Elyse Clawson is a founding Principal and member of JSP’s Board of Directors and brings over 30 years of experience in both executive level roles in correctional agencies and as a nationally recognized consultant. She specializes in criminal and juvenile justice system reform at the state and local level, and is known for her innovative approaches to complex problems. Previously, Ms. Clawson was Executive Director for the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) for 13 years. She led the team that developed the Integrated Model for Evidence Based Practices for the National Institute of Corrections, which is now widely used across the country. Prior to CJI, Ms. Clawson was Executive Director of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, where she assisted elected officials and partners in the development of countywide criminal and juvenile justice policy. In this role, she was able to substantially reduce juvenile detention and jail bed usage, and racial and ethnic disparities through pretrial supervision practices and an administrative sanctions system for probation. Ms. Clawson implemented evidence-based programming in both the adult and juvenile divisions of the department. As Assistant Director for the Oregon Department of Corrections, she developed several pieces of legislation to reform community corrections, and implemented a risk assessment system in community corrections, administrative sanctions, and evidence-based reentry programs. Ms. Clawson was also involved in the oversight and planning for institutions.
Ms. Clawson has been a consultant to elected officials, state and local leaders on policy and practice reform. She has led planning at the system and organizational level, provided leadership coaching, organizational change and implementation assistance. Ms. Clawson has overseen several large-scale reform efforts, both as a consultant and as an agency leader, and has a comprehensive understanding of the complexities to consider in developing new models and frameworks for doing business.