Staff

Naomi Smoot, Esq.
Executive Director, ext. 113
smoot@juvjustice.org

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 spearheaded the organization's federal policy work and served as co-chair of the Act4JJ Coalition. She 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 communties in which they work. Prior to CJJ, Naomi represented young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia in juvenile court proceeedings 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
pilnik@juvjustice.org

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 also helps develop and execute new and strategic projects. 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.

Jessica Russell Murphy
Director, Operations and Administration, ext. 102
murphy@juvjustice.org

Jessica is primarily responsible for the overall smooth operation of the CJJ office, including development of a sustainable and responsive infrastructure, financial oversight, and grants management. Member relations, communications, and the management of CJJ conferences, as well as additional meetings/events derived from special projects and grants, falls under her supervision. Prior to joining CJJ in 2010, Jessica worked for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital as a Program Specialist and later as the Annual Giving Specialist. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Kenyon College and a Master's Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.