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Staff

Marcy Mistrett

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 1607 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marcy Mistrett

Marcy Mistrett has been the CEO at the Campaign for Youth Justice since 2014. The Campaign for Youth Justice advocates to end youth being charged, sentenced and incarcerated as adults.  In the decade since the organization opened, more than 35 states have changed their laws making it more difficult to treat children as adults by launching campaigns that are anchored in the experiences of the youth and families most impacted by these harmful policies.

Trained in social work, Marcy began her career working in community-based legal aid with court-involved youth.  She worked as part of the legal team capturing psycho-social histories and contributing to mitigation reports for youth, particularly youth tried as adults.  After 7 years in direct service, Marcy worked at a national funding collaborative, the Institute for Community Peace, focused on developing community-based responses to violence prevention. As the Director of Training and Evaluation, Marcy trained grantees on effective coalition building, promising practices in violence prevention, resident engagement, structural racism, and sustainability strategies.  Marcy also oversaw $2 million in evaluation grants to measure the collective impact of the community-driven initiatives.

Aprill O. Turner

Director of Communications & Media Relations, ext. 1604 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aprill O. Turner

Aprill is a public relations professional with more than fifteen years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients, as well as elected officials, in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, branding, and public affairs.

At CFYJ, Aprill leads media strategy to elevate the issue of prosecuting youth in adult
criminal court, ensuring that the voices of those affected by the issue are front and center in the national media and in key media outlets in states.

Aprill oversees, CFYJ's National Spokespersons Bureau in which spokespeople share their perspectives through blogs, video, social media and in news outlets. CFYJ spokespeople have been featured in national and international media outlets, have presented at national and statewide conferences, and testified before state and federal policymakers.

Brian Evans

State Campaigns Director, ext. 1606 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brian Evans

As the State Campaigns Director, Brian leads the Campaign in supporting state advocacy efforts and providing technical assistance to states. He works closely in partnership with state-based organizing groups seeking to change juvenile justice policy for the better.  Prior to joining CFYJ, Brian worked for 6 years assisting numerous state-based advocacy groups as the Campaigner and Director of Amnesty International USA’s Death Penalty Abolition Campaign.  A seasoned criminal justice and human rights advocate, Brian received a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, and from 1997 to 2007 served as a Middle East Country Specialist for AIUSA while also organizing grass-roots efforts to challenge capital punishment in Texas.

Jeree Thomas

Policy Director, ext. 1603 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jeree Thomas

Thomas joins CFYJ from the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia. She started her legal career with JustChildren in 2011 as a Skadden Fellow representing incarcerated youth experiencing education and re-entry issues.

Thomas received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary in Social Justice & Community Advocacy, where she received the President’s Award for Service to the Community, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where she was one of five students selected for the first class of the Law and Public Service Program. She was also inducted into the Raven Society and received the James C. Slaughter Honor Award presented to an outstanding member of the graduating class.

Rachel Kenderdine

Operations and Development Manager, ext. 1601 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Kenderdine

As the Operations and Development Manager at CFYJ, Rachel manages both fundraising efforts and the day-to-day operations of the organization. A 2016 graduate of George Mason University, Rachel studied anthropology and was actively involved in campus life, helping to establish a student organization called MasonU that provided early college awareness to D.C.-area youth. She is originally from Illinois.

Rachel Marshall

Federal Policy Counsel, ext. 1605 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Marshall

Rachel joins CFYJ after a year serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable Julie H. Becker at the D.C. Superior Court.  Prior to her clerkship, Rachel spent nearly five years at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, first as a Legislative Assistant, then as a Legislative Policy Associate.
 
Rachel received her B.S. from Ball State University in Political Science with a minor in History.  She received her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was the Publications Editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Rachel also participated in the UN Committee against Torture Project, assisting Committee Chairperson Claudio Grossman in researching and drafting legal memoranda concerning torture and human rights violations.

Harmeet Kamboj

Communications Associate, ext. 1554 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harmeet Kamboj

Harmeet joins CFYJ with several years of experience in nonprofit communications, corporate public relations, and digital media management. She most recently worked on the communications staff at the Public Religion Research Institute, facilitating and communicating research at the intersection of religion, race, and public policy. Harmeet holds a B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary with a minor in Religious Studies.

Alyssa Swearingen

Administrative Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Alyssa Swearingen

As the Administrative Assistant at CFYJ, Alyssa handles day-to-day logistics, scheduling, public inquiries, and event planning for the organization. She is preparing to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University, where she was also involved in the cheerleading team and the Latin Student Alliance. Alyssa is originally from California.

Tracey Tucker

Consultant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tracey Tucker

Over the past 20 years, Tracey has worked as a teacher and social worker. As a teacher, Tracey taught social studies and special education.  As a social worker, she has worked with various vulnerable populations at the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. Most recently, Tracey worked as the social worker in a pilot program for juvenile reentry at the Richland County Public Defender’s Office and as a Youth Justice Advocate with the ACLU of South Carolina. She continues to advocate for juvenile justice reform in South Carolina and was a 2015 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow with the National Juvenile Justice Network.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Social Work and J.D. from the University of South Carolina.