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. Check out the map below to see where our staff live and work.

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 and served as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. Additionally, she has 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. She also 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
    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 director of the State Initiatives Division. Over a 13-year tenure
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    at the CSG Justice Center, Marshall led the growth and evolution of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative program, which assists policymakers seeking to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest 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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    Dion Clark
    Director, Communications and External Affairs
    Dr. Dion Clark leads the Communications team, which bolsters the brand and strategy of the CSG Justice Center while reinforcing its reputation as the national leader of research-driven strategies to develop safe and strong communities. Prior to joining the CSG
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    Justice Center, Dion provided communications and policy support for elected officials across the political spectrum. As the former head of North Carolina’s sector strategies initiative, Dion led the team that developed the NCWorks Career Pathways program, which certified 35 education and training pathways across the state in numerous high-demand industry sectors. Dion earned her EdD from North Carolina State University, her MPA from North Carolina Central University, and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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    Ayesha Delany-Brumsey
    Director, Behavioral Health
    Dr. 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 homelessness systems, among others. Before joining the organization, Ayesha was
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    most 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 the University of California, Los Angeles.
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    Nerisha Degale
    Director, 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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    Sandra Jamet
    Director, Development & Grant Administration
    Sandy Jamet leads the CSG Justice Center’s efforts to grow and diversify our funding from public and private sources and ensure that we are good stewards of our existing funding. Prior to this role, Sandy served as the director of
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    foundation relations for the CSG Justice Center and as co-interim director and program director for operations in the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sandy was the associate vice president for foundation giving at the United Way of New York City. Previously, she led fundraising for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which consistently exceeded its fundraising targets under her leadership. Sandy received a BA in economics from New York University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.
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    Nicole Jarrett
    Director, Corrections and Reentry
    Dr. Nicole Jarrett directs the Corrections and Reentry Division at the CSG Justice Center. She previously served as the division's deputy director, guiding the organization's grantee technical assistance, coordinating support to jurisdictions that are developing and implementing diversion, treatment, and
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    reentry initiatives. Nicole 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 directs the State Initiatives Division, which partners with local, state, and federal leaders to address site-specific challenges in the criminal justice system. The State Initiatives portfolio includes the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, improving outcomes for victims of crime,
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    increasing data collection and reporting, leveraging technology and research to reduce revocations, and other initiatives that help states create sustainable criminal justice improvements. Elizabeth joined the CSG Justice Center in 2012 and previously served as program director for implementation of Justice Reinvestment and as deputy division director. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Elizabeth was the director of governmental relations for the State Bar of Michigan, where she directed the public policy program. 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 human resources programs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Kenya served as director of human resources for the
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    New York 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 health care 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 resources 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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    Jessica Saunders
    Director, Research
    Dr. Jessica Saunders oversees the Research Division at the CSG Justice Center. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting effective and equitable criminal justice administration through rigorous research, including identifying best practices and addressing systemic racial bias. Her
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    research spans the criminal justice system continuum, from school-based delinquency preventive interventions to reentry and system-wide performance metrics. She has been a principal or co-principal investigator on over $25 million in competitive research grants and contracts and has published over 50 scientific articles, books, and technical reports. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a policy researcher at RAND Corporation and an assistant professor at Arizona State University. Jessica received her PhD in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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    Ethan Aaronson
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Ethan Aaronson provides technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Sites. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Ethan worked at the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, where he assessed how
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    well local governments met the human service needs of residents. He also was the data manager for a project that supported individuals with co-occurring diagnoses in reentry. Previously, he was a counselor in New Jersey and Oregon, helping young men prepare for their return home after completing probation or parole. Ethan earned BAs in political science and history from the University of Vermont and his MA in criminal justice from Rutgers University.
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    Deirdra Assey
    Senior 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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    Dustin Bartley
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Dustin Bartley provides training and technical assistance for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. As a licensed therapist in Nebraska, Dustin spent 10 years providing direct service to adults with co-occurring disorders. Dustin has worked in residential and outpatient
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    settings, with his county’s community corrections department, and has provided on-site treatment services for an adult drug court program. Dustin spent nearly eight years with Nebraska’s Judicial Branch in the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation working with officers and providers statewide on service development, training, and implementation. Dustin earned a BA in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MS in mental health counseling from Emporia State University. 
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    Amy Button
    Amy Button
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Amy Button supports local and state policymakers and other community stakeholders to develop and implement data-driven policies focused on improving outcomes for people with behavioral health needs who are in the criminal justice system. Before joining the CSG Justice Center,
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    Amy led community engagement in New York State for a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded implementation research project studying community-led, data-driven strategies to reduce opioid overdose deaths. She has worked in local and state government and health care systems to improve practice, data use, and outcomes for populations with high service utilization and complex clinical and social needs. Amy has a BA in literature from Hartwick College and an MPA from Marist College.
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    Andrea Chambers
    Program Associate, Behavioral Health
    Andrea Chambers provides a range of project-based and administrative support to the Behavioral Health Division. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Andrea worked as a master’s research fellow for the Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) at the Brown School at
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    Washington University in St. Louis. At the HCRL, Andrea helped the lab conduct innovative and community-based research through health policy analysis and data management. Andrea earned her BA in international and area studies and her MPH in health policy analysis at Washington University in St. Louis. 
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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 worked extensively with people who have serious mental illnesses 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
    Dr. 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 homelessness systems, among others. Before joining the organization, Ayesha was
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    most 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 the University of California, Los Angeles.
