Staff

Measures for Justice Staff

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    Alexandra Ackles
    Research Associate
  • Image of Mauricio Alvarez
    Mauricio Alvarez
    Research Associate
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    Amy Bach
    Executive Director and President
  • Image of Matt Bernius
    Matt Bernius
    Lead UX Researcher
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    Keturah Bixby
    Data Wrangler
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    Will Boyd
    Senior Software Developer
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    Andrew Branch
    Director of Technology & Product
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    Jennie Brooks
    Assistant Director of Data Outreach
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    Stephen Byrne
    Lead Software Developer
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    Natalie Cardinali
    Software Developer Co-op 2019
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    Carol Chen
    Research Intern 2019
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    Stephanie Cruz
    Software Developer
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    Shelby Davis
    Data Outreach Manager
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    Mason DeLang
    Senior Data Scientist
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    Gipsy Escobar
    Director of Innovation Research
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    Scott Gary
    Helpdesk Technician and Mac Administrator
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    Nathan Hawke
    Legal Research Associate
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    Robert Hutchison
    Director of Research Management
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    David Kilmer
    Director of Data Engineering
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    Josh Kramer
    Senior Web Developer
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    Nathan LeMahieu
    Research Associate
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    Hillary Livingston
    Research Fellow
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    Fiona Maazel
    Director of Communications
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    David Markakis
    Data Quality Analyst
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    Trevariana Mason
    Research Associate
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    Asma Mohammadi
    Legal Research Assistant
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    Alyssa Oster
    Software Developer Co-op 2019
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    Lauren McQueen Pearce
    Assistant Director of Data Outreach
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    Zachery Porter
    Research Intern 2019
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    Mikaela Rabinowitz
    Director of National Engagement and Field Operations
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    Samantha J. Silver
    Director of Operations
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    Carly Simmons
    UX/UI Designer
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    Ben Smith
    Senior Software Developer
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    Lori Szalay
    HR/Office Manager, Exec. Assistant
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    Sema Taheri
    Director of Research Operations
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    Charles Teese
    Senior Security Engineer
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    Dominic Testino
    Research Associate
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    Ian Thomas
    Research Associate
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    Amanda Valtierra
    Data Outreach Associate
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    Raelynn Walker
    Senior Research Associate

Board of Directors

The board is a governing body responsible for devising policies and procedures that support best practices for MFJ. Our board comprises some of the best thinkers out there on the subject of legal reform and policy. Current Directors include:

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    Amy Bach
    Executive Director and President, MFJ
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    Rosemary Barkett
    Iran-United States
    Claims Tribunal
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    Justin Erlich
    Vice President of Strategy, Policy & Legal at Voyage
  • Image of Jim Kohlenberger
    Jim Kohlenberger
    President of JK Strategies
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    Kirsten Levingston
    Wellspring Advisory LLC
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    Richard J. Morello
    Family Reach Foundation and Aptus Health
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    Edwin G. Schallert
    Debevoise & Plimpton
    Partner
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    David Shipley
    Bloomberg View

Methods and Measurement Council

The Methods and Measurement Council comprises some of the brightest and most talented people in the field of criminal justice research and measurement who help revise and ratify MFJ’s measures, which were originally developed by MFJ’s Data Council. Current Methods and Measurement Council members include:

  • Christopher Fisher
    Chief Strategic Advisor, Seattle Police Department
  • Brian Johnson
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jim Parsons
    Vice President and Research Director, Vera Institute of Justice, New York
  • Andres F. Rengifo
    Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Jessica Saunders
    Senior Criminologist, RAND Corporation, Los Angeles
  • Don Stemen, Council Chair
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Min Xie
    Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park

