Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group
With more than 15 years of experience in juvenile justice, social policy, research, evaluation and system reform, Nate Balis serves as the director of the Foundation's Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. Balis now leads the Foundation's efforts to expand the work of local Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative sites to the dispositional end of the system. He is helping local jurisdictions safely reduce incarceration and other out-of-home placements while introducing innovations to help them improve their juvenile justice systems.
Balis, who joined the Casey Foundation in 2007, has led consulting engagements in Alabama and New York City aimed at safely reducing incarceration and expanding community-based alternatives. Through his leadership, the Foundation helped Alabama reduce commitments to state confinement by 50% since beginning to work with them in 2007. He was also instrumental in helping New York City leaders introduce practice and policy reforms to improve decision making, case planning and management as the city worked to implement its landmark “Close to Home” legislation. As a result, the number of youth in residential placement in New York City has declined by more than a third since the Foundation began working with city leaders in 2010.