Who We AreOur WorkExecutive SessionInnovations

Staff



Lucy Lang Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)887-6252

ShanaKay Salmon Project Associate, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)887-6195

Allison Goldberg Operations and Policy Associate, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)393-6816

Advisory Board


Co-Chairs


Cyrus Vance

District Attorney
New York County


Karol Mason

President
John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Board Members


Lenore Anderson

Executive Director
Californians for Safety and Justice


Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP


Paul Butler

Professor of Law
Georgetown Law


John Chisholm

District Attorney
Milwaukee, WI


Mai Fernandez

Executive Director
National Center for Victims of Crime


George Gascon

District Attorney
San Francisco, CA


Nancy Gertner

Senior Lecturer
Harvard Law School


Mike Green

Executive Deputy Commissioner
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services


Jackie Lacey

District Attorney
Los Angeles, CA


Anne Milgram

Distinguished Scholar in Residence
New York University School of Law


AC Roper

Chief of Police
Birmingham, AL


Katherine Fernandez Rundle

State Attorney
Miami Dade, FL


Kim Foxx

State’s Attorney
Cook County, IL


Dan Satterberg

Prosecuting Attorney
King County, WA


Carter Stewart

Managing Director
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation


Ronald Wright

Professor of Criminal Law
Wake Forest University School of Law

Lucy Lang

Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)887-6252

Lucy Lang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecutions. Previously, she was a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for 12 years, serving most recently as Special Counsel for Policy and Projects and Executive Director of the DA’s in-house think tank, the Manhattan DA Academy.  In addition to her breadth of experience as a prosecutor, which includes multi-year wiretapping investigations, complex gang and murder trials, and appellate practice, Lang has run Manhattan’s Intelligence Driven Prosecution Symposium and pioneered a first-of-its-kind college in prison class in which incarcerated students study criminal justice alongside prosecutors. 

Lang is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she serves on the Board of Managers, and Columbia Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law and serves as a Lecturer-in-Law.  Lang was named a 2015 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal, was a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

ShanaKay Salmon

Project Associate, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)887-6195

ShanaKay Salmon is a Project Associate for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP). Ms. Salmon is responsible support day-to-day operations including scheduling, event planning, and public communication.

Prior to joining the IIP, Ms. Salmon worked as an Administrative Assistant and an Investigative Assistant with Advanced Investigation, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut. At Advanced Investigation, she was responsible for case intake and the creation of case files, conducting background searches, conducting surveillance with field investigators, and liaising with various police departments. 

Ms. Salmon holds a BA in Criminology with a concentration in International Affairs from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Victimology from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.   

Allison Goldberg

Operations and Policy Associate, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

(212)393-6816

Allison Goldberg is an Operations and Policy Associate for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP). Ms. Goldberg helps manage the day-to-day work of the IIP while offering strategic guidance on the IIP’s program offering. She also manages the research and development of policies and practices for the IIP.

Prior to joining the National Network, Ms. Goldberg served in The White House Domestic Policy Council's Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity during the Obama Administration, where she collaborated with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to advance criminal justice reform and civil rights. Ms. Goldberg previously worked with Liberty Hill Foundation, which funds community organizers advocating for economic justice, environmental justice and LGBTQ equality in Los Angeles County. She also worked with PFLAG National and Oxfam America.

Ms. Goldberg holds a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Masters in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

Cyrus Vance

District Attorney, New York County

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., was first inaugurated as the District Attorney of New York County on January 1, 2010. Over the following four years, Mr. Vance enhanced the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a national leader in criminal justice by expanding the offices expertise on an array of 21st century crimes, including identity theft, cybercrime,white-collar fraud, hate crimes, terrorism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and violent and gang-related crimes.


Upon taking office, Mr. Vance modernized the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized bureaus and units, including the Crime Strategies Unit, Forensic Science/Cold Case Unit,Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, Major Economic Crimes Bureau, Special Victims Bureau, Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, Hate Crimes Unit, and the Public Corruption Unit.


