Naoka Carey, Executive Director

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Naoka joined CfJJ in September 2011 as its Senior Policy Associate, and became its Executive Director in July 2013. Prior to her work at CfJJ, Naoka worked as the coordinator of the Massachusetts Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth at the Youth Advocacy Division at CPCS. She has worked in private practice as a civil litigator, and at a number of organizations serving youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, including the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. and the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York. She has also worked as a youth organizer and trainer in Seattle and Boston. Naoka is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law, where she represented youth in the juvenile justice system as part of the Juvenile Rights Clinic. Prior to attending law school, she received a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard, focusing on adolescent risk and prevention.

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Alex DanescoDevelopment Director

Alex joined CfJJ in November 2017. His work has included direct service, program management, board management, capacity building and resource development at three community based, youth serving organizations in Boston. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from Boston College in 1997, he worked for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Brighton, where he served as Associate Executive Director. In this role he managed all operations of the organization’s positive youth development programming, through six core areas as developed by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He then served as Executive Director of the Commonwealth Tenants Association expanding services to the youth and families of the Commonwealth Housing Development. Since 2012, he served as Development and Program Director and at MissionSAFE, a Roxbury based, teen-serving organization, where he focused on corporate and individual philanthropy, and program management. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

Sana Fadel, Deputy Director

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Sana joined CfJJ in December 2014. Prior to joining CfJJ, Sana was the Director of Public Policy at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston. She was the lead organizer of the statewide advocacy campaigns on access to substance abuse treatment, strengthening families involved with the child welfare system, and most recently, improving service for customers applying for and receiving public benefits. She was responsible for advocating at the state-level on issues affecting Rosie’s Place guests as well as empowering them through voter mobilization and advocacy trainings. Sana holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, New York and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Augusta State University, Georgia.

Jennifer Feeley Hyzer, Interim Operations Director

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Jenn joined CfJJ in December 2017 and brings a wealth of experience working with non-profit and for-profit entities to improve operational processes, to develop procedures and compliance programs, and to navigate statutory requirements.  A graduate of Cornell University, Jenn earned a J.D. from Vermont Law School. She began her career as a corporate attorney helping clients set up non-profit corporations and achieve 501 c 3 status.  She also worked for 8 years at State Street Bank and Boston Beer Corporation as internal counsel focusing on legal, compliance, HR, and procurement projects.  For the past five years, Jenn has been advising non-profit Board members and school staff on general corporate and human resource based legal matters, confidentiality/privacy, and conflicts of interest.

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Kate Lowenstein, Multisystem Youth Project Director

Kate joined CfJJ in December 2014. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kate earned a joint J.D/M.S.W from the Catholic University of America. She began her career as part of a team implementing a court-ordered mandate to reform the juvenile justice system in Washington, D.C. She then spent time working in the abuse and neglect system in Washington, D.C, before moving into the field of international human rights and victim rights. For the last 13 years she was co-director of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights where she had extensive experience organizing and advocating for victims and murder victims' family members. She co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of victims' family members to the Supreme Court in the high-profile case Roper v. Simmons.

Hannah Legerton, Emerging Adult Justice Project Coordinator

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Hannah joined CfJJ in February of 2016. Hannah's work has focused on advancing positive youth development, maternal and child public health, and building cross-sector collaboration for collective impact. After studying political science at Davidson College, Hannah worked for seven years in educational and therapeutic youth-serving organizations. Working in an alternative sentencing program with youth who had been incarcerated solidified her interest in trauma-responsive adolescent development and criminal justice system reform. Hannah earned dual Masters of Social Work and Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Her graduate research focused on social determinants of maternal and child health and the impact of the criminal justice system on individual, family, and community health. Just prior to joining CFJJ, Hannah coordinated community health programming for Boston Children's Hospital with eleven community health centers across Boston. 

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Lee Nave, Diversion Project Coordinator

Lee joined CfJJ in June 2015. He began his nonprofit career during his junior year of high school almost a decade ago in St. Louis, MO, where he worked with inner-city youth to develop leadership and team building skills at Urban Future. Before joining CfJJ, Lee was the Co-Founder and Director of Development and Operations at Student Voice. With Student Voice, he led the creation of an all student run organization that advocated for students to have a say in their own educational future. Lee's work with Student Voice led to major partnerships with corporations and foundations such as Microsoft, The Hewlett Foundation, and Dell. He has spoken on panels for Cengage Learning, Dell, NBC Education Nation, and SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, advocating for student rights. Lee holds a dual Masters in Public Administration and Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor's Degree in History and Communications Arts from Ottawa University (Kansas).

Lena Shapiro, Development/Program Assistant

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Lena Shapiro joined Citizens for Juvenile Justice in October of 2017. She is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied political science and wrote her senior thesis on restorative justice programs in the Boston Public Schools. Prior to graduating, Lena worked in the Trauma Advocacy department at Equal Justice USA, where she researched trauma-informed practices in schools, courts, and police departments. She is a trained restorative justice circle keeper and has been a volunteer with Fenway Health in Roxbury.