Julie Wertheimer leads Pew’s mental health and justice partnerships project, which collaborates with state policymakers, local officials, and national experts to identify health-focused, evidence-based policy options that can improve how government responds to behavioral health emergencies. In this role, she oversees the project’s research and policy portfolios, including technical assistance to states, policy analysis and development, and education of policymakers and the public on health and justice issues. Wertheimer previously directed Pew’s public safety performance project, which advanced data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the adult and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control corrections costs.
Before joining Pew, Wertheimer was the senior director of the Office of Criminal Justice for the city of Philadelphia, where she also served as chief of staff to the deputy managing director for criminal justice and chief of staff for public safety.
Wertheimer holds a bachelor’s degree in diplomatic history and a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania.