Shay Bilchik currently serves as a Stoneleigh Fellow in partnership with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. In this role, he is examining the degree to which young people in Pennsylvania are involved in multiple public systems, focusing primarily on child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health; assessing the extent to which those systems coordinate and work across silos to address the needs of young people holistically; and developing practice and policy standards to promote an enhanced, multi-systems approach in Pennsylvania to serving youth and their families. He is also providing support and strategic guidance to Stoneleigh’s Fellows who are working across systems to improve youth outcomes.
Shay is a nationally recognized leader in youth justice and child welfare reform and the Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to joining Georgetown, Shay served as the President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America and led the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, he advocated for and supported a balanced and multi-systems approach to addressing youth crime and child victimization. Previously, Shay was an Assistant State Attorney under State Attorney Janet Reno in Miami, Florida, where he also served as Juvenile Division Chief and Chief Assistant State Attorney.
Shay holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a JD from the University of Florida.