Angie M. Wolf, PhD, is NCCD’s chief program officer. She has more than 15 years of experience in community-based program evaluation and public policy research and has directed research and program work on female offenders, gang violence, children exposed to trauma, intimate partner violence, and offender treatment programs. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications on juvenile offending, domestic violence, and the development of gender-specific research and services for girls and women involved with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Angie also directs all of NCCD’s gang work. With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), she is currently leading a comprehensive research project with girls and gangs across the state of California. This research project focuses on identifying girls’ pathways to gang involvement, the nature of girls’ involvement in gang activities, and prevention and intervention strategies to reduce girls’ gang involvement. She is also evaluating a comprehensive gang and youth violence reduction plan in Salinas, California—a site for the US justice and education departments’ National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. With funding from the California Wellness Foundation and the City of Richmond, California, Angie evaluated a gun violence reduction and mentorship program for young men involved in gun violence in Richmond.
Angie possesses considerable experience directing national, multisite research and technical assistance efforts. She served as the principal investigator for the OJJDP-funded National Evaluation of Parents Anonymous®, the only federally funded child abuse prevention program in the United States. Through evaluating a network of community-based social support groups, this longitudinal research project assessed the effectiveness of Parents Anonymous in reducing child abuse. From 2007 to 2012, Angie managed the California Cities Gang Prevention Network (CCGPN), a network of California cities committed to developing and implementing comprehensive, strategic plans targeting gang and youth violence. Other multisite efforts include the national evaluation of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, the Nationwide Human Service and Employment Study, the National Evaluation of Community Assessment Centers, and the Hawaii Youth Recidivism Study.