guides to support charter schools and youth development programs, and worked in government relations for a national youth development organization. Nina earned a BA in political science from The George Washington University and an MSEd in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Chidi Umez
Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
Chidi Umez oversees the Clean Slate Clearinghouse and the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences for the employment team. Chidi previously provided training and technical assistance to Second Chance Act grantees that utilized adult mentors in their reentry programs. Prior to
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joining the Justice Center, she served as a Court Attorney in the New York Civil Supreme Court and as an indigent defense attorney in Harris County, TX. She received a BA in English and corporate communications from University of Houston, and a JD from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
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Josh Weber
Deputy Division Director, Corrections and Reentry
Josh Weber directs the CSG Justice Center's Juvenile Justice program, which focuses on helping states use effective methods to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Previously, Josh spent 10 years working on
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building the capacity of programs and systems that serve vulnerable youth in the juvenile justice, youth development, workforce development, and child welfare systems. Josh managed research programs for the Youth Development and Research Fund in Maryland and the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In addition, Josh led the development and implementation of NYC Administration for Children’s Services' alternative to placement and reentry program for juveniles using evidence-based practices. He also directed the District of Columbia’s Justice Grants Administration, which managed all federal juvenile and criminal justice grants for the District. Josh received his BA in psychology from Duke University and his MA in public administration from Princeton University.
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Finance, Operations & Administration


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Renée Brackett
Executive Assistant to Senior Management, Finance, Operations and Administration
Renée Brackett coordinates logistics, including hotel and meeting site selection, contract negotiations, and all related travel arrangements. She also serves as the executive assistant to the director. Renee has been with the CSG Justice Center since 2001.
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Nerisha Degale
Director, Finance and Accounting, Finance, Operations and Administration
Nerisha Degale performs in-depth variance analysis of revenue and expenses and restricted and unrestricted financial schedules. She also conducts research, creates ad hoc financial reports, and develops the CSG Justice Center’s operating budget. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she
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was a tax-processing specialist at Deloitte & Touche and was an assistant to the controller at Le Bernadin, Inc. She holds a BBA in accounting and finance from Boise State University.
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Margaret Schramm Horn
Deputy Director, Finance, Operations and Administration
Margaret Schramm Horn began her career working for JPMorgan Chase in New York in the treasury and risk management areas as a federal funds trader. She later transferred to Panama, where she developed the Asset/Liability Management and Foreign Exchange Trading
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departments. Upon her return to the U.S., Margaret managed JPMorgan Chase’s Chicago Regional Treasury office, where she supervised the money market, government, municipal, and foreign exchange sales teams. After moving to Prudential Financial, she served as chief administrative officer of Prudential’s International Investments division, which comprises the on-shore international asset management group and the offshore mutual funds. She was responsible for the overall management of Prudential’s investment businesses in Mexico, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Brazil, with AUM and AUA of $124 billion. Later, at Goldman Sachs, she worked in the audit department of the Investment Management division. She received her BBA from the University of Notre Dame, her MBA from Columbia University, and her MDiv at Yale University.
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Sandra Jamet
Director of Foundations, Finance, Operations and Administration
Sandy Jamet provides leadership and support to the Behavioral Health Division, managing the Division’s budget, supporting fundraising efforts, ensuring grant compliance and achievement of strategic plan goals, and promoting staff development. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sandy Jamet
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served as the Associate Vice President for Foundation Giving at the United Way of New York City, charged with developing a diverse base of support for anti-poverty programs. Prior to this, she led the fundraising efforts for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit. Under her leadership, CSH exceeded its fundraising targets each year and diversified its funding base. Her experience also included close coordination with finance and program staff to ensure grant and contract compliance. Sandy received a BA degree in economics from New York University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
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Fiona McCall
Administrative Assistant, Finance, Operations and Administration
Fiona McCall provides administrative and logistical support to the staff of the CSG Justice Center. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Fiona had more than 14 years of experience as an administrative professional. Most recently, she served as an accounting
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technician with an international organization where administrative organizational skill, accuracy, attention to detail, multi-tasking, and excellent customer service were essential. Fiona studied business administration at Cambridge University.
