Staff

Naomi Smoot, J.D.
Executive Director, ext. 113
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Naomi oversees member relations and development, fundraising and grant management, and CJJ's initiatives in government relations, leadership development, juvenile justice reform, communications, and training and technical assistance. During her tenure at CJJ Naomi has spearheaded the organization's federal policy work and served as co-chair of the Act4JJ Coalition. She has assisted State Advisory Groups in their pursuit to build their capacity as change agents, and worked with youth members in an attempt to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they work. Prior to CJJ, Naomi represented young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia in juvenile court proceedings and special education matters. Before attending law school Naomi worked as a print journalist for nearly a decade, amassing nearly a dozen awards for her news coverage. She received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and her B.S. from Christopher Newport University. 

Lisa Pilnik
Senior Advisor
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Lisa is a consultant to CJJ, helping lead reform efforts around homeless youth involved in the juvenile justice system, status offenses, and other juvenile justice issues. She has authored dozens of publications on child and family issues, and was one of the lead drafters of CJJ's “National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses.” She is also the co-founder of Child & Family Policy Associates, a small consulting firm focused on juvenile justice, child and adolescent health, and child welfare issues. Previously she worked for the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Arent Fox LLP. Lisa received her J.D. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from George Washington University.

Hannah Critchfield
Policy and Field Relations Associate, ext. 122
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Hannah assists with CJJ's projects and policy initiatives, including CJJ's work to improve police and youth relations. Hannah is passionate about using research-based policy to ensure children receive developmentally-appropriate care and the rehabilitative services they need to thrive in all situations. She supports CJJ's members through outreach and dissemination of information about new and emerging issues in the field. She leads CJJ's work to improve youth collaboration, and also assists with coordination of training and technical assistance through webinars and conferences.  She has previously worked for the National Women's Law Center and Sojourners, where she covered stories at the intersection of gender, policy, and religion. Hannah holds a B.A. in Psychology and International Conflict Transformation from North Park University.

Gabriella Nixdorf
Administrative and Project Assistant, ext. 102
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Gabriella carries out CJJ's administrative and clerical duties. She assists with the publication of the monthly Juvenile Justice Monitor and CJJ's Annual Conference. She is extremely passionate about working to create an intersection between juvenile rehabilitation and the arts. Gabriella is pursuing a  B.F.A in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre at George Mason University.