Jacquelyn Greene is a Program Area Director at Policy Research Associates, focused on technical assistance and policy reform efforts to support systems improvements for vulnerable youth. She oversees efforts focused on addressing the trauma needs of youth across child-serving systems, breaking the cycle of school referrals to the juvenile justice system for youth with behavioral health needs, and preventing youth homelessness.

Prior to joining PRA, Ms. Greene served as the Executive Director of Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice as well as the Director of Juvenile Justice Policy at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and Counsel to New York State’s Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. Her work focused on planning and implementing major juvenile justice systems reforms, including raising the age of criminal responsibility, improving diversion for youth with behavioral health needs at probation and in school-based settings, reducing unnecessary use of detention and placement, implementing best practice models for residential care, strengthening systems to support reentry, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, structuring funding streams to support the appropriate use of community-based interventions, and addressing the needs of children with incarcerated parents.

Ms. Greene previously served as Assistant Deputy Counsel at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, where she developed and drafted child welfare, juvenile justice, and child care legislative proposals and coordinated several interagency initiatives. She also served as an Assistant Counsel to the New York State Assembly and she directly represented young people in court proceedings, first as a Skadden Fellow running a legal services program for homeless and runaway youth at Covenant House, New Jersey, and then as an attorney for children on the Albany County Law Guardian Panel. Ms. Greene received her J.D. in June of 1998 from Harvard Law School and a BA in Psychology and Political Science in 1994 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She remains a devoted Tar Heel.