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    Hallie Fader-Towe
    Deputy Division 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 CSG Justice Center, she has worked with jurisdictions around the country on collaborative, data-driven
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    planning and implementation efforts to address criminal justice functions from initial detention through reentry, including a focus on people 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 people 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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    Elizabeth Fleming
    Senior Program Associate, Behavioral Health
    Elizabeth Fleming provides writing, research, and project management support to the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a fine art photographer for over a decade and served as a chapter leader for the International
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    Cesarean Awareness Network, where she advocated for maternal and child health. Elizabeth holds a BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis; an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City; and an MA in sociology from Columbia University.
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    Charles Francis
    Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health
    Charles Francis oversees work at the intersection of housing, criminal justice, and behavioral health. He focuses on strategies for state and local partners to increase access to and availability of housing to reduce justice system involvement and facilitate successful reentry,
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    as well as effective law enforcement and community responses to homelessness. Previously, Charley was assistant director of Leased Housing at Rhode Island Housing and director of Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he played a lead role in implementing the Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Charley holds an MPP from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and a BA from Hamilton College. 
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    Gretchen Frank
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Gretchen Frank provides technical assistance to sites participating in the Stepping Up initiative. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Gretchen was a policy analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she worked to ensure
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    that the city and state were enacting equitable policies focused on the mental health and well-being of the city’s children and families. She previously served as a child welfare attorney for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. She received her BS from Cornell University and her JD from the University at Buffalo Law School.
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    Audra Goldsmith
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Audra Goldsmith provides county-based technical assistance for the Kansas Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center, collaboratively supporting and assisting systems improvement projects. Previously, she served as the jail behavioral health supervisor for Horizons Mental Health Center and the Reno County Correctional
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    Facility, providing direct client care and advocacy to people experiencing mental illness and co-occurring use disorders and assisting in reentry services. Prior to that, Audra worked in the Horizons Same Day Access department serving people experiencing acute mental health crises as well as providing same-day-access services. She graduated from Wichita State University with a BA in psychology and Emporia State University with an MS in clinical psychology.
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    Risë Haneberg
    Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
    Risë Haneberg serves as Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health Division, for the Council of State Governments Justice Center.  In this role Risë leads the Stepping Up Initiative, the national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in
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    the justice system with partners National Association of Counties (NACo) and the American Psychiatric Foundation (APAF).  Additionally, Risë provides oversight to county systems improvement projects and technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas, from 2008 to 2014. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer 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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    Alexandria Hawkins
    Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Alexandria Hawkins provides training and technical assistance to Second Chance Act grantees and supports projects related to substance use. Previously, Alexandria worked in state and federal government, most recently as a U.S. probation officer. She served as a treatment specialist
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    overseeing the substance use and mental health programs for the organization. Alexandria has also served as a state probation officer working on specialized domestic violence cases and as a substance use counselor for people with behavioral health needs in outpatient settings. Alexandria earned her BA in criminology from North Carolina State University and her MS in criminal justice with a concentration in corrections and offender rehabilitation from the University of Cincinnati.
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    Joseph Hayashi
    Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Joseph Hayashi provides technical assistance focused on substance use disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between local and state agencies. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Joseph directed a program for local youth in an
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    underserved area. Previously, Joseph worked for the Jackson County, Oregon, Transition Center, where he worked with incarcerated individuals who had substance use needs. Joseph has a BS in criminal justice from Southern Oregon University and an MA in international policy and development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
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    Katie Herman
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Katie Herman plays a key role in the Stepping Up initiative, mental health diversion, and other work at the intersection of justice, behavioral health, and homelessness. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked at the Center for Alternative
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    Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) in New York City for eight years. She was initially the court liaison social worker for the CASES Nathaniel ACT Team, the city's first felony alternative to incarceration program for adults with serious mental illnesses. She then supervised their Criminal and Supreme Court Team. Katie received a BA in English from the University of San Diego and an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
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    Katie Holihen
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Katie Holihen works to advance locally driven state policymaking at the intersection of criminal justice, behavioral health, and housing. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Katie was a grant analyst at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago,
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    where she worked with cross-sector partners to launch holistic defense and data analytics programs. She also led curriculum development for national law enforcement training initiatives in procedural justice and cultural humility at the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katie has a BA in history and political science from Marquette University and an MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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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 the CSG Justice Center, Ethan was a clinical supervisor and trainer
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    for 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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    Julia Kessler
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Julia Kessler works with state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance collaboration between law enforcement, other criminal justice agencies, and behavioral health agencies. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Julia was a senior program associate with the National Police
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    Foundation (NPF) where she worked with law enforcement and communities around the U.S. to advance evidence-based policing practices to promote more inclusive and safe communities. Before joining NPF, Julia served with the United States Agency for International Development. Julia received her BA from Kenyon College and her MS in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Eunice Kwak
    Operations Associate, Behavioral Health
    Eunice Kwak provides a range of project-based and administrative support to the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a youth advocate and data analyst for the community-based program NYC ROSES. As a youth advocate,
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    she worked one-on-one with clients to help them work toward their educational, professional, and creative goals, with the objective of reducing their involvement in the criminal justice system and improving their educational outcomes. Prior to that, 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 oversees Second Chance Act substance use and co-occurring disorder grantees, provides training and technical assistance, and supports projects related to addiction. Previously, Alexis served as the deputy director of the City Clerk & Clerk of Council Offices in
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    Alexandria, Virginia. She was also 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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    Anne Larsen
    Program Manager, Behavioral Health
    Anne Larsen helps coordinate crisis response alternatives and initiatives and provides technical assistance and education on community responder programs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked for the Olympia Police Department and created, implemented, and managed the Crisis
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    Response Unit (CRU) and Familiar Faces program. CRU is designed after the CAHOOTS model, which deploys unarmed, civilian-first responders to community members in crisis. Before working for the police department, she worked for the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s office championing alternatives to the criminal justice system and supporting treatment courts. Anne has a BA in public administration and an MPA from The Evergreen State College.
