Staff

Abby Anderson

Executive Director

Abby Anderson is executive director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, a public policy and advocacy organization that consistently wins major victories for at-risk youth. Anderson became director at CTJJA in 2007 and, among other initiatives, ensured appropriate funding for and implementation of the Raise the Age bill, which removed thousands of teens from adult courts and facilities. Abby joined the Alliance in 2004 as a senior policy associate. She has served on the executive committees of the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. In 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Abby one of its “40 Under 40.”

Lara Herscovitch

Deputy Director

Lara Herscovitch is deputy director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. Involved in all aspects of its work, she has also led its efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities and reduce school-based arrests. Prior to joining CTJJA, she served in roles focused on grant making, nonprofit capacity building, strategic planning and program development, in a wide variety of content areas: community foundation philanthropy, education/literacy, early childhood development, and youth development. Lara holds an MSW in Policy & Planning and Community Organizing from the University of Connecticut.

Christina Quaranta

Policy Associate

Christina Quaranta holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Non Profit Management, from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Connecticut State University where she majored in Psychology. Prior to joining CTJJA, Christina worked for Domus Kids, a nonprofit based in Stamford. Her role as a Family Advocate required her to work tirelessly to break down all non-academic barriers in order for students and families to be successful. Christina is an experienced dedicated professional and advocate with crisis management skills with successful grant writing capabilities. Her passion for equal rights for all led her to The Alliance and she is looking forward to furthering her impact on the youth and families of Connecticut.