Alex’s work at the Vera Institute is aimed at ending mass incarceration and eliminating the correctional model of youth justice, with an eye towards race equity and community partnership. At Vera, Alex is leading the Center on Youth Justice’s (CYJ) work on young adult justice within the juvenile and adult justice systems on both a national and state level.
This includes working with the Connecticut Department of Corrections on the design and implementation of a new practice model for working with young adults ages 18 – 25 who are incarcerated in CT. Alex is also working with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice on implementing a comprehensive reentry reform agenda where youth, family and community partnership lives as a central organizing principle.
Prior to working at Vera, Alex worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in their Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, where she developed and managed their national strategy for partnering with young people currently and formerly involved in the juvenile justice system. She also provided technical assistance to state and local juvenile justice systems on efforts aimed at eliminating the unnecessary use of out-of-home placement and secure confinement. Alex’s work at the New York City Department of Probation, at the Suffolk County Jail in Boston, as well as her personal experience with the justice system shaped her interests in justice reform which lay at the intersection of racial justice, equity, and youth, community, and family partnership. Alex holds a Masters in Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University.