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    Marilyn Leake
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Marilyn Leake works on county-based initiatives 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 and drug
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    court programs in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In that role, she collaborated closely with local stakeholders throughout the criminal justice and behavioral health systems on diversion and other tactics to improve outcomes for people in the justice system with behavioral health disorders. She also worked on initiatives to standardize data collection and measurement strategies for treatment courts in Maryland. Marilyn holds a BS from Appalachian State University and an MSW from the University of Maryland.
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    Rachel Lee
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Rachel Lee provides technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and offers support on other projects that focus on the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Rachel worked for
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    C4 Innovations, where she provided project assistance to several recovery-focused Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 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
    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Felicia Lopez Wright provides behavioral health technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees with projects focused on implementing or enhancing diversion, pretrial, juvenile justice, mental health courts, jails, and/or reentry programming. Additionally, she contributes to various behavioral
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    health-criminal justice projects, such as gender-responsive services for justice-involved women and crisis system enhancements. Felicia is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of combined experience providing mental health therapy to demographically diverse populations in various care settings, special education case management in a public school district, 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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    Tiffany McKnight
    Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Tiffany McKnight provides technical assistance to grantees focused on substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between state and local agencies. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was the senior program
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    administrator at the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Department of Health. Tiffany was responsible for managing the recovery community support services portfolio with an emphasis on programs related to peer support, community case management, and intensive care coordination for individuals utilizing the public behavioral health system. Tiffany is a licensed graduate professional counselor. She earned her BS in criminal justice and MS in alcohol and substance use counseling from Coppin State University.
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    Kate Reed
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Kate Reed leads initiatives focused on addressing equity and supporting the expansion of alternative interventions for people with behavioral health challenges in the justice system. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Kate led the Stepping Up Initiative for the
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    City of Philadelphia on behalf of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and used a data-driven approach to develop programs and policies aimed at reducing the number of people with serious mental illness in jail. Kate also played a key role in the development and implementation of Philadelphia’s crisis system transformation. Kate earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from The George Washington University and is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania.
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    Ernest Stevens
    Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
    Ernest Stevens oversees the portfolio of work focused on improving outcomes for people experiencing behavioral health conditions and homelessness who encounter law enforcement. Ernest supports communities in adopting, implementing, and evaluating new practices. Previously, Ernest spent over 28 years in
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    law enforcement helping develop new programs and policies for the San Antonio Police Department. He also worked as a program manager for the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council that oversees emergency operations for 22 counties in Texas. Ernest was featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. Ernest also wrote Mental Health and De-Escalation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals. He earned his BS in criminal justice from Wayland Baptist University. 
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    Mark Stovell
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Mark oversees the delivery of broad-based technical assistance products and tools to assist counties in their Stepping Up efforts. Mark has also provided technical assistance to Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees that serve people
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    with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness, and he has coordinated additional projects designed to advance practices at the intersection of the criminal justice and behavioral health. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Mark worked for the Partnership to End Addiction in New York City where he developed educational tools for state decisionmakers on improving addiction prevention and treatment through health policy. 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 his MPA at Baruch College.
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    Demetrius Thomas
    Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health
    Demetrius Thomas oversees training and technical assistance for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene developing and managing programs aimed at reducing
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    criminal justice involvement among people with mental or behavioral health needs. There, he led the agency’s work in establishing New York City’s first-ever diversion centers and co-response teams. He has advocated, litigated, and legislated on a range of issues at the intersection of criminal justice and public health. Demetrius earned a BA with a dual concentration in international and U.S. politics from Columbia University and a JD from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  
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    Ashtan Grace Towles
    Senior Project Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Ashtan Grace Towles supports division-wide behavioral health projects. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she served at the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes and on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign. In addition to working at
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    the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights clinic to support a lawsuit against a Connecticut supermax prison for inhumane conditions, she was a director’s fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a summer fellow at All Our Kin through the Yale Law School Liman Center for Public Interest Law. She graduated with distinction from Yale University with a BA and MA in political science, concentrating on legislative policy and communities of color.
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    Allison Upton
    Deputy Program Director, 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 in 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 program 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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    Rosemary White Shield
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Dr. Rosemary White Shield leads projects focused on centering equity, culture, and community values in policymaking. She is a member of the national team providing training and technical assistance to federal grantees. She also collaboratively leads the development and provision
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    of technical assistance in service to Tribal Nations. She has worked with Tribal Nations and others across the U.S. in the behavioral health fields. She earned a PhD from Iowa State University in leadership and policy studies, and her clinical certification is as a trauma treatment specialist.
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    Jazmone Wilkerson
    Project Manager, Behavioral Health
    Dr. Jazmone Wilkerson provides project support and technical assistance (TA) for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Previously, Jazmone worked as adjunct faculty at Antioch University in its Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program and as a legislative assistant
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    for the DC Council Committee of the Judiciary. Jazmone has advocated and provided TA on a range of issues, including the school-to-prison pipeline, educational equity, and behavioral health. Jazmone earned a BA/BS from Purdue University, a JD from the University of the District of Columbia, an MA in CMHC from Argosy University, and a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Lindsey Wilson College.
