DeAnna Hoskins is the new president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). Hoskins has been a leader in the justice system for years at the local, state and federal levels. She comes to JLUSA from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, where she served as senior policy advisor and as deputy director of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council. Prior to that, Hoskins was the director of reentry for Hamilton County, Ohio for over five years. In this position she was responsible for helping to drastically reduce recidivism and correctional spending while increasing public safety and redirecting funds and services to focus on at-risk populations.
Her experience on the state level was just before her Hamilton County job, serving the state of Indiana first as a correctional casework manager in the Indiana Dept. of Correction and then as a program administrator and criminal justice liaison. Hoskins earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mount St. Joseph University and a master’s degree in criminal justice and corrections from the University of Cincinnati. When first starting her bachelor’s degree in 2005, she already had over five years of experience in the sector working at the substance abuse and mental health treatment outpatient service provider House of Hope, Inc. in Cincinnati. Hoskins is a licensed clinical addictions counselor, a peer recovery coach, a trained community health worker and a certified workforce development specialist trainer for formerly incarcerated people.
Hoskins has a deeply personal connection to helping those involved with addiction and the justice system as she once suffered from a nine-year addiction that led to her being separated from her children and serving a short sentence in a correctional center. It was after this ordeal that she dedicated herself to motherhood and what would become a distinguished career in the justice system. “DeAnna Hoskins is the perfect leader to continue JustLeadershipUSA’s work to redefine justice in the United States,” said Vivian Nixon, chair of the JLUSA board, in a press release about the appointment. “DeAnna’s personal experience with incarceration; her experience with legislation and campaigns to benefit incarcerated people; and her powerful transformative advocacy through local, state, and national government, uniquely position her to lead policy reform and to amplify directly-impacted leadership and solutions…” DeAnna Hoskins began duties as president of JLUSA effective July 15, 2018.