Marc Schindler is the Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a national research and policy organization with expertise in juvenile and criminal justice issues. Marc has previously worked on justice system issues from a number of perspectives. From 2005-2010 he served as General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Interim Director of the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). DYRS was recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School for its innovations in government. From 1997 to 2005, he was a litigator on behalf of adjudicated youth with the Youth Law Center, and co-chaired the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition. He also taught law at American University’s School of Law. From 1993-1997 Marc served as a public defender in Baltimore’s juvenile court, where he represented youth in delinquency hearings. Prior to joining JPI Marc was a Partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a Washington-based philanthropic investment organization. At VPP he managed a $40 million dollar initiative to improve education, employment and health outcomes for disconnected youth. Marc is a recognized expert on the justice system, providing commentary in the national media, including on CNN and NPR, and is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.