January | February 2017

Eileen M. Garry Named OJJDP Acting Administrator
OJJDP Acting Administrator Eileen M. GarryEileen M. Garry, OJJDP Acting Administrator
On January 20, 2017, OJJDP Deputy Administrator Eileen M. Garry was named Acting Administrator of the Office. “I am honored to lead OJJDP until a new Administrator is appointed,” Ms. Garry said.

With more than 20 years of leadership at the Office of Justice Programs, Ms. Garry has dedicated her career to improving both juvenile and criminal justice. She first came to OJJDP in 1995 as Director of the Information Dissemination and Planning Division. She later served as Deputy Administrator, overseeing the Office's state, local, and tribal programs and child protection activities.

Ms. Garry rejoined OJJDP as Deputy Administrator in October 2016 after serving for 15 years as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). At BJA, Ms. Garry administered the bureau’s grants programs, budget formulation and execution processes, tribal and legislative affairs, performance measurement and evaluation efforts, and planning and communications. She also oversaw general operations and management.


As BJA’s Director of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program, she managed the processing of death and education benefits for public safety officers injured or killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In addition, Ms. Garry coordinated the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program and the Counter-Terrorism Training Work Group, and was actively engaged in the criminal justice infrastructure recovery and relief efforts in the Gulf region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“As always,” Ms. Garry said, “I am dedicated to the work of OJJDP and will continue to build on the progress the Office has made to reform juvenile justice systems nationwide and support the priorities of the new Administration.”


Access this issue’s Message From the Acting Administrator and read Ms. Garry’s full bio on the OJJDP website.