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    Sarah Wurzburg
    Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
    Sarah Wurzburg oversees technical assistance focused on behavioral health, diversion, and reentry and serves as the lead for projects related to substance use, mental illnesses, and housing. She leads the work on the development of community responder programs, including a
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    toolkit that supports sites in development of non-police responses to people in crisis. Previously, Sarah was a research analyst at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug 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 use disorder 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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    Katy Albis
    Content Project Manager, 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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    Catherine Allary
    Digital Media Specialist, Communications and External Affairs
    Catherine Allary integrates digital engagement strategies into a coordinated online and multimedia strategy, including providing day-to-day support, such as website maintenance, graphic design, and digital asset development. Previously, Catherine worked for a nonprofit organization in France where she was in
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    charge of different communications projects for the departments of tourism, health and safety, environment, culture, public transportation, and economics for 20 cities. Catherine has a BA in foreign applied languages in Spanish and English from The University of Marne-la-Vallée in France, and an MA in marketing from the ESM-A management school of Paris - Marne-la-Vallée.
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    Darby Baham
    Content Project Manager, 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 a BA in journalism from Howard University and an MA in American government from Georgetown University.
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    Brenna Callahan
    Senior Media Relations Manager, Communications and External Affairs
    Brenna Callahan drives strategic media relations and public affairs to advance organization-wide initiatives. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Brenna managed national communications for a civic engagement nonprofit. She previously developed and managed a communications and economic equity policy
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    portfolio for Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement at the City of Boston. Brenna also worked in both development and operations roles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, where she managed agency-wide programming. Brenna earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MPA at Suffolk University.
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    Dion Clark
    Director, Communications and External Affairs
    Dr. Dion Clark leads the Communications team, which bolsters the brand and strategy of the CSG Justice Center while reinforcing its reputation as the national leader of research-driven strategies to develop safe and strong communities. Prior to joining the CSG
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    Justice Center, Dion provided communications and policy support for elected officials across the political spectrum. As the former head of North Carolina’s sector strategies initiative, Dion led the team that developed the NCWorks Career Pathways program, which certified 35 education and training pathways across the state in numerous high-demand industry sectors. Dion earned her EdD from North Carolina State University, her MPA from North Carolina Central University, and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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  • Leslie Griffin
    Leslie Griffin
    Content Project Manager, Communications and External Affairs
    Leslie Griffin oversees the creation and publication of a wide range of materials for policy divisions, including reports, policy briefs, research memos, presentations, web posts, grant proposals, and more. She also works closely with other members of the Communications and
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    External Affairs division to 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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    Aisha Jamil
    Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
    Aisha Jamil guides strategic media relations, public affairs, and broader communications assistance for the CSG Justice Center’s Communications and External Affairs team. She strategically engages with leadership and stakeholders to advance high-profile organization-wide initiatives and serves as a key contributor,
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    amplifying the CSG Justice Center’s work and overall messaging. Previously, Aisha worked for the National Police Foundation (NPF) as a lead editor and content developer, where she supported NPF’s business development, communications, marketing, and dissemination efforts. Aisha has a BA in communications and journalism and an MSW from George Mason University. Her social work experience has primarily been in foster care, homeless services, and domestic violence.
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    Ruvi Lopez
    Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
    Ruvi Lopez manages stakeholder engagement and strategic support for the CSG Justice Center’s Communications and External Affairs team. He is also responsible for media relations management, digital engagement, and supporting the development of long-range strategies to guide public affairs and
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    communications initiatives. In his previous role as director of communications for Mainland Media, Ruvi cultivated meaningful relationships with key New York stakeholders, including state and local elected officials, community advocates, and philanthropists, through coalition-building efforts to address housing, economic, and racial inequalities. Over the last 12 years, Ruvi has been a part of numerous campaigns to raise awareness for criminal justice reform and restorative justice practices across the country.
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    Catherine Moga Bryant
    Deputy Division Director, Communications and External Affairs
    Catherine Moga Bryant develops and implements innovative solutions for division success and helps strengthen the CSG Justice Center’s profile as a trusted source of information and influential leader in the criminal justice field. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center,
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    Catherine led strategic planning and policy development for the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office. She also oversaw policy and programs at Communities in Schools of North Carolina that provide students with the resources and support to be successful in school and beyond. Previously, Catherine led the transformation of the state’s workforce system to ensure that all people had access to education and training leading to good jobs. Catherine holds an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BFA from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
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    Jamal Nelson
    Director of Governmental Affairs
    Jamal Nelson cultivates and maintains relationships with members of Congress and the administration and acts as a liaison to various coalitions and groups to effectively implement the legislative priorities of the CSG Justice Center. Before joining the CSG Justice Center
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    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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  • Jacob Satterlee
    Jacob Satterlee
    Communications Associate, Communications and External Affairs
    Jacob Satterlee contributes to the CSG Justice Center’s ability to effectively message and amplify new research and models of success. He develops various types of content to ensure the CSG Justice Center’s initiatives reach their targeted audiences and supporters. Before
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    joining the CSG Justice Center, Jacob worked for a domestic violence nonprofit providing resources to victims across New Jersey. While serving in this role, he assisted with communications, outreach, and client relations. Jacob received his BA in political science from Rutgers University, where he is now pursuing his MPA. 
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    Amelia Vorpahl
    Content Development Specialist, Communications and External Affairs
    Amelia Vorpahl leads the writing and strategic development of an array of content that advances the CSG Justice Center's goals, including policy reports, fact sheets, interactive tools, and web content. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Amelia worked on the
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    policy and communications teams of several major advocacy organizations. In her previous role as senior communications manager at Oceana, Amelia led media outreach, content creation, and messaging strategy for various regional and federal campaigns. Amelia holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.
