Co-Director, Communities for Just Schools Fund
A self-identified policy wonk, Jaime is also a steadfast believer in the fundamental importance of centering community organizers’ expertise as we journey towards education justice and the schools our children deserve. Before coming to CJSF, Jaime was a senior fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), where she worked across federal agencies and with external partners towards eliminating punitive school discipline and increasing positive school climate. Prior to her time at the DOJ, Jaime served as the director of youth and education justice at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY), working with community organizers and advocates on efforts most aptly summed up as “seeking to decriminalize childhood” for youth of color. Jaime also served as chief of staff for the executive deputy commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, an experience that cemented her belief in the importance of empowering families to imagine and create their own solutions.