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Nazia Nehal
Finance Analyst, Finance, Operations and Administration
Prior to joining CSG Justice Center, Nazia was a finance specialist for the Northside Center for Child Development, working with the grants management team on reporting, budget forecasting, and ongoing analysis. She earned her BS in Accounting from Queens College,
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City University of New York.
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Kevin Nguyen
Finance Analyst, Finance, Operations and Administration
Kevin Nguyen works with the CSG Justice Center’s finance team. Previously, he worked as a management analyst with the Mount Sinai Healthcare System, where he analyzed monthly operating costs, analyzed performance improvement initiatives to improve clinical department performance, and assisted
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with budget analysis. He has also held finance internships at nonprofit organizations including the Culture Project, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York City Department of Finance. He received a BBA with a concentration in finance at Baruch College.
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Benjamin Oakley
IT Support Specialist, Finance, Operations and Administration
Ben Oakley provides technical support to CSG Justice center staff, working with the CSG IT department to ensure the office’s computing and technology needs are met. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Ben worked as an operations assistant at Princeton
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University, in an electronics repair shop, as a Dell technician, and in the IT department of his alma mater, Cornell College. Ben earned a BA in philosophy from Cornell College.
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Lahiz Tavarez
Information Analyst, Finance, Operations and Administration
Lahiz Tavarez develops networks of community services for people returning to the community after incarceration. She provides technical assistance to recipients of Second Chance Act grants, and supports projects centered on improving risk communication in corrections and reentry of people
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convicted of sex offenses, and expanding the Reentry Services Directory. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she interned at SUNY Albany’s University Police Department (UAPD), later participating in UAPD’s Advisory Committee, which worked to create a safer environment for the university community. Lahiz also interned with Albany County’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC), acting as a victim advocate at Albany Criminal Court on behalf of CVSVC, providing assistance and resources to victims of crime. In addition, she interned at the New York State Assembly as a legislative assistant. Lahiz received a BA in criminal justice from SUNY University at Albany.
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Mackenzie Taylor
Financial Grants Manager, Finance, Operations and Administration
Mackenzie Taylor coordinates all accounting functions for sponsored programs and restricted accounts with a focus on compliance monitoring, database maintenance, and financial reporting for the CSG Justice Center, and is the primary financial point of contact for all restricted awards
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and proposals. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center in 2014, she worked as the senior CPhT at Kroger Pharmacy and in accounting at Keeneland Association, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kentucky.
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Human Resources


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Kenya Salaudeen
Director, Human Resources
As a member of the CSG Justice Center senior management team, Kenya Salaudeen plays a key role in the delivery of HR programs. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Kenya served as director of human resources for the New York
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City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of all personnel programs and the staffing of public housing developments, central offices, and all other NYCHA locations with more than 11,000 employees, and also oversaw the agency’s labor relations program. Before her time with NYCHA, Kenya served as Vice President at HELP/PSI, a healthcare and social services organization, where she revamped the recruitment and hiring processes, and designed and implemented programs in both employee health benefits and employee recognition. Kenya has also served as Assistant Director for Benefits and Policies at Harlem Children’s Zone, where she provided human resource support to employees at 20 locations across New York City. She is currently an adjunct lecturer for the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies and volunteers as a mediator of small claims cases. Kenya holds a BA in Sociology from Hunter College, and graduated summa cum laude with an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.
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Aundrae Parchment
Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources
Aundrae Parchment provides support to the human resources department. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he served as the human resources manager for a national hospitality group, working across multiple states to support employee relations, payroll, and benefits. Aundrae
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has worked in a variety of settings—including retail organizations, nonprofits, and start-ups—creating policy, surveys, and assessment tools. Aundrae earned a BA in psychology and religion from Hunter College as well as an MS in industrial/organizational psychology from Baruch College.
