Melissa joined JUFJ in 2020 as a Policy Specialist. She is also Senior Policy Counsel for the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), where she works to assist the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) in developing a user-friendly, authoritative online hub to promote reform and disseminate information about best practices in juvenile justice. Ms. Goemann used to run an NJJN member organization in Virginia, which helped convince the legislature to move away from its “once an adult, always an adult” policy. Most recently, Ms. Goemann worked as the legislative director for the ACLU of Maryland, where she was responsible for advancing a broad range of civil liberties issues, but her work in the juvenile justice community spans several years. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ms. Goemann was an adjunct assistant professor of law, and the founder and director of the Juvenile Law and Policy Clinic at the University of Richmond School of Law; and from 2004 to 2010, she served as the president and co-director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center (MAJDC). She received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1986, and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Melissa uses she/her/hers pronouns.