Rhonda McKitten recently served as a Stoneleigh Fellow and Youth Policy and Training Specialist at the Philadelphia Police Department. Through her Fellowship, she worked to reduce the escalation of conflicts and improve interactions between police and young people in Philadelphia. She still serves as Project Director for the development of Philadelphia’s new juvenile justice hub, known as the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Rhonda is a juvenile justice leader who has been at the forefront of local and statewide efforts to improve relations between youth and police for over a decade. Prior to her Fellowship, Rhonda worked for 16 years at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, most recently serving as the Director of Juvenile Grants and Policy. During her tenure at the Defender Association, she spent years collaborating with justice and law enforcement leaders to create and implement police trainings and to advance efforts to tackle racial disparities in the justice system. She has trained and developed curricula for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania, and the Georgetown University Certificate Program on Diversion. Rhonda also serves as the Vice President of Pennsylvania’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation and is a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s DMC Subcommittee.
Rhonda holds a BA in psychology from Georgetown University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.