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Research


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Rebecca Cohen
Research Manager, Research
Becky Cohen works on school discipline and juvenile justice issues for the Justice Center’s Research Division. Previously, she was a math teacher at a public middle school in Brooklyn, New York, and a director of academics at CitySquash, a nonprofit
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after school program in the Bronx, New York. She later worked in the Texas legislature as an aide to Representative Scott Hochberg, vice chair of the House Committee on Public Education, where she staffed the committee and analyzed education-related legislation. Becky recently completed her doctoral studies with a research focus on the impact of exclusionary discipline on student outcomes. She earned a BA in sociology from New York University, an MA in middle childhood mathematics education from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in educational policy and planning at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Rachael Druckhammer
Senior Research Associate, Research
Rachael Druckhammer designs and manages research projects to analyze state- and local-level criminal justice data as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Prior to taking this role, Rachael was the lead researcher for the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, where
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she evaluated outcomes for department programs, generated reports on department activity, and developed grant performance and outcome measures. She also worked for the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s office as a legal assistant. Rachael earned her BS and MS in applied sociology from Texas State University – San Marcos.
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Jessica Gonzales-Bricker
Senior Research Associate, Research
Jessica Gonzales-Bricker designs and manages long-term research projects focused on juvenile justice and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative; she has also contributed to projects related to behavioral health and employment. Before coming to the CSG Justice Center, Jessica was a research
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specialist with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she designed research projects, planned and conducted training for juvenile probation staff, and monitored the data integrity of juvenile probation departments. She also worked as a research assistant for the Texas Education Agency and as an executive assistant and policy analyst at the Texas House of Representatives. Jessica received her BA in political science from Baylor University and her MPA from the University of Texas.
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Angela Gunter
Senior Research Associate, Research
Angela Gunter’s work primarily focuses on the data monitoring of justice reinvestment projects during Phase II policy implementation. She supports various ad hoc research efforts, including the 2014 Recidivism Reduction report, the Reentry and Employment pilot program, and the evaluation
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of the pretrial process for Bexar and Dallas counties Angela began her career in criminal justice in 2001 at the Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council, where she worked on forecasting the impact of juvenile justice policy options for the Texas Legislature and creating monthly projections of bed capacity for juvenile offenders. Angie later joined the JFA Institute and conducted research on different aspects of the criminal justice system, including parole, probation, and juvenile justice in Texas, Kansas, and Puerto Rico. In 2008, Angie worked with the CSG Justice Center as a consultant on various projects, including mental health IT development for the State of Alaska. Prior to her career in criminal justice, Angie worked in the private sector as a business systems analyst where she oversaw the project lifecycle of custom-built software applications. She received her MPA from Indiana University and her BA from Rice University.
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Monica Peters
Research Manager, Research
Monica Peters oversees research and conducts data analysis for CSG Justice Center projects. Prior to joining the organization, she was a research analyst with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she where she maintained and analyzed data for all juvenile
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probation departments in the state. Monica earned her BA and MA in sociology from the University of Oklahoma.
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Carl Reynolds
Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Research
Carl Reynolds helps manage and develop projects related to court initiatives, corrections, sentencing reform, and juvenile justice issues. Previously, Carl served as director of the Texas Office of Court Administration. From 1997 to 2005, he was general counsel for the
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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), responsible for prisons, probation, and parole. He also was general counsel to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice—the governing body for TDCJ. Prior to that position, he was the executive director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission, general counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, director of the Senate's redistricting staff, and a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Among other projects, he works on the establishment and evaluation of public defender offices and on justice reinvestment strategies. Carl holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, an MA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a BA from the University of Cincinnati.
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Emily Rogers
Senior Research Associate, Research
Emily Rogers performs data analysis for juvenile justice projects. Before the CSG Justice Center, Emily worked to produce justice system measures, evaluate programs, and manage data in both criminal and juvenile justice systems for Travis County, Texas. She also worked
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at the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable to coordinate reentry efforts and increase community engagement on reentry issues. She earned a BA in English from Vassar College and her MSS from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
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Ed Weckerly
Research Manager, Research
Ed Weckerly is responsible for the analysis of criminal justice data primarily in support of justice reinvestment efforts in various states. He has been heavily involved in statistical analysis, data management, and report writing for more than 15 years. For
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most of that time, he worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services as the lead epidemiologist for a set of reportable conditions, where he performed quality assessments, maintained routines for outbreak detection, and analyzed and interpreted surveillance data. He also served in research positions at the Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council and the Austin Police Department. Ed received a BA from Marquette University and an MS in criminal justice from Texas State University.
