Deputy Director, Certificate Programs
Jill Adams joined CJJR in March 2014. In her current role as Deputy Director of Certificate Programs, she oversees the operation and expansion of CJJR's Certificate Programs, including the development of new topics and trainings highlighting research, effective policies and evidence-based practices in emerging areas of juvenile justice reform. Jill contributes to strategic development and field building in all aspects of the Center’s work, with a targeted focus on cross-systems reform and supporting Fellows to advance policy and practice change in jurisdictions across the country. Jill is also a consultant to all five New York City boroughs in the implementation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model and ongoing efforts to improve outcomes for the city’s child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth.
Prior to managing CJJR's Certificate Program Trainings, Jill served as Project Manager for the New York City Crossover Youth Practice Model where she played a key role in the development of citywide protocols and information-sharing agreements promoting cross system collaboration on behalf of crossover youth. She is also a Fellow of CJJR’s 2013 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program and helped develop a Capstone Proposal targeting alternatives to suspension and early intervention for middle school youth in Brooklyn. Before working with CJJR, Jill led the creation and facilitation of legal trainings in the areas of employment, transportation, financial services and insurance law at a large New York based CLE company.
Jill received her J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law where she graduated cum laude and served as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic, a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow and a summer clerk on the Juvenile Delinquency Docket of the DC Superior Court. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware.