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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Committee on Law and Justice Staff Information


Staff Listing 


Kathi L. Grasso, Director
Malay Majmundar
, Associate Director

Emily Backes, Program Officer
Tina M. Latimer, Program Coordinator

Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Program Assistant



Mailing Address

Committee on Law and Justice

The Keck Center of the National Academies

500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Tel: 202-334-3730

Fax: 202-334-3829


Staff Biographies (alphabetical)  


 Emily Backes - Photo Emily Backes is a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Emily supports the Committee on Proactive Policing—Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties, the Committee on Financing Early Care and Education with a Highly Qualified Workforce, and the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral (C-CAB) Health. She has provided analytical and editorial support for studies on juvenile justice reform, forensic science, the illicit tobacco market, science literacy, and the science of science communication. Previously, Emily worked with the Committee on Human Rights where she was responsible for researching cases of unjustly imprisoned scientists worldwide and synthesizing scholarship on science and human rights issues. She received an M.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Missouri, and she is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.
Kathi Grasso Kathi L. Grasso is the Director of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Before assuming this role in July 2015, she was a senior leader in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Kathi joined DOJ in 2001 as Director of OJJDP’s Research and Program Development Division, and served in several other positions from 2003 to 2015, including as OJJDP’s senior juvenile justice policy and legal advisor, the designated federal official for the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and attorney-advisor in DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women. She is a graduate of the intensive DOJ Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program that led to her SES certification by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Prior to her employment at DOJ, she worked at the American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law where she directed research and other projects that had national and international impact in the areas of child and adolescent health, juvenile and family court improvement, legal representation of children, independent living services for transitioning youth, child abduction, and child sexual abuse and exploitation. Kathi also served as the Chief and Managing Attorney of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Child Advocacy Unit in Baltimore City and as an attorney with the Maryland Disability Law Center. Kathi has extensive litigation experience, has published in the child welfare field, and has contributed to numerous national interagency and professional workgroups, including the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Kathi was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies with High Distinction from Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also has a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.
Staff Leticia Garcilazo Leticia Garcilazo Green is a senior program assistant for the Committee on Law and Justice and the Board on Science Education. Leticia joined the CLAJ staff in the summer of 2014. Prior to joining the Academies, she worked as a legal assistant with a law firm that specialized in security clearances and white-collar crime in Washington, DC. She currently supports four projects: Proactive Policing - Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties; the Science of Science Communication; the Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education. She earned a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in criminology from Louisiana State University in 2012. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in forensic psychology at George Washington University.
 TinaLatimer2 Tina M. Latimer is the Program Coordinator for the Committee on Law and Justice, Committee on Population, Board on Environmental Change and Society, and Board on Human-Systems Integration. Tina joined the CLAJ staff in the spring of 2014 after 19 years of experience working in law firms as an Office Manager and Executive Legal Secretary. She also worked as a staff assistant to the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness. Through these experiences, she developed excellent skills in managing the overall administrative and logistical procedures in a busy environment. She is responsible for coordinating the reporting requirements, administrative functions and logistical support for CLAJ and the project committees. She supervises the Program Assistants for all projects, provides support to the Board Director and ensures the smooth implementation of DBASSE and NRC procedures. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.
 Malay Majmundar4 

Malay Majmundar is the Associate Director for the Committee on Law and Justice. He is currently the study director for two projects: Proactive Policing—Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties and the Roundtable on Crime Trends. He has also worked on studies on federal budget policy, immigration enforcement and statistics, criminal justice, and demography and population aging. He has a B.A. in political science from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago. 




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