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State Initiatives


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Patrick Armstrong
Project Manager, State Initiatives
Patrick Armstrong evaluates state statutes, case law, and court rules, as well as engages stakeholders involved in the justice reinvestment process. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Patrick worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well
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as for the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, where he explored avenues to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system. He was also an intern for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in California. As a student-athlete on the basketball team at the University of California, Berkeley, Patrick earned a BA in political science and African American studies. He earned his JD from the New York University School of Law.
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Grace Beil Call
Program Director, State Initiatives
Grace Beil Call works to improve the administration of state victim programs—including assistance, compensation, and restitution—by working with federal, state, and local leaders. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a visiting fellow for the Office for Victims
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of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as directed the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program for the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy in Washington state. Grace also previously led the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She started her work with victims as a volunteer at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her BS in gender studies from the University of Utah.
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David D'Amora
Senior Policy Advisor, State Initiatives
David A. D’Amora provides advisement on risk and needs assessment, correctional programming, and the intersection of behavioral health and criminogenic needs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, David worked in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields for more
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than 30 years. This included serving as the vice president of agency programs for a community-based agency providing multiple types of correctional and behavioral health treatment to formerly incarcerated people under community supervision. David was also a clinician at Somers State Prison and Meriden-Wallingford Hospital in Connecticut as well as a consultant with a national criminal justice technical assistance provider. A licensed professional counselor and certified forensic counselor, David earned his BA from Franklin College and his MS at Butler University.
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Madeleine Dardeau
Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Madeleine Dardeau provides technical assistance to states implementing Justice Reinvestment legislation. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Madeleine was a program analyst at the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. In this role, she managed the state’s Justice Reinvestment grant program,
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which focused on strengthening community-based supervision and services to increase local alternatives to incarceration. Madeleine also previously worked as a policy staffer in the Oregon and Alabama legislatures. She earned a BA from Portland State University and MPAP from American University.
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Jan De la Cruz
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Jan De la Cruz works with states to help align their subaward projects to the goals and overall vision of their justice reinvestment legislation. Jan has also provided technical assistance to Second Chance Grantees under the community Reentry, smart supervision,
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and careers technology grant programs. Prior to joining the justice center, Jan lead operational efforts across various industries, including financial consulting and property management. Jan earned a BA in criminal justice and an MA in public administration, specializing in operational oversight, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Stephanie Duriez
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Prior to joining CSG, Stephanie was a project manager and research assistant with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI). Stephanie had the opportunity to develop a diverse portfolio of projects including managing a federally funded grant examining the potential
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impact of mentoring on recidivism among juveniles on community supervision, correctional program assessment product development, and involvement in providing training and technical assistance to local and state agencies across the country. Stephanie completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Seattle University and is in the process of completing her doctoral studies in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.
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Danieli Evans Peterman
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Danieli Evans Peterman helps states use real-time data and analytics to improve their use of evidence-based practices and improve outcomes for people on community supervision. Prior to joining CSG, Danieli was a research scholar in law at the Justice Collaboratory
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at Yale Law School—a research center that works with government agencies to institute practices that build public trust and legitimacy. Danieli is a PhD in Law candidate at Yale Law School, where her research focuses on the intersection of law and psychology. Danieli holds a B.A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Yale Law School (2012). After law school, Danieli served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit. She practiced litigation at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and then served as a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center. Danieli has taught courses on policing and police-community relations for undergraduate and law school students.
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Sara Friedman
Project Manager, State Initiatives
Sara Friedman leads project management for states implementing justice reinvestment legislation, helping states adopt and measure research-driven corrections and community supervision policies and practices that reduce recidivism. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sara was the director of Resource
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Development for the Center for Community Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that provides alternative-to-incarceration programs. In this role, she focused on grant writing, program development, and building organizational capacity through data collection and program evaluation. Sara earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPA from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.
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Megan Grasso
Project Manager, State Initiatives
Megan Grasso works to advance Justice Reinvestment efforts through strategic development of content and online media. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Megan served as a legislative analyst for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, in Washington, DC,
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where she ensured the administration’s position on a range of social policy issues were conveyed to Congress; she also served as a legislative aide for a New Jersey state senator. Megan earned her BS in environmental policy from Rutgers University and her MPP from the University of Maryland.
