Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Elizabeth Glazer is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, she serves as the senior criminal justice policy advisor to the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor. Ms. Glazer oversees citywide criminal justice policy and develops and implements strategies across city agencies and partners to enhance public safety, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and increase fairness. Previously, Ms. Glazer served as the  Secretary for Public Safety to NYS Governor Cuomo, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of eight state agencies, including Corrections, Parole, State Police and National Guard. Ms. Glazer has also held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels, including the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where she pioneered the use of the racketeering laws to address the violent gang problem. Ms. Glazer received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.  She clerked for then-US Circuit Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Senior Advisors

Karen Shaer is the First Deputy Director. Ms. Shaer began her legal career at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, worked as a criminal defense attorney at the law firm Lankler Siffert & Wohl, and then served eight years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where she held the position of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and sat on the US Attorney’s Executive Committee, the management and policy making body of the office. She focused on cases involving public corruption, narcotics, financial fraud and violent crimes, including gun trafficking and gang violence. Following her service as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Shaer became the Executive and General Counsel of two companies, advising CEOs and Boards, overseeing legal departments, anchoring compliance and fraud prevention teams (with a focus on privacy and data protection issues), managing a Diversity and Inclusion Program, and running numerous multi-million dollar victim remediation programs, many of which she procured through an active business development role. As the Managing Director of one of these companies, Garden City Group, she launched a multi-million dollar business division specializing in corporate reorganizations.   Ms. Shaer received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Columbia.

Michele Sviridoff is the Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator Emeritus for Research and Planning, after having served in that role from 2002 to 2016. Her work focuses on criminal and juvenile justice system analysis. Ms. Sviridoff came to the city from the Center for Court Innovation, where she served as Deputy Director. Before that, Ms. Sviridoff was a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and at the Vera Institute of Justice. Ms. Sviridoff is a graduate of Smith College and holds an M.Phil. from Yale University. Ms. Sviridoff is the author of Dispensing Justice Locally, a book about the implementation and effects of the Midtown Community Court.

Senior Staff

Alex Crohn is the General Counsel. Prior to his current position, Mr. Crohn served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and was an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Crohn is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University.

Eric Cumberbatch is the Executive Director of the Office to Prevent Gun Violence. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Cumberbatch began his career as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education and has also held several positions at the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. Cumberbatch holds a Master’s Degree in Education from NW Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science from Delaware State University.

Patrick Gallahue is the Senior Press Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Mr. Gallahue worked as a reporter in New York City for seven years and went on to hold communications and advocacy roles with Harm Reduction International, Open Society Foundations, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the Connecticut Secretary of State. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

Jean-Claude LeBec is the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. LeBec oversees budgets and expense operations, the contract unit, and citywide court capital improvement projects. Prior to joining MOCJ, Mr. LeBec worked at OMB where he was the unit head for the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Before OMB, Mr. LeBec worked with Americorps and as a program officer in the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund. Mr. LeBec holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science from The New School Milano School of Management and Urban Policy.

Marcos Gonzalez Soler is the Chief of Staff. Prior to his current position, Mr. Soler was the deputy executive director for policy and strategic initiatives at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he worked closely with the board in conceptualizing and implementing major initiatives at the CCRB. Mr. Soler is also a senior advisor to the federal monitor of the Puerto Rico Police Department and an adjunct faculty member of both the political science and public management departments at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Soler holds a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in politics from The New School University, in addition to graduate and law degrees earned in Europe.

Sarah Solon is the Deputy Director of Justice Initiatives. Prior to her current position, Ms. Solon served as Senior Communications Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union and as Senior Program Officer at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Ms. Solon holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Asheley Van Ness is the Executive Director of Research Operations. Prior to her current position, Ms. Van Ness was Associate Principle at Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago, and the Chief of Staff at the City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), helping to direct policy, operations, and strategy. Ms. Van Ness has also worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and for the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Ms. Van Ness holds a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Zimmerman is the Deputy Director of Crime Strategies and Public Safety. Prior to his current position, Mr. Zimmerman worked at Time Warner Cable, where he was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer. Prior to TWC, Mr. Zimmerman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was the Chief of the General Crimes Unit. Before the US Attorney’s Office, he worked as an associate at Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler.  While at the firm, Mr. Zimmerman served on loan to the Mollen Commission on Alleged Police Corruption. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. Mr. Zimmerman holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Executive Staff

Jamison Blair is the Agency Chief Contracting Officer. Mr. Blair is responsible for overseeing the contract unit, which includes everything from solicitations to contract management.  Prior to joining MOCJ, he was a Senior Associate of Government Affairs at CleanEdison, a green education and training company, where he managed compliance and developed city, state, and federal grant proposals.  Mr. Blair holds a J.D. from Albany Law School.

Ashley Demyan is the Senior Criminal Justice Research Manager. Prior to joining MOCJ, Dr. Demyan was a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice. While at Vera, Dr. Demyan focused on the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Program and led Vera’s initiative on aging and infirm prisoners. During this time, she worked closely with the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Middlesex County, New Jersey Jail. Dr. Demyan received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine, where she wrote her dissertation on the use of compassionate release in California prisons.

