Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia is a Senior Researcher with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington D.C. where she serves on the Criminal Justice Leadership Team and is the Director for the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) and the Strategies to Support Youth Exposed to Violence Training and Technical Assistance Center, both funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. With over 20 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice, substance misuse, violence prevention, and public health, Jennifer specializes in multi-sector, evidence-based practices to translate research into actionable outcomes to reduce recidivism, violence, and substance abuse. She also has expertise building organizational capacity to determine and implement evidence-based practices that advance system change through evaluation, training, and collaboration.
Jennifer has served as a subject matter expert and researcher on extensive studies funded by organizations including the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has developed and published organizational assessments and evidence-based practice resources for use in community-based and justice organizations to support the identification of barriers to effective practice implementation and to build strategic plans for system change. She has also conducted Capitol Hill briefings for the U.S. Congress regarding the application of criminal justice and public health policy reforms in real-world settings. Jennifer earned a BS in public health and MS in health research and evaluation from Utah State University and is pursuing her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of South Florida.