Jeannette Pai-Espinosa


A firm believer in the power and potential of all girls and young women

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa assumed leadership of National Crittenton in January of 2007. Jeannette brings to this 135-year-old institution over forty years of experience in advocacy, education, public policy, strategic communication, program development, and direct service delivery.

Jeannette is currently:

  • Director, National Girls Initiative – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U. S. Department of Justice
  • Advisory Committee, The Human Rights Project for Girls
  • Advisory Committee, Women’s Services – SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Advisory Committee of the National Center on Domestic Violence
  • Advisory Board, hope & grace fund (philosophy, inc.)
  • Advisory Committee of Family Story
  • Steering Committee Member, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the National Black Women’s Justice Institute Trauma-Informed Learning Network for Girls of Color
  • Chair of the National Foster Care Coalition for more than 8 years before its closure in 2017

In 2013, Jeannette was recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Embracing the Legacy award for her work supporting the empowerment of girls and young women in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 

Jeannette holds a master’s degree of education in student development theory, counseling, and administration and is the mother of four “grown” children ages 32 – 39.