Bridgette rejoined Common Justice as the Chief of Staff. She has extensive experience working on behalf of young people impacted by violence. Prior to rejoining Common Justice, Bridgette was the Deputy Director at the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), where she was responsible for overseeing operations and programming. During her tenure, she secured additional funding and a new partnership with Open Society Foundation to increase CJI’s grantmaking to include and focus on sex-workers’ rights, harm-reduction initiatives, pre-arrest and pre-booking diversion programming as part of the CJI’s funding priorities.
Before CJI, Bridgette previously served at Common Justice as the National Survivor Specialist. During this time, Bridgette led a collaborative effort to support grassroots organizations in building their organizational and advocacy capacity to shift federal funding to underserved organizations, which led to over 3.8 million dollars being awarded to grassroots organizations and 1 million dollars for city government-based initiatives for underserved populations. As well, she also supported the development of Common Justice’s learning collaborative, HealingWorks. Earlier in her career, Bridgette worked at the W. Haywood Burns Institute as a Site Manager, where she provided technical assistance to jurisdictions around the country on addressing racial and ethnic disparities within the youth justice system.
In her role, Bridgette conducted assessments, trained probation officers, judges, and law enforcement, and provided intensive site services to more than 200 stakeholders on improving life outcomes for youth of color. Before that, Bridgette worked at Parenting for Prevention and Catholic Charities providing counseling services for youth and their families. She also worked as a case manager for youth returning from secure confinement with the Youth Empowerment Project of Louisiana, as an education advocate at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, and as the Orleans Parish's JDAI Coordinator, where she facilitated a collaborative process with various stakeholders to reduce the number of youth detained in New Orleans and to create alternatives to secure detention.
Bridgette received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana.
“I work at Common Justice because I know to address the impact of violence and harm on communities that we must have both conversations at the table – the harmed and responsible party. At Common Justice, we hold and model this value throughout the organization.”