Deputy Director of Policy
Chidinma Ume serves as our Deputy Director for Policy and is primarily responsible for providing national technical assistance in the areas of jail reduction, criminal justice debt reform, and prosecutorial perspectives. Prior to joining the Center, Chidinma was a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where she handled felony and misdemeanor cases involving violent and non-violent crimes, and intimate partner violence. Chidinma then served as Executive Director for Justice Operations at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice where she led several Mayoral initiatives to reduce the Rikers Island jail population and worked with criminal justice system actors to make New York City's system safer and fairer. Chidinma's work spanned a broad range of projects, including reform in the areas of case processing, indigent defense oversight, and mental competency examinations for detained individuals. Chidinma received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also defended indigent individuals in D.C. Superior Court and before the US Parole Commission.