Jac Charlier, MPA

National Director for Justice Initiatives

A nationally recognized expert in pre-arrest diversion, Jac Charlier specializes in community corrections policy and civic engagement, including developing strategies and solutions that meet the needs of both the criminal justice system and the community. He currently leads criminal justice consulting and training services for the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at TASC, specializing in system-level solutions to substance use and mental health challenges across the criminal justice system. CHJ provides national and international training, consulting, public policy strategy, and research dissemination to help create more just justice systems.

Jac joined TASC in 2011 after 16 years of service in the State Parole Division of the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he specialized in building connections between parole and the community, and bringing innovations from research into practice. Beginning as a street parole officer, he rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief, Northern Region, leading system-wide parole operations for the Chicago metropolitan area. In this capacity, he was responsible for approximately 20,000 people on parole, 275 staff, eight facilities, and a budget of $30 million.

He served as the criminal justice representative for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an adjunct faculty member at several Chicago-area universities, where he teaches criminal justice courses around ethics, leadership, research, and management. He also speaks regularly on the topics of civic engagement, community building, and criminal justice reform.

Jac is a military veteran and is active with the American Legion, where he connects Boy and Girl Scouts with veterans and the local Legion Post. He is also the chair of the National Eagle Scout Association, Chicagoland Chapter, linking young Eagle Scouts with seasoned scouts for mentoring, fellowship, and growth.

He received his Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at University of Illinois at Urbana.

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