Laura John Ridolfi is a member of the Social Justice and Well-being team with the W. Haywood Burns Institute. She provides technical assistance to BI sites in analyzing whether and to what extent policies and practices contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in youth justice systems. She also assists in developing local strategies to reduce disparities.

Prior to the BI, Laura worked for several youth and criminal justice organizations and was a Fulbright Fellow in Kenya, where she conducted original research on the youth justice system. Laura is a recent graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law. There, she coordinated the Boalt Hall Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Youth and Education Law Society, where she created and implemented a street law program for youth in San Francisco and Alameda County juvenile detention facilities. She also clerked for East Bay Community Law, representing youth and adult ex-offenders in sealing or expunging their criminal records, and the San Francisco Public Defender, Juvenile Division.

Laura also sits on the Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee for the State of California’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Tim, and her son, Theo.