Gladys Carrión is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Justice Lab and Co-Chair of the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice, a coalition of over 65 current and former system leaders committed to ending the punitive youth prison, reducing the carceral footprint and reimaging how to serve and support justice involved youth and impacted communities. At the Lab, she works closely with the Youth Justice Initiatives team as a thought partner to help shape strategy and leverage her experience in closing youth prisons and work in leading transformational systems change in New York. As a former NYS & NYC Commissioner for Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and the Early Care and Education system in NY, she has years of experience working in communities of color that are under-resourced and subject to over-surveillance to channel resources and services. Her advice and guidance is sought after by both system leaders and advocates and she supports the site based work across the country. Earlier in her career, she worked as a legal services attorney and ran several community based organizations serving families and youth in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Gladys has worked in and with philanthropy and has held several senior level positions in government. Gladys holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York.