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  • Corrections & Reentry


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    Jacob Agus-Kleinman
    Senior Policy Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
    Jacob Agus-Kleinman works with the juvenile justice team to provide technical assistance to states, counties, and nonprofit 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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    Valerie Carpico
    Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
    Valerie Carpico supports agencies and community-based organizations in planning and implementing initiatives to reduce recidivism, strengthen family engagement, and improve other reentry outcomes. Previously, Valerie was the reentry coordinator in Fairfield County, Ohio, where she leveraged partnerships between law enforcement
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    and behavioral health. In this role, she facilitated a local reentry coalition of community agencies and coordinated new behavioral health programming within the local jail. She also served as the Stepping Up coordinator, setting new goals and initiatives for her county focused on sober housing, jail screening tools, and a crisis stabilization facility. Valerie holds a BS in criminal justice from Ohio University and an MS in justice administration from Tiffin University.
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    Kecha Dupree
    Senior Project Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
    Kecha Dupree works as a project specialist, 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 for the Corrections and Reentry Division. Prior to this role,
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    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
    Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
    Josh Gaines focuses on issues involving the collateral consequences of criminal conviction, barriers to work, and relief from the long-term impacts of a criminal record. 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 JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.
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    Nicole Jarrett
    Director, Corrections and Reentry
    Dr. Nicole Jarrett directs the Corrections and Reentry Division at the CSG Justice Center. She previously served as the division's deputy director, guiding the organization's grantee technical assistance, coordinating support to jurisdictions that are developing and implementing diversion, treatment, and
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    reentry initiatives. Nicole 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
    Program Director, Corrections and Reentry
    Stephanie Joson oversees the Corrections and Reentry Division’s efforts with the Communications and External Affairs division 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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  • Megan Pfeiffer
    Megan Pfeiffer
    Senior Policy Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
    Megan Pfeiffer provides technical assistance to state and local criminal justice agencies implementing programs for incarcerated parents and their children, and for people returning home after incarceration. Previously, Megan worked as a program director on Rikers Island in NYC, where
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    she developed and oversaw the program’s visiting, parenting, counseling, and advocacy services. She is a licensed social worker with over a decade of experience providing services to survivors of gender-based violence and people impacted by the criminal and family court systems. She received her MSSW from Columbia University, MS in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics, and BA in history from the University of Michigan. 
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    Nina Salomon
    Deputy Division Director, Corrections and Reentry
    Nina Salomon oversees the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative, supporting states to develop, adopt, and implement legislative reforms. Nina was a lead author of the School Discipline Consensus Report, and leads the organization's efforts to improve educational outcomes
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    for 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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    Stephanie Shaw
    Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
    Stephanie Shaw works with states and counties to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Stephanie has also worked to reduce the overuse of jail through initiatives such as Stepping Up and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice
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    Challenge. She has extensive experience with youth and families involved in the justice system through direct service, research, technical assistance, and program design. Most recently, Stephanie was the director of violence prevention at the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, where she worked to enhance community-led youth gun violence prevention. Stephanie holds a BS in psychology from the University of Arizona and an MA in community psychology from the University of New Haven.
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    Chidi Umez-Rowley
    Deputy Program Director, Corrections and Reentry
    Chidi Umez provides direction and support for projects that reduce policy barriers to economic opportunity for people with criminal records. Projects in this portfolio address the impact of a criminal record on job participation, occupational licensing, and business engagement. Prior
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    to joining the CSG Justice Center, Chidi served as a court attorney in the New York Civil Supreme Court and as an indigent defense attorney in Harris County, Texas. She received a BA in English and corporate communications from the 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 MPA from Princeton University.
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  • Development & Grant Administration


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    Katelyn Bower
    Development Associate, Development & Grant Administration
    Katie Bower supports and guides the funding efforts of the CSG Justice Center. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Katie gained experience as a writer and researcher, most recently using these skills as a paralegal. Previously she worked with
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    nonprofits to fund programs to provide necessities to youth in inner cities and others who are disadvantaged. Katie earned her BA in political science from Michigan State University.
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    Caleb Duncan
    Development Associate, Development & Grant Administration
    Caleb Duncan works on all grant and development-related matters for the CSG Justice Center. He prepares proposals in close coordination with the policy teams, identifies potential funding prospects, and supports the build-out of the CSG Justice Center’s individual giving program.
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    Previously, Caleb worked as a grants manager with Millennium Strategies, LLC, to develop strategic plans and competitive grant proposals for local governments and nonprofits in the mid-Hudson region of New York State. He also worked for HONK Technologies, a Los Angeles-based tech start-up, as an editing consultant and quality assurance analyst where he helped create a QA department. Caleb earned a BA in English literature and language from the University of Houston.
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    Sandra Jamet
    Director, Development & Grant Administration
    Sandy Jamet leads the CSG Justice Center’s efforts to grow and diversify our funding from public and private sources and ensure that we are good stewards of our existing funding. Prior to this role, Sandy served as the director of
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    foundation relations for the CSG Justice Center and as co-interim director and program director for operations in the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sandy was the associate vice president for foundation giving at the United Way of New York City. Previously, she led fundraising for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which consistently exceeded its fundraising targets under her leadership. Sandy received a BA in economics from New York University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.
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  • Finance, Operations, and 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. Renée has been with the CSG Justice Center since 2001.
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    Nerisha Degale
    Director, 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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    Lisa Halstead
    Deputy Division Director, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Lisa Halstead is the deputy division director, operational management and innovation in the Finance, Administration, and Operations division. Lisa previously served as founder and president of GreaterGood.org, a nonprofit that provides immediate disaster response fundraising. In that role, she established
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    a grant-making program that 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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  • Toni Jo Howard
    Toni Jo Howard
    Deputy Division Director, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Toni Jo Howard is responsible for in-depth analysis of financial data, including programmatic budgets; variance analysis; and coordinating and leading teams in researching and building financial data for the organization’s budget. She oversees the team of financial analysts and managers
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    in executing the organization’s more than 60 projects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she served as the finance director for local municipalities, managing financial operations, grants, and budgeting. She holds a BBA in accounting and an MPACC from the University of West Georgia and is a licensed CPA.