Renita Francois is the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. Previously, Ms. Francois worked at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization providing leadership development opportunities and access to top-tier companies and organizations for underrepresented minorities. She led both the program and business operations for MLT’s Career Advancement Program, whose participants held mid- to senior-level leadership positions in different organizations. Prior to MLT, Ms. Francois served as a resource coordinator at Brooklyn Family Court, where she led several initiatives in process improvement and data collection. Ms. Francois received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Tamara Greenfield is the Program Director of Building Healthy Communities.  During her eight years as Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FAB), Ms. Greenfield expanded membership to 28 small cultural groups on the Lower East Side, helped leverage over $25 million in capital funds, and led innovative programs focused on neighborhood sustainability and resource sharing. She also founded and co-directed Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York, a citywide coalition of arts and community organizations. Prior to FAB, Ms. Greenfield led Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program, revitalizing 16 parks in four neighborhoods. She received her Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College and Bachelor of Arts in Art History and International Development from Washington University in St. Louis.  

Diana Gutierrez is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Gutierrez oversees budgets and expense operations, and manages the contract, fiscal, grants and compliance units. Prior to joining MOCJ, she served in a compliance capacity for grants and contracts in the government and private sector. Ms. Gutierrez graduated from St. John’s University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master's of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice. She is currently a J.D. candidate at New York Law School.

Dana Kaplan is the Executive Director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives. Previously, Ms. Kaplan was the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, a New Orleans based non-profit legal and advocacy organization. Ms. Kaplan has also been a Soros Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), was the State-wide Organizer for the New York Campaign for Telephone Justice, and worked for the Brooklyn-based Prison Moratorium Project. Ms. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s from the CUNY Graduate Center with a certificate in American Studies.

Christian J. Klossner is the Executive Director of the Office of Special Enforcement. He previously served for over five years as the deputy director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC), where he oversaw the agency’s investigative, adjudication, mediation, outreach, and administrative activities. Prior to joining OPC, he worked as an assistant district attorney in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor of New York City and the Office of the Bronx District Attorney. He also served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at his alma mater, Fordham University School of Law. Before earning his J.D. from Fordham, Mr. Klossner worked as a campaign organizer, lobbyist, and staff supervisor with the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Jessica Mofield is the Deputy Director of Community Engagement. Prior to joining MOCJ, Ms. Mofield worked at Counseling Service of Eastern District of New York, where she served as a Substance Abuse Clinician and coordinated clients from ACS and federal probation. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Ms Mofield also holds a license as a LMHC and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia State University.

Miriam Popper is the Program Director of alternatives to detention and incarceration. Before joining MOCJ, Ms. Popper worked with the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College, assisting with the oversight and implementation of the New York City Justice Corps, a reentry initiative aimed at reducing poverty and recidivism among young men and women ages 18-24. Ms. Popper graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law and Society, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Criminology.

Amy Sananman is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. Prior to joining MOCJ, Ms. Sananman served for nearly 20 years as the founding Executive Director of Groundswell, NYC’s leading nonprofit for using public art as a tool for social change.  During her tenure, Groundswell engaged tens of thousands of teens and hundreds of community groups to transform physical spaces across the five boroughs. Prior to Groundswell, Ms. Sananman's experience includes tenant organizing and affordable housing development. Ms. Sananman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Scaife is the Executive Director of Prevention, Diversion, and Reintegration.  Ms. Scaife joins MOCJ after ten years of working in the criminal justice field in California. Most recently, she had worked for the City and County of San Francisco on reentry policy and programs, as staff to the Reentry Council of San Francisco and as Director of the Reentry Division at the Adult Probation Department. Prior to this, she was Program Director for the Prison University Project, which operates an Associate of Arts degree-granting program at San Quentin State Prison. She was also writer-in-residence at a juvenile detention center in Martinez, California. Ms. Scaife holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary.

Reagan Stevens is the Deputy Director of the Behavioral Health Task Force. Before joining MOCJ, Ms. Stevens worked for Up2Us Sports as the Assistant Director of their flagship program, Coach Across America, which trains coach-mentors in trauma-sensitive methods. Prior to that, Ms. Stevens spent 15 years in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. There, she managed programs that addressed the precursors to crime, such as truancy, and coordinated a post-arrest diversion program that provided services to offenders when mental health treatment and rehabilitation were appropriate. Ms. Stevens is a New York City native, and an alumna of Binghamton University.

Nicole Torres is the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to joining MOCJ, Ms. Torres was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Manhattan.  Before law school, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.  Ms. Torres also worked as a youth organizer for the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, where she led youth policy trainings and lobbying mobilizations to Albany and Washington, D.C.  Ms. Torres is a graduate of the CUNY School of Law and Barnard College at Columbia University.

Catherine Wan is the Deputy Director of the Office of Special Enforcement. Prior to joining OSE, Ms. Wan served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and coordinated investigations.  Prior to that, she worked as the chief of the civil clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, where she managed support staff, litigation resources and electronic data tracking for the civil division.  Ms. Wan has also worked as an attorney in several community-based law firms representing clients in various civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings.  Ms. Wan received her Bachelor of Law from National Taipei University and her Master of Law from Yeshiva University.