As District Attorney, Mr. Vance’s many achievements include the takedown of numerous violent street gangs, dismantling of several major domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, the first convictions of individuals on State terror charges in New York State Court, and the recovery of billions of dollars from international financial institutions that had been engaged in violating international sanctions for the benefit of countries like Iran, Libya, and Sudan.

Mr. Vance was reelected on November 5, 2013, and begins his second term with a strong record of significantly reducing crime in Manhattan.

In July 2011, Mr. Vance was elected by his peers to serve as President of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York for the 2012 term. Mr. Vance also serves as co-chair of the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing.


Mr. Vance was born and raised in Manhattan, and is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Karol Mason

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Over the course of her long career, John Jay College President Karol V. Mason has been a legal pioneer and an exceptional voice for equality, fairness, and criminal justice reform. She was a leader in the Obama Administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform and re-entry for individuals leaving prison, and in her distinguished career at Alston & Bird LLP, she was the first African American woman elected as chair of the management committee at any major national firm.

 

As United States Assistant Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Mason oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion to support an array of state and local criminal justice agencies, juvenile justice programs, and services for crime victims, and oversaw the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, among a wide range of other efforts.  She led the Department of Justice’s work to address the issue of community trust in the justice system through a variety of programs including the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a partnership with John Jay College and other academic institutions across the country designed to address lack of trust in the criminal justice system. 

Previously, Mason served as Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2009 to 2012.  She led the Office of Justice Programs from June 2013 to January 2017 after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Mason spent almost three decades at Alston & Bird, LLP, where she chaired the Public Finance Group. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina from 2001 to 2009 and Vice Chair of that Board from 2007 to 2009. Mason received an A.B. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. 

Lenore Anderson

Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice

Lenore is the founder and President of Alliance for Safety and Justice, and founder and Executive Director of Californians for Safety and Justice. She is an attorney with extensive experience working to improve our criminal justice system. She is a regular commentator in the media about challenges within our prison and justice system and new approaches to smart justice. Lenore was the Campaign Chair and co-author of Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative passed by voters in November 2014 to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to mental health, drug treatment, K-12 programs and victim services. The initiative represents the first time in the nation voters have elected to reclassify multiple sections of the penal code to reduce incarceration and reallocate prison spending to communities. Previously, Lenore served as Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. She also crafted local and state legislation to aid victims of domestic violence, protect violent crime witnesses, reduce elementary school truancy and reduce recidivism. Lenore also previously served as Director of Public Safety for the Oakland Mayor, overseeing the Mayor’s violence-reduction and police recruitment initiatives, and as Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. There she oversaw $10 million in violence-prevention grants, advised the Mayor on public safety matters, and launched a citywide gun buy-back program, Community Policing Task Force and Juvenile Justice Task Force. Lenore serves on the Advisory Board of the Innovations in Prosecution initiative of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a cofounder and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative to reduce the health impacts of toxic stress on urban youth. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Roy L. Austin, Jr. joined the D.C. law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP as a partner in 2017. Mr. Austin began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases around the country. In 2002, he joined the D.C. U.S. Attor- ney’s Office where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases. In 2009, Mr. Austin returned to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office as Co- ordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. In January 2010, Mr. Austin was appointed Deputy Assis- tant Attorney General (DAAG), Civil Rights Division where he supervised the Criminal Section, and the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement (police departments, corrections and juvenile justice) portfolio. Among numerous other matters, Mr. Austin worked on cases involving the New Orleans Police Department, Missoula law enforcement and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In March 2014, Mr. Austin joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Mr. Austin co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative, worked on expanding reentry assistance and was a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. He has served as an adjunct trial advocacy professor at George Washington University Law School and the Washington College of Law. Mr. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.

Paul Butler

Professor of Law , Georgetown Law

Paul Butler is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  He teaches in the areas of criminal law and race and the law. Professor Butler’s scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles).  He has been awarded the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class. 

Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Butler also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases.

Professor Butler is a cum laude graduate of Yale, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. 

John Chisholm

District Attorney , Milwaukee, WI

John T. Chisholm is the District Attorney of Milwaukee County. As District Attorney, Mr. Chisholm organizes his office to work closely with neighborhoods through his nationally recognized Community Prosecution program. He designed a Child Protection Advocacy Unit to better serve child victims, formed a Public Integrity Unit to focus on public corruption matters and a Witness Protection Unit to thwart attempts to intimidate victims and witnesses of crime. 

