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Welcoming Denise O'Donnell To The Marron Institute

Headshot picture of a smiling Denise O'Donnell

Date:   April 14, 2017

New York University continues to tap exceptional talent from the federal transition. Today, Denise O’Donnell, Director of the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under President Obama, joins the Litmus team at New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. While at BJA, O’Donnell gained a strong reputation for leading a reform agenda. Litmus, which includes BetaGov, supports innovation and testing in the public sector. “This is monumental for us,” said Professor Angela Hawken, Director of Litmus. “Denise’s deep understanding of criminal justice agencies and her stellar reputation will be instrumental to our efforts to support stakeholder-inclusive innovation in New York and across the country.” Prior to joining BJA, O’Donnell served as the New York State Commissioner of Criminal Justice Services and as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York (appointed by President Clinton).