As a program associate for the Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC), Kaitlin works primarily on the Safety and Justice Challenge, a nationwide campaign to reduce localities’ misuse of jails. Since joining Vera in 2012, she has been a part of a variety of projects including the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Kaitlin first gained experience working with justice-involved populations while in college as a volunteer mentor to court-involved youth in Connecticut. She later drew on this experience to write her thesis on the experiences of mothers of inmates. After graduation, she returned to her hometown in California to teach youth leadership classes and facilitate reentry support groups at a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara County. During this time, she founded and co-directed a local nonprofit reentry program for gang-involved youth. Before coming to Vera, she spent two years at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation's college access center in East New York, Brooklyn, where she designed and implemented programs to assist underserved young people in applying to college. She holds a BA with honors in anthropology from Wesleyan University.