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.
Ryan joined Vera in 2009. She works with corrections departments, juvenile justice agencies, and faith- and community-based organizations to support them in adopting family-focused and strength-based approaches to their work. Ryan led the FYI project to develop standards for juvenile justice agencies on family engagement as well as Vera’s work with Ohio’s Department of Youth Services. Before joining Vera’s Family Justice Program, she was a project director at Family Justice, where she helped develop tools that allow staff at juvenile justice agencies and community-based organizations to learn about the social support of youth and their families. Ryan holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland where she also received her MA. Ryan holds a BA from the University of Connecticut.