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    Vinita Jethwani
    Project Finance Manager, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Vinita Jethwani works to ensure effective oversight of the CSG Justice Center’s project portfolios. She provides budgeting expertise and assistance and monitors financial and programmatic compliance. Previously, Vinita worked at the Guttmacher Institute, where she was responsible for research operations,
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    project management and budgeting, and government grants. Prior to that, Vinita worked as a project manager for the violence against women program at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and as a research analyst, conducting evaluations of federally-funded programs. Vinita received a master’s degree from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in women and public policy, and her BA in history from Douglass College at Rutgers 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, multitasking, 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
    Nazia Nehal monitors and processes contracts; drafts subawards, procurements, and letter agreements; and processes consultant invoices on a weekly basis. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Nazia was a finance specialist for the Northside Center for Child Development, working with the
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    grants management team on reporting, budget forecasting, and ongoing analysis. She earned her BS in accounting from Queens College, City University of New York.
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    Kevin Nguyen
    Finance Analyst, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Kevin Nguyen prepares reports, analyzes financial statements, and assists with budget projection at the CSG Justice Center. Previously, he worked as a management analyst at the Mount Sinai Healthcare System. He analyzed monthly operating costs to measure efficiency in terms
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    of resource allocation, assisted with performing budget analysis, explained monthly budget variance, and prepared profit and loss statements. He received a BBA with a concentration in finance at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
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    Benjamin Oakley
    Information Technology Analyst, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Ben Oakley provides technical support to CSG Justice Center staff, working with the CSG IT department to ensure that the CSG Justice Center's computing and technology needs are met. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Ben worked as an operations
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    assistant at Princeton 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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    Jennifer Shin
    Director of Project Management, Finance, Operations, and Administration
    Jennifer Shin works collaboratively across teams to assess and identify opportunities to improve internal systems using creativity, strategic problem-solving, and her passion for the CSG Justice Center’s mission. From social services to education, Jennifer has supported nonprofits across the country
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    in her roles as a consultant and a fundraising executive. She brings 15 years of experience focused on institutional resource growth, strategic planning, nonprofit operations, and stakeholder relationship management. She holds a BA in political science from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.
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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 human resources programs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Kenya served as director of human resources for the
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    New York 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 health care 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 resources 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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    Ashley Toledo
    Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources
    As a member of the CSG Justice Center’s human resources team, Ashley Toledo assists with recruitment, benefits, onboarding, and other human resource needs. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Ashley served as part of the human resources team at
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    Stony Brook University, assisting employees with their benefits and holding new employee orientation. Ashley holds a BS in business administration from SUNY College at Old Westbury.
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    Felicia Pagden
    Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources
    Felicia Pagden provides strategic and tactical human resources and recruiting support to the CSG Justice Center team. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Felicia served as a consultant in the outsourced human resources department at Marcum LLP. In this
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    role, she managed the daily human resources and payroll processing functions of more than a dozen nonprofit organizations across the U.S. She also worked with organization executives to align company policies and processes with stated missions and values. Felicia earned her BS in psychology from the University of London, Goldsmiths College.
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  • Research


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    Sara Bastomski
    Research Manager, Research
    Dr. Sara Bastomski conducts research and evaluations on public safety policy. She has over 10 years of experience studying the causes and consequences of crime victimization and using data to inform policy in the criminal justice and victim service fields.
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    Her research employs advanced quantitative methods, such as statistical modeling and quasi-experimental approaches, as well as qualitative methods. Sara’s work has emphasized researcher-practitioner partnerships to ensure that project findings are meaningful to diverse stakeholder audiences. She previously conducted research at the Urban Institute, RAND Corporation, and for community organizations, and was an adjunct faculty member in sociology at the George Washington University. She holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University.
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    Andrew Byrum
    Data Scientist, Research
    Andrew Byrum conducts data analysis and visualization for several CSG Justice Center projects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Andrew was a research analyst with the City University of New York, leading research and program evaluation of several citywide
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    K–16 initiatives. Andrew received his BA in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his MA in sociology from Columbia University. His master’s thesis work focused on the relationship between inequality and time-use in New York City.
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    Rebecca Cohen
    Research Manager, Research
    Becky Cohen works on school discipline and juvenile justice issues for the CSG 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
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    nonprofit 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
    Policy Researcher, 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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  • Martha Eichlersmith
    Martha Eichlersmith
    Data Scientist, Research
    Martha Eichlersmith is a data scientist with experience in programming to clean, manage, analyze, and visualize data in R and R Shiny. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Martha worked on data visualization projects for the Department of Labor's Employment
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    and Training Administration, which explored the Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL) data. She also worked in investment banking focusing on the senior living industry. Martha received a BA in mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in statistics from Northwestern University.
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    Jessica Gonzales-Bricker
    Policy Researcher, Research
    Jessica Gonzales-Bricker designs and manages long-term research projects focused on victims and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative; she has also contributed to projects related to behavioral health, juvenile justice, and employment. Before coming to the CSG Justice Center, Jessica was a
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    research 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
    Policy Researcher, 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 juveniles. 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 BA from Rice University and her MPA from Indiana University.
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    Matt Herman
    Data Scientist II, Research
    Matt Herman performs data collection, manipulation, and visualization for several CSG Justice Center projects. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Matt was a deputy director in the Office of Research and Analytics at the NYC Administration for Children's Services, where
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    he created automated and reproducible workflows to generate outcome measures and performance indicators for investigations of child abuse and neglect. He collaborated with managers of frontline child protection staff to interpret this data in order to create actionable quality improvement plans and assess the impact of these plans. Matt received a BA in American studies from Columbia University and an MS in applied social research from Hunter College.
