Mikaela is a mixed-methods researcher with a background in juvenile and criminal justice policy and research and a commitment to using research to improve justice systems. Having worked extensively with criminal justice professionals, social service providers, and justice-system involved youth and adults in jurisdictions across California and the United States, Mikaela believes that meaningful criminal justice reform must involve diverse and broad-based stakeholder coalitions. These coalitions should include criminal justice and social service agencies, community-based service providers, and individuals under both custodial and community-based correctional supervision.
Prior to joining to RDA, Mikaela worked as a Juvenile Justice Policy Advocate at the National Center for Youth Law, where she worked with state and local jurisdictions across the country to identify local juvenile justice reform needs and provide support for research and policy implementation. Prior to that, Mikaela worked on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, a project for which she oversaw several years of research inside the nation’s largest single-site pretrial detention center, the Cook County Jail in Chicago.