ANA YÁÑEZ-CORREA, PH.D.Executive Director
Ana Yáñez-Correa was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12, where she worked as a domestic worker with her mother until she entered college. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration; she also holds a Ph.D. in Policy and Planning in Education Administration, focusing her dissertation on the school-to-prison pipeline. Throughout every stage of her education and career, Ana has taken an active leadership role in the community. She served as Chief of Staff for a State Representative during the State Legislative Session in 2001 and focused on criminal justice-related policies. In 2002, Ana became Policy Director for LULAC of Texas, where she developed and advocated for LULAC’s legislative platform during the 2003 State Legislative Session. In 2005, Ana became the Project Director for TCJC’s Solutions for Sentencing & Incarceration Project, which focuses on promoting proven, pro-family criminal justice policies that save taxpayers money and improve the safety of Texas communities. During the 2007 state legislative session, Ana was formally honored by the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate for “working toward real solutions to the problems facing the Texas criminal justice system.” During Texas’ 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions, Ana was instrumental in educating and organizing key stakeholders about the importance of adopting policies on fair defense, prison diversion, probation and parole reform, reentry, and overall criminal and juvenile justice efficiency. Since late 2005, Ana has been the Executive Director of TCJC, successfully fostering relationships among a wide range of coalition partners, criminal justice practitioners, law enforcement groups, civil rights organizations, and other community members, allowing TCJC to promote policies that serve all facets of society.