We Are Expanding Our Staff—Welcome Senior Associate Alison Shames!

The Center for Effective Public Policy is pleased to announce the addition of Alison Shames to our staff. Ms. Shames will be joining the Center as a Senior Associate.

Ms. Shames brings to the Center over thirteen years of experience working in the criminal justice field. She is an innovative non-profit manager and lawyer with both domestic and international experience in private, government, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Shames brings with her a strong record of implementing new programs and policies; managing complex projects; conducting strategic planning; delivering training and technical assistance to criminal justice policymakers and professionals; and authoring a variety of publications.

Most recently, Ms. Shames served as an independent criminal justice consultant. Her latest project was managing the launch and operations of the Public Safety Assessment website (www.psapretrial.org), which makes available a range of resources to help jurisdictions implement the pretrial risk assessment developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Ms. Shames is also a co-author of the forthcoming publication, Reimagining Prison, which will be released by the Vera Institute of Justice in October 2018 and presents a transformative vision for incarceration with human dignity as the foundational principle.  Her other clients have included the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, The Carey Group, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Ms. Shames graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law in 1997. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk in New Orleans and then as an Associate for a San Francisco based law firm. Ms. Shames then relocated to Australia, where she worked as corporate counsel to one of Australia’s largest media and publishing companies. She left this position to serve as a policy manager for the Attorney General’s Department of New South Wales, where she staffed a cross-agency committee composed of the directors of each of the criminal justice agencies in the state. Returning to the United States in 2008, she joined the Vera Institute of Justice as Associate Director and Director of Programs for Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. After leaving Vera, Ms. Shames served as a consultant to The Whelan Group, Inc., which provides strategic advice to non-profit organizations, and worked for a number of organizations and foundations as a criminal justice consultant.

Ms. Shames can be reached at ashames@cepp.com.