Staff

Amy Bach
Amy Bach
Executive Director and President
Samantha J. Silver
Samantha J. Silver
Director of Operations
Gipsy Escobar
Gipsy Escobar
Director of Research & Analytics
Fiona Maazel
Fiona Maazel
Director of Communications
Andrew Branch
Andrew Branch
Director of Technology & Product
Caroline Nobo Sarnoff
Caroline Nobo Sarnoff
Assistant Director of Data Outreach
James Avery
James Avery
Assistant Director of Technology & Product
Robert Hutchison
Robert Hutchison
Senior Research Fellow
Sema Taheri
Sema Taheri
Senior Research Fellow
Lori Szalay
Lori Szalay
Office Manager
Lauren McQueen Pearce
Lauren McQueen Pearce
Data Outreach Manager
Jennie Brooks
Jennie Brooks
Data Outreach Manager
Megan Sasaki
Megan Sasaki
Data Outreach Associate
Amanda Valtierra
Amanda Valtierra
Data Outreach Associate
Shelby Davis
Shelby Davis
Data Outreach Consultant
David Kilmer
David Kilmer
Lead Developer/Architect
Joe Hale
Joe Hale
Senior Developer
Stephen Byrne
Stephen Byrne
Senior Developer/System Administrator
Charles Teese
Charles Teese
System Administrator
Hillary Livingston
Hillary Livingston
Senior Research Associate
Keturah Bixby
Keturah Bixby
Senior Data Scientist
John Jenkins
John Jenkins
Research Associate
Elise Morrison
Elise Morrison
Research Associate
Raelynn Walker
Raelynn Walker
Research Associate
Laura Mutis
Laura Mutis
Research Associate
Jalon Howard
Jalon Howard
Data Assessment Specialist
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
Research Assistant
Nathan Hawke
Nathan Hawke
Research Assistant

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:

Amy Bach
Amy Bach
Measures for Justice
Rosemary Barkett
Rosemary Barkett
Iran-United States
Claims Tribunal
Richard J. Morello
Richard J. Morello
Family Reach Foundation and Aptus Health
Edwin G. Schallert
Edwin G. Schallert
Debevoise & Plimpton
Partner
David Shipley
David Shipley
Bloomberg View
Carter Stewart
Carter Stewart
Draper Richards Kaplan

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 Research & Analytics, 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
Director of Research, Vera Institute of Justice, New York
Don Stemen
Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and a member of the Graduate Faculty at 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, San Francisco and Washington, DC
Ellen Miller
Cofounder, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, DC
Richard J. Morello, Treasurer
Family Reach Foundation and Plasma Surgical