Staff / Georgia Lerner


Georgia Lerner, Executive Director

Ms. Lerner joined the Women’s Prison Association in 2000 as the Director of Program Operations.  She became Associate Executive Director in 2004 and Executive Director in 2008.  As Associate E.D., Ms. Lerner supervised program services across the agency, ensuring continuity, performance, and compliance.  Her responsibilities included staff development and program assessment.  She monitored service contracts, executed agreements, and assessed budgets and personnel.  Under her current leadership, WPA builds upon a long history of developing landmark programs, advocating for groundbreaking policies, and promoting forward-thinking strategies for responding to women in the justice system shaped by its expanding knowledge, experience, and evidence of what works.

Prior to joining WPA, Ms. Lerner worked for more than ten years in direct services and administration of HIV service contracts in New York City.  Ms. Lerner holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in health education from New York University, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  She is admitted to the New York State Bar.  Ms. Lerner frequently serves as advisor, trainer, and panelist at local, state, and national symposia to promote sensible responses to crime while improving public safety.  She has addressed Congress on women and addiction, been published in print and online outlets, and currently promotes policy improvements through participation in the New York State Governor’s Council on Reentry and Reintegration, New York City ATI and Reentry Coalition, National Alliance to End Family Homelessness, National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women, and New York City Women’s Criminal Justice Project, among others.

"My children had been in foster care for two years; they were angry and hurt. WPA helped us to heal and to build a new, strong family bond."
- Vivian, Former WPA Client
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