Adam Gelb directs Pew’s public safety performance project, which helps states advance policies and practices in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, reduce recidivism, and control corrections costs. Gelb supervises the project’s research portfolio and regularly advises policymakers on implementation of practical, cost-effective policies.
Gelb has worked on crime control and prevention issues as a journalist, congressional aide, and senior state government official. He began his career as a reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and staffed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee leading up to passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. He also served as policy director for the lieutenant governor of Maryland, executive director of the Georgia Sentencing Commission, and vice president for programs at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.
Gelb holds a bachelor’s degree in government and history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.