Reclaiming Futures Staff Biographies

We are housed in the Regional Research Institute for Human Services of the School of Social Work at Portland State University, in Portland, OR.

Evan ElkinEvan Elkin

National Executive Director
Phone: (503) 725-8911

Evan Elkin is a nationally respected innovator and leader in the field of juvenile justice, child welfare reform, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and youth development. Originally trained as a psychologist at New York University and researcher at the New York Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University’s Department of Child Psychiatry, his work has been at the intersection of public health and social justice for the nations most vulnerable populations. Most recently, Evan designed a treatment alternative to incarceration program for mentally ill adults for the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, and served as the Director of the Department of Planning and Government Innovation for the Vera Institute of Justice where he was a member of the senior management team. He also oversaw Vera’s work in the area of Child Welfare and Justice and served as Project Director for two successful demonstration projects. For more than a decade, Evan has been a trusted technical advisor in the government and non-profit sectors on policy strategy, program development, evaluation and training, and was the treatment model developer for the Vera Institute’s acclaimed Adolescent Portable Therapy program, as well as Reclaiming Futures’ new juvenile justice focused approach to Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). He has served as a consultant in the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Phoenix House, The Children’s Village, and is one of the founders of the Stargate Theatre Company – a theatre company for formerly incarcerated youth.


Jim CarltonJim Carlton
Deputy Director
Phone: (503) 725-8954

A long-time employee of Portland State University, Jim Carlton began with Reclaiming Futures when the project was still in its planning phase. He has served as deputy director since 2004. His responsibilities include assisting the director with overall management of the Reclaiming Futures initiative and the national program office (NPO), developing and monitoring the national program office budget, and management and coordination of grantee requirements. Before Reclaiming Futures, he provided administrative support to the director’s office at the Regional Research Institute, the research branch of the School of Social Work. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.


Bridget MurphyBridget Murphy
Program And Policy Analyst
Phone: (503) 725-8924

Bridget Murphy understands behavioral health issues from a personal, family, and professional experience. She joins the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office as the Program and Policy Analyst. Bridget will support the NPO by improving upon and measuring the impact of Reclaiming Futures. She has more than two decades of experience in the behavioral health field and has worked as a provider, project director/principal investigator, evaluator, consultant, and federal contractor. She has a particular interest in improving access to and quality of behavioral health services and its workforce through evidence-based practices, participant protections, peer and family recovery supports, integrated care (e.g.,co-occuring), participatory evaluation methods, and translating science into practice. Bridget has a master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.


Christa MyersChrista Myers
Fellowship Program Manager
Phone: (503) 725-8912

Christa Myers manages the activities for the five Reclaiming Futures fellowships. Her previous experience includes: Project Director for Hocking County Reclaiming Futures, Logan, Ohio; Reclaiming Futures coach; Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court specialized docket; Ohio State University Extension, Hocking County (4-H program); National Crime Prevention Council, Youth Division in Washington, DC; Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Sunday Creek Associates (Youth Entrepreneurial Project). Christa has served on many volunteer boards, intertwining her interests photography and ceramics with social issues, like hunger. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology, with minors in German and Russian area studies, at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with her main work experience in the area of youth development.


Kate KnappettKate Knappett
Phone: (503) 725-8911

Kate Knappett provides admin support and web content coordination for the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office. A long-time employee of Portland State University (PSU), she previously provided admin and communications support for PSU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Online Program (CCJO). Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from The Evergreen State College and she has studied Technical Writing and Editing at PSU. Her interests include youth justice, community media, writing, filmmaking, and performing.