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Marc Schindler

Executive Director
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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. A less known fact about Marc, is that he managed a NYC blues bar after college. Marc is also the only non-spanish speaking member of his immediate family! 

Paul Ashton

Development and Research Associate
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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.  His other JPI publications include Gaming the System, The Education of D.C., Rethinking the Blues, and Fostering Change. Paul has also served on the policy committee of the Delaware HIV Consortium – working to educate the Delaware State Legislature on the need for increased funding to address homelessness and HIV. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Response Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organization working to address LGBTQ intimate partner violence in the D.C. metro area. Paul received his Bachelor's in criminology from The Ohio State University and a Masters in criminology from the University of Delaware. 

Elizabeth McCabe Deal

Communications Director
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Prior to joining JPI, Beth held a variety of positions in the public and non-profit and private sectors in New York and Washington, D.C. Beth served in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as assistant commissioner of external affairs and communications at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Before that, she was director of government and external relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Beth also worked for the NYC Office of the Mayor in a number of positions. There, she served as a team leader on the NYC Emergency Response Task Force following the 9/11 WTC attacks. She also served as a federal legislative representative in Washington, D.C. for the NYC Office of the Mayor, drafting, negotiating and advocating for various New York City legislative items. Beth earned a B.A. in political science from Fordham University and an MPA in urban affairs from the City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She’s also a certified health coach and remains a dedicated swimmer and yogi.

Olivia Martinez

Digital Media Associate 
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As JPI's Digital Media Associate, Olivia works to boost JPI's social media presence, update our blog, and bolster JPI's digital content. Olivia recently received her Bachelor's in Political Communication from the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. From her time at GW, Olivia brings a background of radio and television production. On her political satire radio show, Olivia regularly produced content about social justice issues such as Women's Rights, LGBT Rights, race relations and mass incarceration. Olivia also brings experience from working with Strauss Media Strategies, a television and radio consulting firm, and the Women’s Media Center. Her areas of interest include drug policy reform and the school-to-prison pipeline. An avid fan of media, comedy, and social justice, Olivia hopes to pursue new and interesting ways they can all intersect. 

Amanda Petteruti

Senior Research Associate 
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Amanda Petteruti, a research and policy analyst with a decade of experience in juvenile, criminal justice and education policy with both nonprofits and a government agency, most recently served as a program analyst with the Office of Research and Evaluation with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), Washington, D.C.’s juvenile justice agency. While at DYRS, Petteruti helped advance the DC YouthLink outcome measures that have consistently shown city progress in connecting young people to services and supervision, and conducted key research to advance the Department’s Youth Assessment Unit. 

Prior to working at DYRS, Petteruti served in a number of different positions with JPI, including serving as Associate Director responsible for the nonprofit’s operations and research. She authored Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools, Costs of Confinement: Why Good Juvenile Justice Policies Make Good Fiscal Sense, and The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System. Prior to joining the staff of the Justice Policy Institute, she conducted research on issues pertaining to urban education at the Council of the Great City Schools, organized a writing program for youth at the National Campaign to Stop Violence, and worked with the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Petteruti has a Master of Arts in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Bates College. 

Keith Wallington

Project Manager
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Keith, Project Manager, 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.

Jason Ziedenberg

Director of Policy and Research
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Jason Ziedenberg is JPI’s Director of Policy and Research. In this role, Jason has strategic and operational responsibility for generating and coordinating JPI’s research and policy work. He has also held staff positions with two systems, the Washington, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services, and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (the adult probation and parole agency covering Portland, Oregon).   He has served as a consultant to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Correction, Evidence-based Associates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Washington Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the Campaign for Youth Justice, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  He has authored publications for two dozen juvenile and criminal justice policy organizations and initiatives. He has a Masters in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto from his hometown, Toronto, Canada.

Luis Escoboza

Undergraduate Intern 

Luis Escoboza is an undergraduate intern with the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) this fall. Prior to working with JPI, Escoboza served as an Investigative Intern for The Legal Aid Society’s Bronx Criminal Defense Practice, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals. As an Intern Investigator, Luis often met with clients and meticulously explored ways of strengthening an attorney’s theory of the case in order to better serve clients. He is currently a student at the State University of New York at Oswego, studying Political Science, Public Justice, and Philosophy. But this semester he is studying in Washington, D.C., through the State University of New York at Brockport’s Study in Washington D.C., program. His desire to be informed about persistent criminal justice issues led Escoboza to attend the Criminal Justice Educators of New York State (CJEANYS) annual conference, where he engaged in a dialogue with professionals about how to best resolve various issues within the justice system.

Melinda Miller

Graduate Intern

Melinda is a graduate intern with JPI and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University. Besides interning with JPI, she is a research assistant with the Sexual Abuse, Violence, and Exploitation (SAVE) Research Group as part of the BDSM study team. Prior to attending Marymount University, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, with minors in criminology and biology. As an undergraduate, she was part of the Tennessee Teaching Activities that Lead to Knowledge and Safety (TALKS) cadre and focused on how violence prevention programs can help lower rates of high school dropouts in the state of Tennessee. Independent of the TALKS cadre, she researched the School-to-Prison Pipeline and its effects on Tennessee youth. An active member of her undergraduate’s chapter for the psychology honors society Psi Chi, she served as secretary for one year. Beginning as an undergraduate and continuing today, she is a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology, and the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the APA). She is also an Aquarius and huge Harry Potter fan.