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.

Devin Fagan
Project and Policy Assistant
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Devin is a passionate advocate for youth justice. He assists with CJJ's projects and policy initiatives, including CJJ's work to improve police and youth relations. He supports CJJ's members through outreach and dissemination of information about new and emerging issues in the field. He leads CJJ's work to imporve youth collaboration, and also assists with coordination of training and technical assistance through webinars and conferences. Prior to his current position, Devin worked at CJJ as a Legal Research and Policy Intern, helping to research and draft reports on federal and state policy initiatives. He holds a B.S. from the City College of New York.