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Jenny Collier
Project Director/Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative

Jenny Collier is a public interest attorney and consultant who provides strategic political, policy, advocacy, and coalition building services to public interest clients through her Washington, DC-based firm, Collier Collective, LLC.  Since 1996, Jenny has advised governments and policy makers on a wide range of health care and criminal justice issues, including federal appropriations, addiction, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, juvenile justice, criminal justice, innocence, and reentry policy.  As a part of this work, Jenny serves as Project Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative.  

Early in her career, as the Director of National Policy and State Strategy for the Legal Action Center, a national non-profit law and policy firm, Jenny achieved several legislative victories, including significantly increasing federal funding for addiction treatment and bipartisan development of landmark criminal justice system reentry legislation, The Second Chance Act.  From 2000-2002, Jenny served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Drug Treatment Task Force and policy advisor to Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.  During this time, she led a citizen-driven review of Maryland’s addiction treatment system that resulted in improved policies and increased funding for addiction treatment in Maryland.