Mara Schiff, Ph.D.
Dr. Mara Schiff is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, President of PeaceWorks Consulting, Inc., Vice-President of the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) and an elected member of Florida’s Indian River County School Board. Dr. Schiff has over 30 years of experience in criminal and juvenile justice research, planning, evaluation, training and teaching, focusing on restorative community justice. She has completed two edited and one co-authored book on restorative justice, numerous book chapters as well as academic journal articles in Contemporary Justice Review, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. Criminal Justice Review and elsewhere. She has received evaluation and training grants from the National Institute of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other national and local organizations. Dr. Schiff speaks and trains nationally and internationally on restorative justice in schools, communities and the interection of racial equity and restorative justice. She works with locally and nationally with school districts implementing restorative strategies to shift disciplinary policy, climate and culture, and has trained teachers, administrators, staff and school resource officers in restorative justice strategies. She has served as a consultant to the National Center of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) School-Justice Partnership Project, the Federal Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative and other initiatives. Speaking invitations have included policy and academic events such as Closing the School Discipline Gap in Washington DC, the New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children’s School-Justice Partnership Summit in New York City, the National Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnership in Washington, DC, the First and Second International Symposiums on Restorative Justice held in Skopelos, Greece, First International Conference on Child Justice and Children’s Rights, Pretoria, South Africa, and regional meetings of the Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative. Dr. Schiff served as an NACRJ board member from 2013-2017, prior to being elected as Vice-President in 2017, and she is slated to become President in 2019. She served as the conference host and lead organizer for the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice held in Fort Lauderdale Florida in 2015 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Restorative Justice Association.