“Governments and communities who have the vision, the will and the commitment of stakeholders inside and outside the system, together with organizational improvements and the use of a data-driven process will lead the way to positive and institutionalized juvenile justice system transformation.”
Lisa Macaluso’s career is dedicated to assisting state and local governments in their juvenile justice system transformation efforts. Her focus is on data-driven policy and practice change to achieve equity, improve outcomes and to successfully bring system reforms to scale.
Lisa has worked for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission as the Director of Local Programs and Services where she led the reform of New Jersey’s juvenile justice system. During this time, Lisa was the architect of the first successful methodology for bringing JDAI to scale. She also served as a Founding Co-chair of the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement, in partnership with the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts. This effort led to closure of nine secure detention facilities.
In her position as the Deputy Director of Crime Prevention in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Lisa played a significant role in writing the juvenile justice piece of Governor Corzine’s Public Safety Plan. In this job, Lisa helped expand YouthBuild programs statewide, developed Municipal Planning Boards to prevent delinquency, worked with America’s Promise to increase graduation rates and to reduce truancy in low functioning school districts and led the replication of the Harlem Children’s Zone model in three New Jersey cities.
Lisa serves as the Senior Juvenile Justice Policy Advisor for the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC. In addition to this role, Lisa also continues her work on juvenile justice system improvement and race equity on behalf of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. This collaborative work focuses on JDAI, Deep End Reform and Probation Transformation. Lisa also provides specialized technical assistance to bring JDAI and other juvenile justice reform efforts to scale nationally.
Lisa holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Stockton University and a MA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Casey Foundation’s Applied Leadership Network. Lisa enjoys teaching and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and West Chester University. Lisa and her husband Dave are adoptive and foster parents. She currently serves on the board of Embrella, and co-chairs their Policy Committee.