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Greg Halls
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Greg Halls currently works on the Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin State Initiatives portfolio at the Justice Center. He also co-leads the design, collection, and analysis of qualitative research for the evaluation of reentry services delivered by the Los Angeles County
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Department of Health Service’s Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR). In his previous role as a Policy Analyst on the Economic Mobility team he provided technical assistance (on-and-off site) to Department of Corrections and tribal grantees; in Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and Navajo Nation for increasing the employability of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. Additionally, Greg conducted the IRES Pilot Process Evaluation and co-authored the “Integrating Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) Pilot Project: Process Evaluation Report”. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Greg was a Project-Research Assistant at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates. As a Program Associate, he provided technical assistance to 9 pilot sites implementing a mental health model in the Juvenile Justice realm. Greg also coordinated and evaluated juvenile justice trainings delivered to CIT trained professionals, and juvenile probation, detention and corrections professionals. He earned his MA in Criminal Justice and Research from SUNY University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice.
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Lisa Halstead
Deputy Director, Operations, State Initiatives
Lisa Halstead works to develop capacity and refine processes for the State Initiatives Division. Lisa previously served as founder and president of GreaterGood.org, a nonprofit that provides immediate disaster response fundraising. In that role, she established a grant-making program that
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raised and distributed nearly $4 million annually to more than 200 grantee organizations. Lisa was also the chief operating officer of CharityUSA.com, where she oversaw a $9.5 million operating budget and sustained a 30-percent annual growth rate through cost-effective resource expansion for the international organization. Lisa received her BA in communications from the University of Washington.
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Jennifer Kisela
Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives
Jennifer Kisela assesses aspects of local and state criminal justice systems for adherence to best practices and provides technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing Justice Reinvestment legislation. Jennifer provides content expertise in evidence-based practices, risk and need assessments, changing behavior, programming,
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and quality assurance. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Jennifer worked as the research and continuous quality improvement administrator at Oriana House, a large community corrections agency in Ohio. In this role, Jennifer implemented and oversaw the training and coaching of staff on the use of effective interventions for people involved with the criminal justice system. Jennifer has also provided training and coaching services as an independent consultant to community corrections agencies throughout the U.S. Jennifer holds a BA in justice studies from Kent State University and an MA in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.
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Olivia Koukoui
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Olivia Koukoui provides technical assistance to jurisdictions around the country that are recipients of Innovations in Supervision Initiative and Innovations in Reentry Initiative grants. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Olivia worked in the field of corrections, starting as
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a rehabilitation counselor for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She later transitioned into the role of probation officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. Most recently her work included collecting, investigating, and verifying defendants’ background information to compile and develop reports for the Circuit Court, including sentencing guidelines and recommendations for court ordered supervision. Olivia holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, and a BS in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Jenna Lapidus
Operations Coordinator, State Initiatives
Jenna Lapidus provides administrative and logistical support to the CSG Justice Center. Previously, Jenna was an office manager at PandaPanther, an animation studio. She attended Hunter College, where she studied political science.
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Elizabeth Lyon
Director, State Initiatives
Elizabeth K. Lyon oversees the technical support provided to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation. Since joining the CSG Justice Center in 2012, Elizabeth has provided tailored technical assistance to and worked with leaders in eight states to ensure that the
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policies enacted achieve the projected outcomes to reduce spending on corrections and to reinvest in strategies to improve public safety. Previously, Elizabeth was the director of governmental relations for the State Bar of Michigan, where she directed the public policy program that included a large state and federal agenda. She holds a BA from the James Madison College at Michigan State University.
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Alison Martin
Project Manager, State Initiatives
Alison Martin provides technical assistance and content expertise to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Alison worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the National Institute of Justice, where she was the lead investigator
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on projects related to the criminal justice response to crimes against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Alison also has experience conducting research on corrections, including topics such as prison violence, reentry, recidivism, and restorative justice. She earned her BS in public policy and administration from James Madison University, her MS in justice, law, and society from American University, and her PhD in justice, law, and society from American University.
