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Betsy Fox-Tolentino

Managing Director, Juvenile and Young Adult Justice Initiatives, Roca Impact Institute
Tel. 410-599-8004

As the Managing Director of Juvenile and Young Adult Justice Initiatives, Betsy leads the scaling and capacity building of young adult justice projects with strategic regional and national partnerships. Betsy brings 18 years of experience focusing on criminal and juvenile justice advocacy, policy development, and building systems to meet the diverse needs of our communities. Her belief is that Rewire CBT provides the opportunity to build upon existing strategies, invest in justice system staff, and support positive behavior change to reduce violence in our communities.  

Betsy most recently served as the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services’ (DJS) Deputy Secretary of Community Operations where she focused on: changing the way young people, families, and stakeholders experience justice system interventions; mitigating racial disparities and developing a fair and equitable approach to reform; and empowering opportunities for shared innovation with partners to become a catalyst for change. She also led the collaboration between Roca and Maryland DJS to train 300 front-line staff in Rewire CBT and provide long-term coaching. Betsy volunteers with community-based organizations, serves on the Mentor MD/DC Board of Directors, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and Widener University School of Law. 

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