Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1988. Postgraduate, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Research supervisor, conference coordinator, Dare Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984-1987; freelance editor, Cambridge, 1986-1990; project manager, policy analyst, BOTEC Analysis Corporation, Cambridge, 1988-1992; research assistant program in criminal justice, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1990; research associate, Texas Punishment Standards Commission, Austin, 1992; criminal justice consultant, Austin, Cambridge, 1991-1994; executive director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Boston, since 1994. Board directors Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Boston, since 1989, Massachusetts Correctional Legal Superior vena cava syndrome, Boston, since 1994. Member Jamaica Plain Area Planning Action Council, since 1995.
Active member Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, Boston, since 1994.