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Executive Director

Arlene F LeeArlene F. Lee re-joined the Governor’s Office for Children in 2015 after a successful term at the National Academy of Sciences as the board director for the Committee on Law and Justice where she worked to improve governmental decision making and public policy and promote the understanding and dissemination of research in matters involving law and justice.

Prior to joining Committee on Law and Justice, Ms. Lee was the Director of Policy at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she focused on helping federal and state elected officials develop research-informed policies and funding to improve results for children and families. In this capacity, she oversaw, a leading national resource for results-based policy.

Previously she was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children from 2005 until 2007, where she chaired the Children’s Cabinet and was responsible for administration of the Children’s Cabinet Fund.

She has served as the Deputy Director of the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Director of the Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners and Youth Strategies Manager for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Ms. Lee started her career as an attorney representing children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and became the first director of the Kent County Local Management Board. She is the author of numerous articles and co-authored The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Children of Incarcerated Parents. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Washington College and a law degree from Washington College of Law, American University. As a result of her work, Arlene was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and has received three Governor’s Citations.