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    Joshua Mallett
    Deputy Division Director, Research
    Joshua Mallett supports management of the Research Division with over 10 years of experience programming to clean, manage, and analyze data in R, Stata, and the Statistical Analysis System (SAS), with a focus on innovative methods of promoting quality assurance
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    and leading the design and development of data visualizations. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Joshua managed and reported performance metrics from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Participant Individual Record Layout data. He was also a research programmer at the RAND Corporation, managing and analyzing Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems data. Joshua received a BS in mathematics from Northern Arizona University and an MS in biostatistics from the University of Arizona.
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    Carl Reynolds
    Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Research
    Carl Reynolds helps manage and develop projects related to courts, corrections, law enforcement, and sentencing. He works on Justice Reinvestment and other projects where expert legal and policy research is needed. Previously, Carl served as director of the Texas Office
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    of Court Administration. From 1997 to 2005, he was general counsel for the 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. Carl holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati, an MA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law. 
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    Mari Roberts
    Data Scientist, Research
    Mari Roberts performs data analysis and visualization for various CSG Justice Center projects, such as Justice Counts, Justice Reinvestment, and More Community, Less Confinement. She has also contributed to projects related to behavioral health, sentencing reform, and corrections. Before joining
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    the CSG Justice Center, Mari worked at the Correctional Association of New York, where she tracked COVID-19 in New York State prisons and reported findings to the legislature and broader public. She also worked at New York University as a data analyst looking at the relationship between food security and well-being in rural Bangladesh. She earned a BS in biology from Florida State University and an MS in applied statistics for social science research from New York University.
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    Emily Rogers
    Policy Researcher, Research
    Emily Rogers performs data analysis for juvenile justice projects. Before joining 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
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    worked 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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    Jessica Saunders
    Director, Research
    Dr. Jessica Saunders oversees the Research Division at the CSG Justice Center. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting effective and equitable criminal justice administration through rigorous research, including identifying best practices and addressing systemic racial bias. Her
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    research spans the criminal justice system continuum, from school-based delinquency preventive interventions to reentry and system-wide performance metrics. She has been a principal or co-principal investigator on over $25 million in competitive research grants and contracts and has published over 50 scientific articles, books, and technical reports. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a policy researcher at RAND Corporation and an assistant professor at Arizona State University. Jessica received her PhD in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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  • Amund Tallaksen
    Amund Tallaksen
    Data Scientist, Research
    Amund Tallaksen provides data analysis and visualization for multiple projects, including Justice Counts, an initiative to help policymakers make better decisions using public safety data. Before coming to the CSG Justice Center, Amund worked as a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon
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    University (CMU), where he taught several classes focused on drug policy and criminal justice. Amund has also worked in drug treatment in Norway and has volunteered at a needle exchange in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Amund received an MS in public policy and management from CMU's Heinz College and a PhD in history from CMU.
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    Grace Beil Call
    Deputy Division 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 and directed the Victims of Crime Act 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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    Jowan Burton
    Project Manager, State Initiatives
    Jowan Burton leads efforts to develop technology that helps state leaders diagnose system challenges, assists agencies in defining changes that can help address those challenges, and supports the implementation of changes to improve correctional outcomes. Previously, Jowan worked in community corrections
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    and reentry programs with the Virginia Departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice. In Virginia’s adult courts, he conducted background investigations and wrote reports to promote equitable sentencing practices. Jowan was also previously a juvenile parole officer, collaborating with families and courts to identify alternatives to detention and state commitments. Jowan has a BS in criminal justice with a concentration in justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a paralegal studies certificate from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
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    David D'Amora
    Senior Policy Advisor, State Initiatives
    David D’Amora advises 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 than 30
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    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
    Project Manager, 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 an 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 CSG Justice Center, Jan led operational efforts across various industries, including financial consulting and property management. Jan earned a BA in criminal justice and an MPA specializing in operational oversight from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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    Sara Friedman
    Program Director, 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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    Tracy Gillespie
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Tracy Gillespie provides policy research, analysis, and technical assistance to State Initiatives projects including Course Corrections. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Tracy served as operations director for the Seattle-King County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Additionally, Tracy has
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    over a decade of social service experience including supporting individuals exiting prison with behavioral health conditions in the Offender Reentry Community Safety Program and advocating for sexually exploited minors in King County Juvenile Detention. She holds a BA in community studies from Evergreen State College and is working to complete her MA in criminal justice research and evaluation at Seattle University.
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    Greg Halls
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Greg Halls provides project management for state-based teams and assists in policy research, analysis, and technical assistance activities for states undergoing the Justice Reinvestment process. In his previous role as a policy analyst on the economic mobility team, he provided
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    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 CSG 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 nine 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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    Robert Hamill
    Project Manager, State Initiatives
    Robert Hamill focuses on projects involving victim compensation. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Robert was the administrator of the crime victim compensation and sexual abuse examination payment programs in the Iowa Department of Justice’s Crime Victim Assistance Division. He
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    also managed Iowa’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative project and helped lead efforts to improve responses and transparency regarding sexual assault evidence in the state. Robert has also been a consultant with the State Administering Agencies Support Team and the OVC VOCA Center. Previously, Robert served in the Des Moines office of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in several roles. Robert received a BA in business administration from Grand View College.
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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 in 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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    Jenna Lapidus
    Associate Operations Specialist, 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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    Sarah Lee
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Sarah Lee supports policymakers to make better decisions using criminal justice data as part of the Justice Counts initiative. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sarah was a public defender in Maricopa County, Arizona, where she represented indigent clients
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    in Early Resolution Court. She also served as a public defender in St. Lawrence County, New York. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from New York University. She is admitted to practice law in New York.
