Meet the Team
Who we are
The Alliance for Community & Justice Innovation is dedicated to the implementation of science based principles, practices and policies designed to innovate and bring about system change for better results. Our team brings over 80 collective years of experience with the criminal justice system, applying creativity and insight into the implementation of research-driven practices. We work with cross sector professionals to find new solutions that redefine the role and purpose of the justice system in our communities. Our partners include prisons, jails, pretrial services, community supervision agencies, criminal justice decision making boards, community and faith based organizations, human services organizations, and anyone working with people to make something happen. We believe this broad base of stakeholders gives us a unique perspective to the complexities of large and interconnected systems. Our services include research and evaluation, implementation support based on the science of implementation, policy advisement and organizational change facilitation. Understanding that people are our biggest resource in implementing change, our services include the most innovative strategies in training, coaching, fidelity tools, process improvement, and leadership development.
Dr. Alexandra Walker
Director of Community Relations & Strategy
Dr. Alexandra Walker has over 20 years in the field of corrections and reentry. She offers a diverse background in corrections, reentry reform, training/education, implementation science, and treatment modalities. Dr. Walker has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections and Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a PhD in Sociology from Colorado State University. She worked as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice on several federal, state, and locally funded research projects. She has worked with both juveniles and adults, in both institutional and reentry settings. She has managed several agency specific and statewide implementation projects involving evidence-informed practices and policies. In addition, Dr. Walker has developed, implemented, and measured fidelity of evidence-based practices and programming in community corrections programs in Colorado. Before accepting a role as Director of Community Relations and Strategy for the Alliance for Criminal Justice Innovation, Dr. Walker was appointed to the Colorado Parole Board as Vice Chair. Dr. Walker is a skilled public speaker, provides research and evaluation support to implementation efforts, coaches staff on implementation and behavior change efforts, and develops practices and resources for specialized populations.
Glenn Tapia, MPA
Director of Leadership & Organizational Intelligence
Glenn Tapia has over 30 years of leadership and criminal justice experience in the public sector. His career includes 19 consecutive years with the State of Colorado in strategic oversight and advancement of Colorado’s community-based corrections system and 7 years of upper management experience. He currently is the Director of Probation Services at the State Court Administrators Office. His experience with the state policy process, strategic implementation of evidence -based practices and programs, and multi-level collaboration is augmented with advanced education and experience with academic instruction and professional consultation. Glenn has a strong commitment to excellence in criminal justice administration that is centered in the application of science to public safety policy. Glenn’s current areas of expertise are in Implementation Leadership, Evidence-Based Practices; Sanctions and Incentives; Risk/Need/Responsivity and Risk/Need Assessment; Substance Abuse Treatment Matching; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Implementation Science; Adaptive Leadership; the Brain, Habits and Decision Making; Evidence-Based Decision Making for Justice Systems; and Community Based Corrections.
Johanna Leal, MA
Director of Innovation & Implementation Capacity
Johanna Leal has 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative programs for criminal justice and human services agencies, courts, schools and non-profit organizations. Some of these programs include reentry programs in prisons, parole and jails, justice reinvestment programs in the community, restorative practices in schools, and specialized workforce development programs for youth, women and formerly incarcerated people. She has also designed strength-based training, coaching and implementation models to support organizations leading change initiatives. Johanna enjoys working with multiple systems to increase collective impact and tackle complicated problems. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Education from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Director of Strategic Operations
Allison Tapia has over 15 years of experience leading innovation in criminal justice and community-based corrections. Most recently she was leading as a supervisor in a progressive pretrial service agency in the City and County of Denver. Allison has advanced pretrial practice in Denver with implementation and improvement of structured decision-making practices along with the addition of needs assessment to the pretrial intake and release processes. While with the State of Colorado, Allison also coordinated and led a large-scale effort to bring implementation science to Colorado community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and community behavioral health settings. The project involved scientific implementation of Motivational Interviewing to more than 1000 criminal justice and behavioral health practitioners throughout the state. This major scale project was the first of its kind to introduce and formally apply the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) model to an entire state system. Allison played a central role to lead this effort along with a highly progressive and forward-thinking team of implementation specialists at the EPIC Resource Center.