Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
Jon directs Vera’s New Orleans criminal justice reform work. This involves facilitating an alliance of criminal justice agency leaders working to make the system fairer and more effective, and providing information to local community and civic organizations. Jon helped open the New Orleans office in the spring of 2008, having begun at Vera in 2002 with efforts to improve public defense systems and serving as senior counsel to the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, among other roles. Prior to joining Vera, Jon was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan and law clerk to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He received his JD from Yale Law School and a BA from New York University. Before law school, Jon was a carpenter.