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!
Development and Research Associate
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
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.
Digital Media Associate
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 race relations 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.
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.
Director of Policy and Research
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.
Erika is an undergraduate intern with JPI and studying Women’s Studies and Political Science at The George Washington University. Before interning with JPI, Erika interned with The As One Project, an organization that seeks to create a network of resources and a support system for friends and families of sexual assault survivors. Currently, Erika serves as a Senator with GW’s Student Association, where she advocates on behalf of students to the university administration to improve student life. Past initiatives include Religious Diets Accommodation Act, The Bill Cosby Honorary Degree Revocation Act, and Campus Resources Availability and Transparency Act. Erika also serves as the President of GW’s Feminist Student Union, an inclusive, intersectional organization focused on providing educational programming and organizing opportunities to the student body to raise awareness about a broad range of feminist issues. Erika’s interest in improving and reforming justice systems stems from taking a Global Women’s Prisons course last year as well as from her work as a University Justice with GW’s office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. As a University Justice, Erika seeks to provide students with a fair hearing and the educational opportunities that are necessary for students to reach their full potential at the university. In her free time, Erika enjoys cooking, jigsaw puzzles, and seeing musicals.
Stefany is an undergraduate intern with JPI and studying Political Science and Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s College in New York. Before interning with JPI, Stefany interned with Legislator Monica R. Martinez, addressing constituent based work and legislation for the residents of three different cities in Long Island. Stefany currently is part of The American Fund Studies in Washington D.C., broadening her horizon of opportunities and experiences for her future career. Stefany was a member of the Student Government Association at St. Joseph’s College, where she participated in creating school events and different deciding measures on behalf of the student body. Stefany was awarded a full scholarship at St. Joseph’s College due to her academics in high school. She was the Student Council President, Captain of the Fencing Team and was a finalist in a DECA Public Speaking Competition. In her free time, Stefany enjoys fencing and reading books.
Wendy is an undergraduate intern with JPI studying Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to interning with JPI, Wendy interned at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland where she surveyed formerly incarcerated people as well as those who have had incarcerated loved ones for the national report, "Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration." In her time at Berkeley, Wendy also served as an ASUC student senator where she, along with formerly incarcerated students, founded the Underground Scholars Initiative: a student run organization that supports all current and prospective students impacted by mass incarceration, imprisonment, and involuntary detainment of any kind. In her last semester, she is participating in the Berkeley in Washington program with the intention of gaining more hands on experience in the realm of criminal justice reform. As the daughter of an incarcerated parent, Wendy's interest in criminal justice reform arises from experiencing the consequences of mass incarceration first hand. Her long term goals include returning to East LA to build a network of women and young girls with incarcerated loved ones to empower one another and join the fight to end mass incarceration.