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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. 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 Finance Manager
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As JPI’s Development and Finance Manager, Paul 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.            

Elizabeth McCabe Deal

Strategic Communications Consultant
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Prior to joining JPI, Beth held a variety of positions in the public, 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. Prior to 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.


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. He is currently enrolled at American University pursuing a master’s degree in Justice, Law, and Criminology, with an anticipated completion in December 2016. 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 stays active by participating in street and ice hockey leagues around the city.

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 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 Wallington

State Based Strategist
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Keith, 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.

Jamille White

Office Administrator
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As JPI’s Office Administrator, Jamille works to facilitate the management of human resources, finances, and other various daily logistics to ensure smooth organizational operations. Jamille is a graduate of the University of Phoenix where she holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Prior to joining JPI, Jamille used her business administration acumen to support Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches in North and South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She has a passion for creating, installing and introducing management systems that enhance efficiency and productivity within the organization and helps to guide teams to accomplish goals. Jamille feeds her need to impact communities by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and several other non-profit organizations. She is the proud parent of two awesome sons, Jamal and Javaris who are currently enrolled in the Engineering Program at Clemson University, South Carolina. In her spare time, Jamille enjoys Bikram hot yoga, spoken word, reading and writing.  

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. 

Maggie Christ

Undergraduate Intern

Maggie will be entering her senior year at Swarthmore College pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in history and economics. At Swarthmore, she participates in the College Democrats, the Writing Associates Program, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Before joining JPI, Maggie interned at the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia and at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Project (ACLU-RJP) in New York City. Her interests include racial justice issues in the criminal justice system, and the intersection of politics and criminal justice reform. This summer, Maggie looks forward to working on a range of research, communications, and other projects at JPI. In her free time, Maggie enjoys singing in Swarthmore’s College Chorus.

Sara Walenta

Undergraduate Intern

As an undergraduate student, Sara is working as a summer intern at JPI. While interning at JPI, she assists various research, communications, and organizing projects. She is currently majoring in Sociology with a Criminology Concentration at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and anticipates graduating fall 2016. Sara is on the Executive Board and served as President of New Paltz Pride, the only LGBTQA+ organization at SUNY New Paltz. Sara has previously interned for the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office and Grace Smith House –a battered women’s shelter. She has a passion for social justice, particularly for issues such as mass incarceration and discrimination against marginalized populations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking local NY mountains and travelling.  

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