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Marc Schindler

Executive Director

mschindler@justicepolicy.org
202.568.6569
@Marc4Justice

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

Director of Organizational Impact

pashton@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x304
@PDAshton

As JPI’s Director of Organizational Impact, Paul Ashton manages internal systems and works to enhance JPI's effectiveness across justice reform projects. He directs administrative and financial operations, engages in fundraising efforts, and is strategically deployed to help lead organization-wide programmatic work. Paul 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, he 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 as chair of the Police Complaints Board for the District of Columbia, the governing body of the D.C. Office of Police Complaints. He has also served on the Young Donors Committee for SMYAL, an LGBTQ youth-serving organization, and on the board of directors of the 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, a Masters in criminology from the University of Delaware, and completed an Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.        

Mai Fernandez

Senior Fellow

mfernandez@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 

Mai Fernandez is a nationally known victims advocate, former prosecutor and community-based non-profit executive.  She comes to JPI from NCVC where she has served as Executive Director since 2010.  With a distinguished, 30-plus-year career in the justice, non-profit direct services, and policy arenas, Mai brings extensive national, state and local leadership experience with her to JPI. Formerly the acting Executive Director of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) – a DC-based non-profit organization that provides multicultural, underserved, youth with education, social, and job training services – Fernandez spent over a decade managing programs that served both people involved in violent crime and victims of violent crime.

Before joining LAYC, Mai served as a prosecutor in New York City. She also developed policy related to youth violence and victims of domestic violence at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and served as a Congressional aide to U.S. Representatives Mickey Leland and Jim Florio. Mai received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Juris Doctor from American University, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's JFK School of Government. 

Ryan King 

 Director of Research and Policy

rking@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x312
@RKingJPC

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.

JEREMY KITTREDGE 

 Research and Policy Associate 

jkittredge@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x306
@JeremyKittredge

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

srose-stern@justicepolicy.org
202.888.6748 (direct)
@sadiesketch

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

awagstaff@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x302

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.

TYRONE WALKER

JPI Associate

twalker@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x314

Tyrone met his first mentor during his first month of incarceration when he was 19. This mentor recognized Tyrone’s intellect and aptitude, and he empowered Tyrone to take the steps to overturn his initial sentence, shorten the time he would serve, and get his GED.

While incarcerated, Tyrone tutored other incarcerated men studying for their GEDs, and he took it upon himself to mentor young men in his facility. Recognized for his leadership abilities, he formally became a mentor in the Young Men Emerging Unit, a program in the D.C. Department of Correction’s Central Treatment Facility, which matched young men with mentors. Through this program, Tyrone and his peers mentored a group of 25 young men between the ages of 18-25. Upon being released after serving 25 years in prison, he completed the Georgetown University Pivot Program, during which he served as a Pivot Fellow with JPI.  Through his fellowship and now as a full-time Associate at JPI he utilizes his experience, expertise and a passion for prison reform to advocate for change.

Tyrone also has translated his passion for coaching and mentoring into his work as a professional personal trainer instructor, which allowed him not only to help others in his facility toward their fitness goals, but to help them become personal trainers as well. Going forward, Tyrone has a passion for helping others reach their goals, and he also continues to love all things fitness. He has a particular interest in helping cancer survivors design exercise and nutrition plans to support their well-being and continued recovery. He also dreams of starting a weightlifting competition for at-risk youth, giving them training on clean eating and building strength. In his spare time, Tyrone is an avid Scrabble player. In his new life, he is enjoying spending time with his two children and three grandchildren, watching football, and reading the New York Times on Sundays.

Keith Wallington

State Based Strategist

kwallington@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x310
@Keith4Justice

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.

Vincenza Belletti

Intern

vbelletti@justicepolicy.org

Vincenza is a senior at American University with a double major in Justice & Law and Journalism. In her studies, she focuses on critical issues within the criminal justice system and solutions for mitigating these challenges. At JPI, Vincenza will put her education into practice by aiding the research, communications, and advocacy teams in their efforts to spread information on the inequities in the criminal justice system and advocate for reforms. After graduation, Vincenza plans to attend law school to pursue a career as a prosecutor where she will argue for fair sentencing and alternatives to incarceration.

Donta Ellerbe

Intern

dellerbe@justicepolicy.org 

Donta Ellerbe is a recent graduate of Georgetown's PIVOT program. Donta has also served two years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman where he observed and managed the flight deck. Donta is also a skilled Electrician and HVAC technician. Donta has experience as a GED teacher where he was able to combine his passion for knowledge and desire to make an impact on the lives of others, while being incarcerated. He explains his experience behind the wall as an integral part of his growth as a compassionate, empathetic person with power and purpose.

Donta is eager to use his personal experience with the criminal justice system to make a difference in social justice reform. Donta joins the JPI team as an intern focusing on parole and re-entry. Donta is looking forward to applying his power and purpose at JPI to advocate for policy reform and programs that reduce recidivism.

Chip Parkhurst

Intern

cparkhurst@justicepolicy.org

Chip Parkhurst is a Master’s in Criminology candidate at George Washington University and a 2020 summer intern at JPI. His studies are focused on police behavior, misconduct, and the role of law enforcement in a free society. He works as a graduate teaching assistant in criminal justice and sociology courses and is committed to producing and communicating the best available evidence for criminal justice methodology and strategy. Chip has previously done federal criminal justice policy work for Vera Institute of Justice, in efforts to reduce reliance on incarceration and alleviate the strain of COVID 19 on incarcerated populations. He is currently developing his master’s thesis on citizen-police contact. Chip has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.

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