Julie Wertheimer leads Pew’s public safety performance project, which advances data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the adult and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control corrections costs. 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 justice issues.
Wertheimer also directs Pew’s mental health and justice work, 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.
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.