The JJAC is comprised of 15-33 experts in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare who are appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts . The experts represent various fields such as law enforcement, juvenile courts, private non-profit organizations, juvenile mental health workers, and public agencies concerned with delinquency prevention or treatment. The JJAC aims to have one-fifth of its members be under the age of 24 at the time of their appointment and at least 3 who have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system at some point in their life. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of Federal, State, or local government.

Current Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Members

Robert P. Gittens, Esq.
JJAC Chair
Vice President of Public Affairs, Northeastern University
Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs

Cecely Reardon
JJAC Vice Chair
Committee for Public Counsel Services

Wesley Cotter
Key Program, Inc.

Glenn Daly
Office of Youth Development
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq.
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Catherine Harris
Concerned Citizen

Roland Milton
Pyramid Builders, Inc.

Edward Dolan
Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Probation

Jeff Butts
Boys and Girls Club of Boston

Bessie DiDomenica
MBA, Doctoral candidate

Rita Dixon
Concerned Citizen

Whitney Galusha
B.M.C Durfee High School/Concerned Citizen

Barbara Kaban
Committee for Public Counsel

Ken Smith
Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston

Jennifer Larson Sawin
Communities for Restorative Justice

Natalie Petit
Curry College/Concerned Citizen

Cory Lanier
UMass-Lowell/Concerned Citizen

Kimberly Larson
UMass Medical Center

Peter Forbes
Commissioner, Department of Youth Services

Adam Foss
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Reynolds Graves
Office of City Councilor Tito Jackson

Jovonte Santos
Professor of Conflict Resolution, LaSalle College

Mark Booher, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Austin Lessin
Student/Youth Member