Ellen McCann-Sfecla has been working in criminal and juvenile justice as a researcher and advocate for 15 years. In her current position, Ellen works as the Senior Research Manager, coordinating with and working across all of the teams in our organization, producing rapid response research summaries, short- and medium-term estimates and impact assessments for policy and legislation, and long term research products to lift up our shared safety priorities for those most impacted by crime.
Prior to working for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, she was the Senior Statistician for the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, responding to multi-agency policy and research questions to inform smart system improvements across federal and city partners on questions of violence, juvenile justice, corrections, sentencing, recidivism, and policing. Before her tenure with DC, she was the State Data Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts working in Justice Reinvestment in several states working to use research, data, and analyses to improve juvenile and adult corrections. Ellen also spent time as a Detention Specialist in the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, working with the Annie E Casey Foundation on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
She received her PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, with more than 20 years of college teaching around the country.