Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has named Angela Johnese, an advocate for youth justice reform, as the new director of Baltimore’s crime policy office, reports the city’s Sun. Johnese, an attorney who has served as juvenile justice policy director for Advocates for Children and Youth, will lead the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, coordinating criminal justice efforts across different agencies as well as administering state and federal grant money.
Johnese replaces Sheryl Goldstein, who was appointed by Mayor Sheila Dixon and left the office in June 2012 after Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III announced his retirement. Johnese has previously worked for organizations serving youth and families in New Orleans. A major part of Goldstein’s work was coordinating youth violence prevention efforts, and with Advocates for Children and Youth, Johnese worked on issues such as reducing school arrests and disparities in school disciplinary actions.