Deputy Director, Research-Practice Strategies
Olivia Dana is Deputy Director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation, where she conducts original research and provides expert assistance to jurisdictions across the country designed to improve justice system responses to defendants and victims, and to promote racial justice. Since joining the Research-Practice Strategies team, Olivia has cultivated expertise in pretrial justice, evidence-based court reform strategies, and prosecutorial innovation. She currently co-leads a national study of prosecutor decision-making in cases involving violence. Olivia also provides national technical assistance to justice system stakeholders through several initiatives, including the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research initiative. She was previously the Project Director of the Staten Island Justice Center. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, she served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.