Staff

Naomi Smoot Evans, J.D.
Executive Director
evans@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 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
kapoor@juvjustice.org

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.

Caroline Martin
Communications and Administrative Assistant
martin@juvjustice.org

Caroline is currently a senior at the University of Maryland where she is completing her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She was determined to find a career that combined both of these academic passions. She previously worked for Strong Mind-Strong Body INC, a non-profit aiding individuals re-entering society after incarceration, in a marketing role. This past summer, she completed a Communications Internship with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. She is excited to continue her professional journey at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice as the Communications and Administrative Assistant. Caroline is passionate about working to solve the recurring problems within the juvenile justice system.

Aide (I-th-eh) Sam Moore
Youth Partnership & Training Associate 
moore@juvjustice.org

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.