Public Welfare Foundation Selects New Criminal Justice Program Officer
Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, announced today that Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who is currently the executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), will become the foundation’s Criminal Justice Program Officer, effective November 2, 2015.
During the past 10 years, Yáñez-Correa built the nonpartisan, nonprofit TCJC and has led the organization in advancing smart, bipartisan justice reforms in Texas. Through six state legislative sessions, she and a team of policy analysts and attorneys have helped spur support for more than 150 smart-on-crime bills that passed the legislature, policies related to youth justice, indigent defense, sentencing, probation, parole, and reentry. The work of TCJC, a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, has been instrumental in helping to close three adult correctional facilities and nine youth facilities in the state without compromising public safety.
Yáñez-Correa has been praised for reaching beyond party lines consistently. Since 2005, she has successfully fostered relationships among a wide range of coalition partners, criminal justice practitioners, law enforcement groups, civil rights organizations and other community members. In 2014, she helped launch the Smart-on-Crime Coalition, a bipartisan effort that includes business, public policy and civil rights groups in Texas.
Born in Mexico, Yáñez-Correa came to the U.S. at the age of 10. Prior to joining TCJC, she served as chief of staff for a Texas state legislator, focusing primarily on criminal justice-related policies, and as policy director for the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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