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Marc Schindler

Executive Director

As JPI’s executive director, Marc Schindler is a dedicated justice system reformer, while serving in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was a partner at a DC-based nonprofit philanthropic investment organization, Venture Philanthropy Partners. He served in a variety of leadership roles at DC's juvenile justice agency, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) including Chief of Staff and Interim Director. Schindler also served as Staff Attorney with the Youth Law Center, advocating for the rights of young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He is also a former Baltimore City public defender. Schindler is a recognized expert in the field, providing commentary in the national media, including on CNN and NPR, and is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters. 

Paul Ashton

Development and Finance Manager
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As JPI’s Development and Finance Manager, Paul Ashton manages JPI’s administration, fundraising and financial operations. He is the author of a number of JPI publications including: Gaming the System, Rethinking the Blues, The Education of D.C., and Fostering Change. Prior to joining JPI, Paul spent time as a sexual assault victim advocate and conducting research examining intimate partner violence in the LGBT community. Paul’s experience with victim issues led him to author JPI’s white paper: Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform. He is active in the local community and currently serves on the Police Complaints Board for the District of Columbia, the governing body of the D.C. Office of Police Complaints, and on the board of directors of Rainbow Response Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organization working to address LGBTQ intimate partner violence.  Paul received his Bachelor's in criminology from The Ohio State University and a Masters in criminology from the University of Delaware.        

Ryan King 

 Director of Research and Policy
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Ryan King is the Director of Research and Policy at the Justice Policy Institute. Most recently, King was senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute where he worked on sentencing and corrections issues with a focus on mass incarceration. Before joining Urban, King was the research director of the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) at Pew Research Center. As lead researcher for PSPP’s portfolio of work, he oversaw a team of investigators producing original and groundbreaking analyses exploring the ways in which criminal justice policies affect offender recidivism, public safety, and states’ fiscal health. This work helped shape PSPP’s state sentencing and corrections technical assistance. He was previously a policy analyst at The Sentencing Project for eight years, where he authored numerous publications focused on sentencing and corrections policy. King’s research has appeared in Criminology & Public Policy and the Federal Sentencing Reporter. In addition, his work has been featured in the Associated PressNew York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, and he has appeared on local and national radio programs to discuss sentencing and corrections issues. He has a BA in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in justice, law, and society from American University.


 Research and Policy Associate
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Jeremy Kittredge is JPI’s Research and Policy Associate. In this position, he is responsible for assisting in the generation and coordination of JPI’s research and policy work. Prior to working at JPI, Jeremy held various positions in non-profits that work towards criminal justice reform, including The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Correctional Association. Throughout his academic and work experiences, he has developed a passion for youth justice reform, specifically for those that are serving long-term sentences and those housed in adult correctional facilities. Jeremy received his Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Curry College and a Masters in Criminology from American University.

Sadie Rose-Stern 

Director of Communications and External Affairs
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Sadie Rose-Stern is a non-profit advocate and expert with a focus on social justice. She has been a Staff Attorney, Communications Director and Executive Director, and is excited to return to the justice field with JPI. Her expertise spans communications and branding, strategic planning, smart organizational growth, developing sustainability for organizations and change management. Sadie is proud to have worked with and for the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Senate Labor Committee, Jack Berman Advocacy Center, the American Institute on Bisexuality and more. She holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco, a fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a proud graduate in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Ashley Wagstaff

Operations Coordinator

Ashley Wagstaff is JPI’s Operations Coordinator. In her position she is responsible for assisting with office administration, human resources, and general operations. Prior to joining JPI, Ashley supported the advancement of social justice through her volunteer work and professional endeavors. Most recently, as a Volunteer and Development Associate, Ashley oversaw the volunteer program at Shepherd’s Table, a direct service nonprofit. While holding that position she also supported development endeavors, including helping secure a generous grant for the organization. She is eager to channel her passion for helping others into supporting the advancement of juvenile and adult justice reform. Ashley received her bachelor of arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s Honors College of Maryland in 2015.

Keith Wallington

State Based Strategist
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Keith Wallington, State Based Strategist, leads JPI's state-based projects, the Models for Change juvenile justice initiative and is intimately involved with the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network which works on Maryland criminal justice initiatives including re-entry, child support for returning citizens, and life without parole issues. Keith pens opinion editorials and writes and delivers testimonies before various policymakers in an effort to incite change.  Prior to joining JPI in 2010, Keith worked as an organizer for the Alliance for Retired Americans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and economic security of older Americans. As a field organizer, he helped to build and charter states to the national Alliance and educate the public about the health and economic concerns of older Americans. After working as an organizer, he served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Alliance for Retired Americans where he helped build the organization through group affiliation. Keith also worked as a field organizer for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (FCIK), where he recruited and educated top law enforcement officials about the importance of early education and evidence-based programs as proactive investments to fighting crime including meetings with Congressman John Spratt (SC), U.S. Budget Committee Chairman, to discuss investments in education as a way of reducing future crime. Keith graduated from American University with degrees in biology and psychology.

Alex Clark

Fall Intern

Alex is a senior at The George Washington University where she is studying Political Science. She first gained interest in the criminal justice system by volunteering with The Petey Greene Program at a local Maryland jail, aiding those currently incarcerated prepare for their GED exam. She has also served as a Research Intern for Prison Policy Initiative where she published pieces on prison telecommunication companies, sheriff’s campaigns, and prosecutorial power. After graduation, Alex plans on working abroad and later attending law school to continue her passion for criminal justice reform.

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