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Justice Programs Office

  1. Kim Ball, Research Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

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  2. Genevieve Citrin, Research Specialist III


    Genevieve Citrin graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with her Master's in Public Policy in 2015. Prior to attending the Ford School, she worked as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the Distr… More

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    (202) 885-2875

  3. Steven Collins, Research Specialist III


    Steven Collins is a Senior Program Associate at American University’s Justice Programs Office. He currently manages the office’s National Drug Court Resource Center project and previously worked on the Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance project. P… More

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    (202) 885-1582

  4. Anna Koozmin, Research Specialist I

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Anna Koozmin graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with a B.S. in Community Health. During her undergraduate career, Anna was an intern at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). While at CESAR, she worked on the Ma… More

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    (202) 885-2875

  5. Elizabeth Krempley, Associate Director, Communications

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Elizabeth Krempley is the Associate Director, Communications for the Justice Programs Office (JPO) in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She came to JPO from the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit leadership association of 800+ gra… More

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  6. Karen Lash, .

    Karen A. Lash is currently Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of The Justice in Government Project at the American University Justice Programs Office. She formerly served as a President Obama political appointee in leadership positions with the O… More

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  7. Preeti Menon, Senior Research Associate / Project Coordinator


    Preeti P. Menon is the Associate Director of Programs at the Justice Programs Office. She has extensive experience in justice system policy development and criminal justice program operations as well as project management. Ms. Menon has also provided… More

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    (202) 885-2875

  8. Zoe Root, Senior Policy Advisor


    Zoë joined JPO after five years as a Supervising Attorney and Staff Attorney at the Bronx Defenders. During her time as a public defender, she represented clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges, trained and supervised first-year attorneys, and… More

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    (202) 885-1576

  9. Tracy Velazquez, Associate Director

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Tracy Velázquez received her A.B. from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from Montana State University. She has significant experience in criminal justice reform, having served in various roles at the Vera Institute of Justice,… More

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  10. Kierra Zoellick, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer


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    (202) 885-2875


  1. Alison Forsyth

    Alison Forsyth is a senior at American University’s School of International Service where she studies Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights with a regional focus in Latin America. Alison is also pursuing a minor in Spanish Language and Culture with a cer… More

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  2. Anabel Reyes-Ovalles

  3. Cameron Korver

  4. Felipe Herrera

    Felipe Herrera is a junior in the School of International Service where he is studying peace, global security, and conflict resolution with a regional focus on Latin America. His research has primarily focused on US foreign policy towards Cuba, justi… More

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  5. Jason Zubata

    Jason Zubata is a junior studying Justice and Law at American University's School of Public Affairs, as well as Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has worked with multiple criminal defense attorney… More

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  6. Loralys McDaniel

    Loralys McDaniel is a second-year Law & Society MS student in American University's Justice, Law, and Criminology program within the School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on wrongful convictions, prosecutorial decision-making, indigent defen… More

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  7. Madeline Ridgway

    Madeline Ridgway graduated from American University with a B.A. in Justice & Law, a minor in Spanish Language, and a certificate in Spanish Translation in December 2016. She is continuing her studies at American University as a part of Justice Law, a… More

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  8. Natine MacAuley

    Natine Macauley is a sophomore in the School of International Service majoring in International Studies. She is studying Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she is pursuing a degree in Africa… More

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Every week we will post a profile of a different member of our team. Check back often for updates.

Kim Ball
Genevieve Citrin
Steve Collins 
Alex Dvoriantchikova
Anna Koozmin
Preeti Menon
Kelsey Murphy
Zoë Root
Blaine Stum
Tracy Velázquez
Kierra Zoellick



Check back often for profiles of our consultants! 

Lars Levy
Dr. Roger Peters


JPO employs students to help us with our work. Check back here to meet them!

Jessica Cianci
Jenna Forster