Elizabeth Gaynes, President & CEO, has led the Osborne Association, a New York criminal justice nonprofit organization, for nearly 35 years. Ms. Gaynes began her legal career representing men involved in the 1971 Attica prison rebellion. She became intimately aware of the challenges faced by prison families when her husband was incarcerated, and she proceeded to raise her two children through his 25 years of incarceration.  Ms. Gaynes is a nationally recognized expert in the design and implementation of replicable programs for individuals and families, including alternatives to incarceration and re-incarceration; and parenting and family support services for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents and their children. Osborne operates family-related programs in more than 25 state prisons. Ms. Gaynes is also recognized for her leadership in advocacy and services for children of incarcerated parents. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Gaynes served as an advisor to Sesame Street Workshop as they developed their “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” toolkit for children and caregivers affected by parental incarceration. Concurrent with the launch of the toolkit, in 2013, Ms. Gaynes was named a White House Champion of Change for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Ms. Gaynes is co-author of Osborne’s recently released report on aging in prison entitled, The High Cost of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population. Prior to Osborne, she was a staff attorney at Prisoners Legal Services of New York (Albany) and an Associate at the Pretrial Justice Institute (DC). She received her BA and JD from Syracuse University.

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