Benchmarking Council

The Benchmarking Council is a senior advisory group comprised of well-known and highly respected criminologists, all of whom have had an important impact on criminal justice theory and practice in the past few decades. The group also includes a member who pioneered the field of pain measurement in medicine. The Benchmarking Council vets MFJ's measures and methodology, but the main focus of their work is on devising ways to help people better understand what the data mean. To this end, they are developing benchmarks MFJ will test with stakeholders across all our states. Current Benchmarking Council members include:

  • Todd Clear, Council Chair
    Distinguished Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Bob Dworkin
    Professor, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester
  • Michael Jacobson
    Executive Director, Institute for State & Local Governance at the City University of New York
  • Jim Lynch
    Professor and Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Mona Lynch
    Professor, School of Ecology, University of California, Irvine
  • Greg Ridgeway
    Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • William Sabol
    Vice President, Westat, Rockville, Maryland
  • Cassia Spohn
    Foundation Professor and Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, Phoenix

Data Council

The Data Council, established in 2011, was comprised of measurement experts with diverse expertise in the judicial system (experts on the judiciary, the bench, indigent defense, race in the courts, etc.) who helped isolate useful indicators of system performance and from them developed MFJ’s initial set of measures. Data Council members included:

  • Amy Bach
    Executive Director and President, MFJ
  • John Chisholm
    District Attorney, Milwaukee County
  • Derek Coursen
    Director of Planning & Informatics, Public Health Solutions, New York
  • Gipsy Escobar
    Director of Innovation Research, MFJ
  • Margaret A. Gressens
    Research Director, North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS), Durham, NC
  • Ingo Keilitz
    Court Metrics, Williamsburg, VA (former Senior Justice Reform Specialist at the World Bank and former Vice-President of the National Center for State Courts)
  • Jim Parsons
    Vice President and Research Director, Vera Institute of Justice, New York
  • Don Stemen
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Valerie West
    Assistant Director, John Jay College, New York

Advisory Committee

The MFJ Advisory Committee provides crucial strategic guidance for the organization with a particular focus on fundraising and developing a model to expand the Measures and generate revenue.

  • Josh Knauer
    President and CEO of Rhiza, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Josh Mailman
    Philanthropist and Founder of Social Venture Network, New York
  • Lenny Mendonca
    Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
  • Ellen Miller
    Cofounder, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Richard J. Morello
    Family Reach Foundation and Aptus Health

California Advisory Council

To assist its efforts in California and ensure that they are responsive to local issues, MFJ has formed an Advisory Council comprised of respected stakeholders from and experts on the California criminal justice system (judiciary, law enforcement, public defender, prosecution, administrative offices of the courts, academics, etc.).

The Council will support MFJ’s California work by: helping with outreach out to data owners; sharing key thoughts and concerns regarding the data and Measures; speaking on behalf of the constituencies it represents and; serving as a liaison, answering questions others may have about Measures for Justice.

  • Jim Bueermann
    President, Police Foundation
  • Justin Erlich
    Vice President of Strategy, Policy & Legal at Voyage
  • Harlan G. Grossman
    Judge, Ret., Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Stephanie L. James
    Chief, San Joaquin County Probation
  • James P. Mayer
    President and CEO, California Forward
  • Lenny Mendonca
    Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Owner, O’Connell Research, Inc
  • Emily Putnam-Hornstein
    Director, Children’s Data Network & Associate Professor, USC School of Social Work
  • Steve Raphael
    Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Bryan L. Sykes
    Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law & Society, UCI School of Social Ecology

Data Fellows Team

MFJ's Data Fellows provide technical assistance to Florida's 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco counties) on the implementation of the Criminal Justice Data Transparency Bill passed by the state's Legislature in 2017. With their expertise in Criminal Law and Computer Science, the Data Fellows are helping streamline work and strengthen the data culture within the criminal justice agencies in the two counties. Their work will inform the process in other Florida counties and other states that want to follow Florida’s example and bring transparency to the criminal justice system.

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    Ariel Fonticiella
    Data Fellow
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    Sam Harden
    Data Fellow
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    DeSean Lewis
    Data Fellow