Corinna Yazbek is a Site Advisor for the Proof of Concept Cohort Project at PDA's LEAD National Support Bureau. Prior to joining PDA, Corinna was with the Vera Institute of Justice, serving as Project Manager for New Orleans LEAD. In this role, she worked closely with community and government partners to plan and launch a LEAD pilot in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. In 2018, her efforts were recognized by the New Orleans Gambit, a weekly arts and culture publication, in which she was named one of the city’s 40 achievers under the age of 40.
Previously, she worked with organizations and community leaders at the intersections of economic justice, mass incarceration, and reproductive justice on local, state, and national levels. Personally impacted by the war on drugs, she understands the ways in which using a criminal justice approach to address public health issues devastates families and communities, and is committed to working with sites around the country to shift the culture, policies, and practice of policing. The first in her family to attend college, Corinna holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, concentrating on gender, race, and power in America.