Mr. Chisholm is an Army Veteran and worked with the Veterans’ Administration and collaborative partners to establish resources for veterans who encounter the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County, resulting in the opening of the Veterans Treatment Initiative and Treatment Court. 

Mr. Chisholm is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Mai Fernandez

Executive Director , National Center for Victims of Crime

Mai Fernandez is executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a position she has held since June 2010. With a distinguished 30-year career in the criminal justice, nonprofit, and policy arenas, Ms. Fernandez brings extensive national, state, and local leadership experience in victim-related work. 

Previously, Ms. Fernandez served as Assistant District Attorney for New York County, helping victims navigate the criminal justice system and pleading their cases before the court. She also developed policy for victims of domestic and youth violence at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and served as a Congressional aide to U.S. Representatives Mickey Leland and Jim Florio.

Ms. Fernandez received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, law degree from American University, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's JFK School of Government.

George Gascon

District Attorney , San Francisco, CA

George Gascón is the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. He has launched the nation’s first Alternative Sentencing Program, California’s first Crime Strategies Unit, and the state’s first Neighborhood Courts Program.

In his more than 30-year career in law enforcement, Mr. Gascón rose through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department from patrol officer all the way to Deputy Chief. He has also served in the U.S. Army, as Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, and as Chief of Police in San Francisco.  

Mr. Gascón received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach, and his law degree from Western State University, College of Law.

Nancy Gertner

Senior Lecturer , Harvard Law School

Judge Nancy Gertner is a former editor on The Yale Law Journal, and has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. Appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Clinton, she later received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, only the second woman to receive it (Justice Ginsburg was the first).

She has received numerous additional accolades including, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Hennessey award for judicial excellence, an honorary degree from Brandeis University, the Arabella Babb Mansfield award, the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement from the American Bar Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession, among others. 

Ms. Gertner received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, and both her masters in Political Science and law degree at Yale University. 

Mike Green

Executive Deputy Commissioner , New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

In March of 2012 Governor Cuomo appointed Mike Green to the position of Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. From this post Green leads the agency responsible for many key parts of the criminal justice system in New York, including the State’s DNA database, Criminal History Repository and Sex Offender Registry. 

Prior to joining DCJS, Green served for 25 years in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, including eight years as the elected District Attorney.  Mr. Green was named 2009Prosecutor of the Year by the New York Prosecutors Training Institute.  In 2011 the DistrictAttorney’s Association of the State of New York awarded District Attorney Green theirDistinguished Service Award and in 2012 he received the prestigious Hogan award from theassociation recognizing a “lifetime of distinguished and honorable service.”  

Jackie Lacey

District Attorney , Los Angeles, CA

Jackie Lacey is the District Attorney for Los Angeles, California. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve in that role since the office was created in 1850. Ms. Lacey supervises roughly 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators and 800 support staff employees. She has overseen the development of several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives within the office and was key in the creation of alternative sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders. These include the Los Angeles County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women’s Reentry Court, and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lacey joined the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district attorney, prosecuting hundreds of serious criminal cases, and worked her way through the ranks as a front-line prosecutor. Ms. Lacey won national attention, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Justice, for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder. 

Ms. Lacey received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine, and her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School.

Anne Milgram

Distinguished Scholar in Residence , New York University School of Law

Anne Milgram is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law. Previously she served as the Vice President of Criminal Justice with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she led the creation, development and national implementation of a pretrial risk assessment tool that assists judges and prosecutors in determining which criminal defendants should be detained prior to trial and which can be safely released. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Milgram served as New Jersey’s Attorney General where she headed the 9,000-person Department of Law and Public Safety where she spearheaded a program to prevent crime and enhance public safety by implementing innovative criminal justice approaches and establishing services to aid with re-entry. 

Ms. Milgram received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, her masters of philosophy in social and political theory from the University of Cambridge, and her law degree from New York University School of Law.

