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Annie Balck

Co-lead of Communications Team

Annie is an independent consultant with deep expertise in areas of youth legal system reform and girls and young women involved in the youth legal system. Through this work, she helps her clients develop research, strategy and messaging to support their specific reform goals and to create legal systems that are equitable, just and effective. Annie has also worked on a variety of projects related to the child welfare system, special education, and disability rights. As a consultant, Annie has written and contributed to a number of policy papers, reports, research summaries, and grant proposals for clients including The Annie E. Casey Foundation; National Crittenton, the Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity at the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; National Association of Counsel for Children; Justice System Partners; National Juvenile Justice Network; Justice Policy Institute; and Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. Annie co-authored the seminal 2015 report, Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls with I Am Why founder Fran Sherman. Annie works with I Am Why on issues related to messaging, strategy, research and policy reform. She has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Michigan.

I Am Why is a fiscally sponsored project of the Peace Development Fund.