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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. Alexandra Dvoriantchikova, Office Coordinator

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Alexandra joined JPO in December 2016. Prior to becoming part of the team, she worked as a Special Assistant at University of Arizona Office of Federal Relations in Arlington, VA. For years before that, Alexandra lived and worked in Miami, Florida, d… More

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  5. 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

  6. Karen Lash, Part Time Staff

    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 Interim Director 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 training and … More

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    (202) 885-2875

  8. Kelsey Murphy, Administrative Assistant


    Kelsey Murphy graduated from Catholic University in 2015 with a B.A. in Drama, Honors in Humanities and was a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. She has previously worked as Production Coordinator, Social Media Manager and … More

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    (202) 885-2875

  9. 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

  10. 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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  11. Kierra Zoellick, Research Specialist II


    Kierra Zoellick graduated from American University's School of International Service with a Master's in International Development in 2014. She also earned a Bachelor's degree in both Political Science and American Studies from the University of Iowa … More

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    (202) 885-2875


  1. Jason Zubata

    Jason Zubata is a rising 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 a… More

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  2. 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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  3. 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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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