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. 

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.

Laura Armstrong
Policy and Field Relations Senior Associate

Laura assists with CJJ's projects and policy initiatives, including CJJ's work to improve youth collaboration within the juvenile justice field.  Laura staffs CJJ’s Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC), supports coalition members through outreach and dissemination of information about new and emerging issues in the field, and assists with the coordination of training and technical assistance through webinars and conferences. She previously worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC, where she collaborated with system-involved youth and college students in order to create a life-skills mentoring program. Laura holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado.

LaToria Sheppard, DWD
Administrative and Communication Assistant 

Latoria is the Administrative and Communication Assistant for CJJ. With over 10 years working with our youth in and around the justice system, she is skilled and knowledgeable in areas of child development and public relations. Overseeing our social media sites and corresponding with our various members across the country, Latoria exemplifies interpersonal and organizational leadership. Latoria has previously worked as the Communication Liaison for Palmetto Behavioral Health and collaborated with colleges and universities to enhance prevention awareness strategies, methods, and techniques.