Our Mission

Through the provision of direct services and community-based care, Esperanza works to create a safe and productive response to the challenges and needs of court-involved youth.


Esperanza was founded in 2002 as a project of the Vera Institute of Justice, and incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2006. Esperanza works with young people and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Esperanza began its direct services working with young people charged in delinquency cases in family court. Beginning in 2012, Esperanza began to accept youth up to eighteen years of age being prosecuted in Criminal/Supreme Court, including fourteen and fifteen year olds being charged as Juvenile Offenders and those sixteen to eighteen with felony charges. The adolescents who are prosecuted as juvenile offenders and “adults” most often live with their families. Along with other stakeholders, Esperanza believes that many can benefit from family-based services, with the overarching goal of reducing the use of placement as well as detention and incarceration.

Board of Directors

  • Earl Ward

    Partner, Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLP

  • Dr. Albert Wildman

    Professor of Business Administration, Swiss Management Center (SMC University)

  • Michael Jacobson

    Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

  • David Holman, Esq.

  • David Olsen

    Officer, Jump Trading

  • Karen Goldstein

    Counsel to the Executive Director, CUNY Institute of State and Local Governance

  • Greg Klemm

    Controller, Vera Institute of Justice

  • Jenny Kronenfeld
    President & Executive Director

  • Casey Eiseman

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