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Project

Public Safety Performance Project

Jake Horowitz

Director

Jake Horowitz leads Pew’s public safety performance project, which advances data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control corrections costs.

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Julie Wertheimer

Project Director

Julie Wertheimer is the project director for Pew’s public safety performance project, where she oversees the research and policy portfolios, including technical assistance to states and counties, policy analysis and development, and public and policymaker education on justice issues.

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.

Dana Shoenberg

Senior Manager

Dana Shoenberg is a senior manager with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project, leading the criminal and juvenile justice research and strategy portfolios. Her teams partner with policymakers, agency leaders, and other stakeholders to advance data-driven reforms and provide a range of research products, publications, and policy evaluations to the field.

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Michael Williams

Senior Manager

Michael Williams is the senior manager of adult policy and leads the jail and community supervision portfolio on Pew’s public safety performance project. Before coming to Pew, Williams was the deputy associate director for operations at the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing risk assessment, supervision, and treatment operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public administration from American University. 

Ruth Rosenthal

Manager

Ruth Rosenthal leads the juvenile justice policy work for Pew’s public safety performance project. In this role, she and her team collaborate with states to advance data-driven, research-based, and fiscally sound policies in the juvenile justice system. Before joining Pew, Rosenthal worked as a trial attorney for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, where she represented individuals facing both criminal and juvenile charges who could not afford to retain counsel. Rosenthal earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Terry Schuster

Manager

Terry Schuster is a manager with Pew’s public safety performance project, leading technical assistance and research initiatives on jails and pretrial justice issues. He is an expert on evidence-based pretrial, sentencing, and community supervision practices, and has provided technical assistance on criminal justice reform campaigns in Utah, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan. Before working at Pew, Schuster was a member of a court-appointed monitoring team in a federal lawsuit on juvenile conditions of confinement in Ohio. He also served as an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, and as a law clerk in several jurisdictions. Schuster holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Tracy Velázquez

Manager

Tracy Velázquez leads research activities for Pew’s public safety performance project. Her team produces and publishes analyses of jail, community supervision, and juvenile justice systems, and provides ongoing research assistance to help achieve all of the project’s goals.

Before joining Pew, Velázquez served in research and policy positions for several national and state criminal justice reform and health policy organizations and as a consultant to local, state, and federal governments.

She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in social studies from Harvard University, a master’s degree in justice, law, and criminology from American University, and a master of public administration from Montana State University.

Connie Utada

Manager

Connie Utada is a manager with Pew’s public safety performance project, leading the technical assistance and research initiatives for jurisdictions throughout the country with the goal of improving outcomes for people on probation and parole. Utada has led Pew’s efforts to address challenges facing statewide criminal justice systems through policy reform. Before joining Pew, she developed state policy initiatives for marginalized communities, lobbied on immigration, and served as a defense attorney in Boston. Utada received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Smith College and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.