Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Ms. Mannone A. Butler is an accomplished Executive Director and criminal justice professional blending over fifteen years of legal and policy experience with her passion for the community; Ms. Butler currently serves as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). The CJCC is an independent District agency that serves as a forum for identifying issues and their solutions, proposing actions and facilitating cooperation to improve public safety in the District of Columbia for its residents, visitors, victims and offenders.
As Executive Director, an appointed position she has held since May 2011, she is responsible for bringing together local, federal, legislative, executive, and judicial leaders to develop comprehensive strategies to address long-standing and emerging criminal and juvenile justice issues facing the District of Columbia. Ms. Butler oversees the District’s integrated justice information system, JUSTIS, and the District’s Statistical Analysis Center. Further, she is responsible for developing process efficiencies for the optimization of agency resources, reviewing cost drivers and monitoring effective performance metrics. In this role, Ms. Butler has provided comprehensive organizational leadership. Under her management, the CJCC has been designated a criminal justice agency for information sharing purposes and received an Excellence.gov award for Intergovernmental collaboration in 2012 for JUSTIS.
Upon joining the CJCC in 2006 as its Legal Advisor and Program Analyst, Ms. Butler provided legal counsel to the agency on criminal and juvenile justice matters; and helped guide the agencies’ strategic priorities with a specific focus on re-entry, emergency planning and grants planning. She was instrumental in streamlining business operations and made recommendations to improve operations, which included development and management of standard operating procedures (SOPs). During her tenure, Ms. Butler was tapped to serve as CJCC’s Interim Executive Director, and then advanced to become the agency’s Deputy Executive Director before her appointment to lead the agency.
Prior to joining the CJCC, Ms. Butler practiced law with the Law Offices of Curtis T. White, P.C. and served as Director of Program Operations for the Urban Family Institute where she managed all of the organization’s programmatic efforts; streamlined its models, policies and strategies to create sustainable community-based initiatives; and developed the Bridge, a program, supported by Maryland’s Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services and in partnership with the Eastern Correctional Institution, for incarcerated fathers to engage and stay connected with their children.
Ms. Butler is a native Washingtonian and attended DC public schools. She later earned her B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating law school, Ms. Butler served as a Law Fellow for Georgetown University Law Center’s Street Law Clinic.