AC Roper

Chief of Police, Birmingham, AL

In 2007, AC Roper was appointed as Birmingham's thirty-third Chief of Police, commanding the largest municipal police department in the state with over 1,100 full time employees. He has received specialized police management and leadership training from the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Course. 

Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and is a member of the FBI National Academy Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and numerous other professional and community organizations. He also serves on the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee; the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee and is President of the Jefferson County Chiefs of Police Association. 

Chief Roper has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. 

Katherine Fernandez Rundle

State Attorney , Miami Dade, FL

Katherine Fernandez Rundle is Miami-Dade County’s and Florida’s first Cuban-American State Attorney, having been re-elected six times since 1993. Ms. Rundle is considered a pioneer for her many accomplishments, including Florida’s first domestic violence unit, misdemeanor domestic violence court, Dade's nationally recognized "Drug Court" program, Human Trafficking Initiative, protecting the rights of children with her strict child support enforcement program, and bringing to the community services and crime prevention assistance via her Community Outreach Division. 

Ms. Rundle is a dedicated civil servant, previously serving as the Assistant State Attorney and Chief Assistant. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, most recently the 2012 Prosecutor of the Year Award, the Human Trafficking Award from the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet; the Lawyer of the Year Award form Lawyers to the Rescue; and the William M. Hoeveler Ethics and Public Service Award from the Center for Ethics and Public Service.

Ms. Rundle received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and both her Masters degree in Criminology and law degree from the University of Cambridge Law School in England.

Kim Foxx

State’s Attorney, Cook County, IL

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is an accomplished leader, prosecutor, and advocate for children and families in Cook County. Born to a teenage mother who struggled to make ends meet, and raised on Chicago’s Near North Side by her mother and grandmother, Ms. Foxx’s life experience has given her a deep understanding of the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities. She began her career as a guardian ad litem with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office and then became an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, where she served for 12 years. Most recently, Ms. Foxx served as Chief of Staff for Cook County Board Presi- dent Toni Preckwinkle where she was the lead architect of the criminal justice reform agenda.

Dan Satterberg

Prosecuting Attorney , King County, WA

Dan Satterberg was first elected King County Prosecuting Attorney in November 2007 to succeed his longtime friend and mentor, the late Norm Maleng.Mr. Satterberg served as Chief of Staff for Mr. Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, including budget, human resources, technology, legislative and policy matters.

Mr. Satterberg is committed to the reform of the Criminal Justice system.  He has launched successful programs to keep youth in school, divert youth from the courtroom, deal with drug-addicted people in a more effective way, and give police additional tools for responding to low-level offenders with mental health issues. Mr. Satterberg also believes that we need to do more to help people leaving prison make the successful transition from offender to taxpayer, and he is committed to reducing recidivism among people leaving jail and prison. 

Mr. Satterberg graduated from both the University of Washington undergraduate school (Political Science and Journalism) and Law School.

Carter Stewart

Managing Director , Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Carter Stewart is the Managing Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Prior to that post, Mr. Stewart worked at the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as the presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. In this role, Stewart emphasized deterrence, crime prevention and alternatives to incarceration. He created the district’s first community outreach position and established a community leadership committee geared towards building trust and improving communication between the public and law enforcement.

He created the district’s first diversion program to allow individuals a means of avoiding a felony record while still being held accountable for their wrong-doing. Stewart took a leadership role at DOJ in addressing inequities in the criminal justice system through his work raising awareness about the school to prison pipeline and by chairing a working group of U.S. Attorneys focused on reducing racial disparities in the federal system. 

Mr. Stewart received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1997. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education Policy from Columbia University and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University. 

Ronald Wright

Professor of Criminal Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Ron Wright is the Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Wake Forest Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at numerous other law schools, including Stetson University, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Alabama, among others. He is the co-author of two casebooks in criminal procedure and sentencing; his research concentrates on the work of criminal prosecutors. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting antitrust and other white-collar criminal cases. 

Mr. Wright’s work has been widely covered in the media, and he has been sought for his expertise on sentencing and prosecution; recently, he commented on how prosecutors play an important role in police misconduct cases.

Mr. Wright received his undergraduate degree from William and Mary and his law degree from Yale University.