Naomi Smoot Evans, J.D.
Executive Director

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. 

Ridha Kapoor
Policy and Field Relations Associate

Ridha has spent four years working with youth inside a facility in Southern California, where she aided in completing middle and high school coursework, as well as led workshops in creative writing, music, and more. Ridha’s areas of expertise focus on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through race and ethnic studies, public policy, education work, and community organizing. Ridha’s participation in grassroots and community organizing efforts led her to tackle many issues and their intersections, with racial justice and youth being the root focus. Ridha currently serves as the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Policy and Field Relations Associate. With Ridha’s work having taken place throughout San Bernardino County, working with CJJ allows her to gain different perspectives and link youth legal system work to federal policy in D.C. itself, as well as nationally. Ridha hopes to use this work to reform and create spaces where marginalized youth not only feel safe, but empowered.

Jasmine (Jazz) Murray
Communications and Administrative Assistant

Jasmine (Jazz) Murray hails from the Bronx, New York but currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Coming from a background in non-profit work, Jazz enjoys creating positive impacts in under-resourced communities. In her previous work, she supported youth development through physical education. Her interests lie in digital media and the arts. She is excited to be a part of the CJJ team!

Aide (I-th-eh) Sam Moore
Youth Partnership & Training Associate

Aide has a passion for serving youth and driving juvenile justice reform. Her lived experiences within the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections fuels her passion to create more opportunities for youth in order to end the prison pipeline system. She has worked with the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission since her release from IDOC in 2017 and has been a key voice for facilitating change throughout Idaho's Juvenile Justice System.  Some projects that she has actively worked on revolve around partnerships with the College of Western Idaho in order to provide employment and educational supplies for youth releasing from IDOC custody and working with students to write fabulous articles on a wide range of issues from setting healthy boundaries to basic life skills. She is excited to join the team and work with youth throughout the country.  

Lisa Pilnik
Senior Advisor

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.