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.
Margaret works with corrections departments, juvenile justice agencies, and faith- and community-based organizations to support them in adopting family-focused and strength-based approaches. Before starting the Family Justice Program at Vera, Margaret was the director of training and technical assistance at Family Justice where she worked for three years. While at Family Justice, she led the development of the Relational Inquiry Tool as well as ongoing work with the Michigan Department of Corrections and California’s Division of Juvenile Justice. Prior to Family Justice, Margaret provided technical assistance to affordable housing developers and police as a program officer at LISC’s Community Safety Initiative. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.