Meet the NCJA President and Vice President
Andrew LeFevre, President
Executive Director, AZ Criminal Justice Commission
Andrew T. LeFevre is the Executive Director for the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) since July of 2016. Before being selected as Executive Director, he served as the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison for ACJC, where he acted as the primary spokesperson with members of the media regarding ACJC’s programs and criminal justice information. He also represented ACJC and its legislative priorities with Arizona’s elected officials.
Director LeFevre previously served as the Director of Public Relations for the Arizona Department of Education and the State’s elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Before relocating to Arizona, Director LeFevre served as Executive Director of the REACH Alliance and REACH Foundation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he oversaw the expansion of the state’s innovative Educational Improvement Tax Credit program from $45 million to $70 million bringing greater educational options to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania students and families.
Director LeFevre started his career in Washington, DC where he worked for a number of criminal justice and education organizations, ultimately serving as the Executive Director for the Association of Private Correctional and Treatment Organizations, a national 501(c)(4) trade organization representing private corrections companies and those companies and organizations that provide services to the prison industry.
Throughout his 25 year career, Director LeFevre has written numerous articles about educational and criminal justice issues, appeared on various local and national radio and television programs, and has represented the interests of law enforcement officers and victims of crime with members of the media and elected officials all across the nation.
Director LeFevre holds a Masters in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Director LeFevre serves on several appointed state boards including the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, the Arizona Department of Homeland Security's Senior Advisory Committee, and the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership.
Jennifer Brinkman, Vice President
Director, TN Office of Justice Programs
Jennifer Brinkman brings her expertise in working in the field of violence against women to the Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP), with over twenty years of professional experience working in the criminal justice field. As the Director of OCJP, she is responsible for over $60 million in federal and state funds for criminal justice initiatives. Director Brinkman has been with the state for over nine years. Jennifer started at OCJP as Governor Haslam’s first Public Safety Action Plan was underway, which focused on violent crime and domestic violence.
Director Brinkman brings her knowledge of the criminal justice system to the plan through the identification of gaps and available resources to meet those gaps by coordinating local government, state government, and community agencies across the state to leverage available resources to better serve the citizens of Tennessee. In her time at OCJP, Director Brinkman has been responsible for implementing Governor Haslam’s Public Safety initiatives to decrease domestic violence in the state.
Director Brinkman's work includes: increasing the number of family justice centers from 2 in 2012 to nine in 2018; implementing a statewide lethality assessment program with law enforcement; and coordinating statewide stakeholder meetings on violence against women. Before coming to OCJP, Director Brinkman worked for 2 years for the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole where she implemented evidence based programming for offenders under the supervision of the Board. Director Brinkman's work in multiple levels of the criminal justice system demonstrates her commitment to improving outcomes for offenders and victims. Director Brinkman's past work experience includes the YWCA of Nashville and the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.