Vidhya Ananthakrishnan co-directs the Lab’s Youth Justice Initiatives team, which is focused on ending the punitive youth prison model and accelerating investment in those communities that have been hardest hit by youth incarceration. She oversees YJI’s fundraising, advocacy, partnerships, and strategic communications work, including the convening of the Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice (YCLJ). She also provides tailored support and advising to sites around the country that are engaged in efforts to transform their approach to youth justice. Prior to joining the Justice Lab in 2018, Vidhya worked at the Vera Institute of Justice for nearly a decade, where she worked on a range of youth justice reform issues, from education and employment for justice-involved youth to status offenses. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office and a youth advocate in New York City. Vidhya holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University.