Soledad McGrath

Soledad McGrath


Soledad McGrath is a member of JSP’s Board of Directors. She is a Research Professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research and the Executive Director of the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3). Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a Senior Program Officer in the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program at the Joyce Foundation where she developed and led the foundation’s justice reform strategy, which included a focus on policing, criminal justice reform, and violence prevention. Prior to joining the Joyce Foundation, Soledad was a Program Officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Justice Reform program and was a member of a multidisciplinary team that designed and implemented its criminal justice reform strategy – a more than $200 million initiative focusing on a network of jurisdictions throughout the country targeting excessive and unjust incarceration at the local level. She led the foundation’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. 

Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Soledad served as associate director and chief counsel at the American Bar Association’s Justice Center. In addition, she served as a post- graduate Child Law policy fellow at Loyola University School of Law’s Civitas Child Law Center and as the primary reporter for the State Bar of Georgia/Young Lawyers Division Juvenile Code Revision Project. She began her legal career as an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Soledad has published in law review and legal journals and has been recognized for her work in juvenile justice reform. She earned her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from Emory University.

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