Tara Huffman

Tara Huffman is the director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program at OSI-Baltimore. She comes to OSI-Baltimore with both national and local experience, strong advocacy skills, and deep knowledge of the field and of the organizational development needs of grantees.

Previously, Huffman provided coaching and consulting services to nonprofit leaders and organizations—including to the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network. Before that, she served for five years as the deputy director for policy and programs at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C. There, she managed a project to advocate for national standards to reduce incarceration and criminalization of juvenile status offenders. Earlier in her career, she served for three years as the director of the Maryland Justice Coalition, and for two years as the chair of the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Huffman began her career as a staff attorney at the Public Justice Center.

Active in the community, Huffman has a deep commitment to reforming policies and practices that contribute to racial disparities, an over-reliance on incarceration, blocked opportunities, and unrealized potential.