Yesterday, Liz Ryan was sworn in as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. A long-time youth advocate, Ryan brings to OJJDP more than 30 years of professional experience in legislative and justice-related issues, and over two decades as an advocate for juvenile justice reforms.
Among her many accomplishments, Ryan cofounded and cochaired Act 4 Juvenile Justice, a campaign to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. She also served as advocacy director for the Youth Law Center, national field director for OJJDP’s Juvenile Court Centennial Initiative, and an advocate for the Children’s Defense Fund.
"I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention," said Ryan. "I'm looking forward to working with the staff of OJJDP and with directly-impacted youth and their families, youth justice system stakeholders, practitioners and others from across the country to advance effective youth justice reforms and to expand opportunities for young people to grow and thrive."