Nancy Ware is a nonresident fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She has more than three decades’ experience in the management and administration of juvenile and adult criminal justice programs on the local, state, and national levels. Before assuming leadership of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, Ware guided the agency’s compliance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, focusing on strategic planning and performance measurement.
Ware’s professional career includes service as the first executive director of the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, director of technical assistance and training for the US Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed Program, and director of national programs for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. Early in her career, Ware was executive director of the Rainbow Coalition, executive director of the Citizenship Education Fund, and executive director of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Youth Initiatives Office. Ware holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Howard University.