Kate de Zengotita (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Advocacy and Strategic Communications on the Youth Justice Initiatives team. In this role, Kate leads a variety of projects aimed at ending youth incarceration, investing in communities, and changing the national narrative around youth justice, including managing the work of the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice. Before joining The Lab, Kate spent over a decade as a juvenile defense attorney, representing adolescents in both criminal and family court. In addition to her direct work with young people and their families, Kate has worked for systemic change in the youth justice system at the Vera Institute of Justice and with the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society. Kate holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.