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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. 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

pashton@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x304
@PDAshton

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

edeal@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x308
202.320.1029
@BMcDeal

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.

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. 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.

Keith Wallington

State Based Strategist

kwallington@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x310
@Keith4Justice

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

jwhite@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x302

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

jziedenberg@justicepolicy.org
202.558.7974 x313
@JZCND

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. 

natalie behr

Intern

NBehr@justicepolicy.org

Natalie Behr, an intern at JPI, works with JPI’s research and state-based projects departments on their ongoing projects. Natalie is a recent graduate from Wesleyan University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and American Studies. While she has long been interested in a career advocating for marginalized populations, Natalie developed a strong and specific interest in criminal justice reform as an undergrad through her direct work with people affected by the justice system. During her time at Wesleyan, she volunteered with the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education as a research intern, a writing tutor for college classes in two adult prisons in Connecticut, and a tutor for high school credit recovery in the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center. Outside of her time at JPI, Natalie studies Arabic and enjoys running along the Potomac.

nancy hernandez feria

Intern

NHernandezFeria@justicepolicy.org

Nancy K Hernandez Feria is an intern at the Justice Policy Institute. She is a student at the
University of California Santa Barbara, pursuing a double degree in Sociology and Latin
American and Iberian Studies with an expected graduation in December 2017.  Prior to working
at JPI she held the positions of Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Resource Center Mentor,
Undergraduate Mentor with the College of Letters and Science, and tutor for a Santa Barbara
non-profit organization, Cal-SOAP. In her spare time she volunteers to serve her campus
community, as well as the community outside of the University. JPI embodies her personal
mission to promote just solutions to social problems, one being the reduction of incarceration by
promoting effective alternatives. Through her academics, volunteer and work experience,
Nancy’s passion for serving her community continues to grow. Nancy is a huge fan of Latin
American music and will dance to anything, she also enjoys photography and exploring nature.

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