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    Elizabeth Lyon
    Director, State Initiatives
    Elizabeth K. Lyon directs the State Initiatives Division, which partners with local, state, and federal leaders to address site-specific challenges in the criminal justice system. The State Initiatives portfolio includes the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, improving outcomes for victims of crime,
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    increasing data collection and reporting, leveraging technology and research to reduce revocations, and other initiatives that help states create sustainable criminal justice improvements. Elizabeth joined the CSG Justice Center in 2012 and previously served as program director for implementation of Justice Reinvestment and as deputy division director. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Elizabeth was the director of governmental relations for the State Bar of Michigan, where she directed the public policy program. She holds a BA from the James Madison College at Michigan State University.
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    Alison Martin
    Deputy Program Director, 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 and her MS and PhD in justice, law, and society from American University.
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    Katie Mosehauer
    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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    Carly Murray
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Carly Murray supports ongoing work in multiple states to serve survivors of crime by engaging with diverse stakeholders and providing technical assistance. Previously, Carly worked as a case manager with Chicago Torture Justice Center, where she supported survivors of police
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    violence. Her research focuses on women’s and families’ experiences and needs related to trauma, criminalization, and access to social services. Carly started her career as a case manager for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She holds a BA in psychology and French from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA in social work, social policy, and social administration from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
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    Maya Nakamura
    Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Maya Nakamura supports projects improving states' victim compensation programs. Previously, Maya oversaw the daily operations of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) emergency shelter as the shelter advocate in the Greater Boston area, where she also spent a
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    year working as a residential counselor during university. Before returning to ATASK, Maya worked at national health policy and advocacy organization Community Catalyst, where she supported projects on Medicaid expansion, health equity, and equitable grant-making decisions. Maya holds a BS in behavior and health from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Japanese language and literature.
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    Michelle Rodriguez
    Deputy Program Director, 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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    Lorretta Sackey
    Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Lorretta Sackey provides project management for state-based teams, distills data, and analyzes legislative and administrative policies. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Lorretta worked as a project manager with the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS), a university-based organization
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    where she trained and educated young girls and women to value their voice in negotiations. She has also worked as a fundraiser for political candidates on the local, state, and federal levels. Lorretta has a BA in political science from Canisius College and an MA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
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    Ben Shelor
    Deputy Program Director, 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
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    in 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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    Lahiz Tavárez
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Lahiz Tavárez administers the CSG Justice Center’s internal data management system and oversees internal data collection and reporting processes. As part of her role, she develops and implements systems and process guidance to improve internal data tracking and communicates that
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    information to staff through consistent resource development and leading of staff trainings. Additionally, she works on projects centered on risk and needs assessment communication and implementation guidance. In previous roles at the CSG Justice Center, Lahiz developed networks of community services for people returning to the community after incarceration, provided technical assistance to recipients of Second Chance Act grants, supported projects centered on improving risk communication in corrections and reentry of people convicted of sexual offenses, and worked to expand the Reentry Services Directory. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she interned at the New York State Assembly as a legislative assistant, as well as with Albany County’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC), acting as a victim advocate at Albany Criminal Court on behalf of CVSVC, and at SUNY Albany’s University Police Department (UAPD), also participating in UAPD’s Advisory Committee. Lahiz received a BA in criminal justice from SUNY University at Albany and is completing her MA in forensic psychology at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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    Shundrea Trotty
    Program Director, State Initiatives
    Shundrea Trotty leads technical assistance efforts to states improving the systemic response to victims. She works alongside state leaders to enhance crime victim compensation programs, restitution practices, and victim assistance funding processes. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was
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    director of Iowa Services and Projects with Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Having worked in direct service for over 20 years, she has led culturally specific programs serving communities of color and focusing on reentry, reunification, job readiness, and employment. Shundrea started her career in grassroots community organizing and holds a BBA from William Penn University, an MPA with a nonprofit emphasis from Drake University, and is completing a doctorate of education in leadership at Drake University.
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    Laura van der Lugt
    Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives
    Laura van der Lugt provides justice systems assessment, policy development, and implementation technical assistance to states, counties, and cities. She specializes in improving correctional continuum practices, strengthening supervision practices, and building and sustaining networks of community resources necessary to improve
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    community supervision outcomes and public safety. Before joining 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 justice policy 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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    Vibha Venkatesha
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Vibha Venkatesha supports policymakers to make better decisions using criminal justice data as part of the Justice Counts initiative. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked with the City of Detroit’s Returning Citizens’ Task Force since its inception.
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    In her roles as policy analyst and communications director, she researched and developed legislation and community outreach initiatives to reduce recidivism rates and managed communications. Vibha is also on the Board of Directors for Amnesty International USA. She has led workshops on human rights issues; been an expert consultant at the UN Office of Human Rights, where she drafted the World Programme on Human Rights Education; and presented to the UN ECOSOC forum. She has a BA in political science and sociology with honors from Wayne State University.
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    Celine Villongco Miles
    Project Manager, State Initiatives
    Celine Villongco Miles 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
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    coordinator 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, DC, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). Celine received a BS from Cornell University and an MA in public policy from Duke University.
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    Brant Wadsworth
    Project Manager, State Initiatives
    Dr. Brant Wadsworth leads projects that improve administrative practices in states, including streamlining restitution processes, enhancing access to crime victim compensation, and working on direct services to victims of crime. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he was the
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    executive director of Canyon Creek Services, a nonprofit service provider for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Brant previously served as the program director of Lava Heights Academy, a residential treatment center for adolescents. He is a registered drama therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association and holds a PhD in expressive therapies from Lesley University.
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    Ellen Whelan-Wuest
    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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