Annie Salsich joined Vera in February 2003 as a project analyst for Affirm, a school safety demonstration project in New York City. Currently director of Vera’s Center on Youth Justice, she provides technical assistance and support to numerous jurisdictions across the United States, helping government officials develop, implement, and sustain safe and effective ways to reduce reliance on incarceration, decrease local and state expenditures, and ensure substantively sound outcomes for young people and their families in the community. In particular, Annie oversees projects that: (1) help localities prevent juvenile justice involvement for status offenders—children who have not committed a crime, but are chronically misbehaving by missing school, running away, or simply acting out to such a degree that their parents are at a loss for how to control them; (2) provide strategic planning support to officials interested in improving their juvenile detention and correctional systems; and (3) support officials in collecting and actively using data to guide meaningful reform efforts. Annie is co-author of Widening the Lens: A Panoramic View of Juvenile Justice in New York State and Juvenile Detention Reform in New York City: Measuring Risk through Research, among other reports. She received a BA from Vassar College and a MSW from Hunter College. Prior to joining Vera, Annie was a program director of a Boys and Girls Club in Southeastern Connecticut; a case manager for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Providence, Rhode Island; and a teacher in Oaxaca, Mexico.