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Katie Mosehauer
Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives
Katie Mosehauer assists the state division in conceptualizing and constructing new projects and publications that help advance the criminal justice field in using evidence-based practices and understanding recidivism trends. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Katie was the executive
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director of Washington Appleseed, a legal advocacy organization dedicated to generating research-based public policy impacting underserved populations in Washington State. As executive director, she developed and directed multiagency projects on topics ranging from early childhood nutrition to community reentry from prison. Katie earned her BA in anthropology from the University of Virginia.
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Michelle Rodriguez
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Michelle Rodriguez provides policy research, analysis, and technical assistance to states undergoing the Justice Reinvestment process. Michelle has worked on Justice Reinvestment projects in Rhode Island, North Dakota, and New Mexico. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked
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at Casey Family Programs, where she coordinated services to youth, young adults, and families involved in the child welfare system. Earlier in her career, Michelle was a mitigation specialist with the King County Office of Public Defense. In that role, she transitioned between the felony, mental health, and juvenile court systems to develop individual sentencing alternatives. Michelle received her BS in psychology and criminal justice at Seattle University and her MSW from the University of Washington.
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Jackie Salvi
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Jackie Salvi provides policy research, analysis, and technical assistance in Phase I for states undergoing justice reinvestment. Prior to joining the CSG Justice center, she spent over a decade working at local and state prosecutors’ offices in California. At the
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San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, she established and led a restitution unit, serving as a resource for staff attorneys, crime victims and the California Victims of Crime and Government Claims Board. Most recently, at the California Attorney General’s Office she worked as a Senior Legal Analyst on the trial team prosecuting high profile public corruption, white collar crime and major sex trafficking cases throughout the state. Jackie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Humphrey’s University and Master of Public Administration from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
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Ben Shelor
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Ben Shelor provides technical assistance to state criminal justice entities through analysis of policy and procedure, research, and operational and logistical support.He is a former deputy director of Standards and Accreditation for the American Correctional Association, where he participated in
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the formulation of operational standards for correctional facilities, assisted with compliance audits, and traveled nationally and internationally to conduct training and technical assistance for correctional agencies. He received his BA in justice from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, and his MA in justice, law, and society with a concentration in terrorism and homeland security from American University.
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Laura van der Lugt
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Laura van der Lugt provides technical assistance to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation. She delivers content expertise in the areas of program evaluation and quality assurance, evidence-based practices, and supervision practices in both correctional facilities and the community. Before joining
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the CSG Justice Center, she was the director of Research and Innovation at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) in Boston, Massachusetts, where she oversaw the development, management, and measurement of SCSD policy innovation and programmatic strategy. Prior to SCSD, she worked as the director of Evaluation and Learning at Roca Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization. Laura began her applied research career in the Boston Police Commissioner’s Office of Research and Development, where she coordinated and managed the City of Boston’s federal Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Demonstration Project grant-related programming. Laura holds a BA in sociology from Bates College, an MA in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University.
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Celine Villongco
Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Celine Villongco works with the policy and communications teams as well as regional offices, affiliates, and members to promote strategies and best practices for victim-centered policies. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Celine was the statewide human trafficking coordinator
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for the Iowa Department of Justice, where she collaborated with statewide agencies and stakeholders to raise awareness and develop trauma-informed policies for victims of crime. She has also worked with Polaris in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). Celine received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MA in public policy from Duke University.
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Cassondra Warney
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Cassondra Warney provides technical assistance to states going through the justice reinvestment process. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked at the Pima County Juvenile Court Center in Tucson, Arizona, where she assisted with a community stakeholder project
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to address racial disparities within the local juvenile justice system. Cassondra interned for the Arizona House of Representatives and, most recently, for the Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Sentencing and Corrections. She received her BA in political science from the University of Arizona.
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Ellen Whelan-Wuest
Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives
Ellen Whelan-Wuest provides policy research, analysis, and technical assistance to states going through the justice reinvestment process. Previously, she worked for the county manager in Durham, North Carolina, where she served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and researched issues
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relating to medical care costs for the county jail system and the youth home detention facility. Ellen also worked as the Brooklyn director for a New York State Senator, and as a special assistant to the state director for a U.S. Senator in Chicago. Ellen holds a BA in Latin American history and sociology from Middlebury College, and an MA in public policy from Duke University.
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