Jeffrey Locke

Program Director
Public Safety And Legal Counsels

Jeffrey Locke serves as a program director in the NGA Center for Best Practices, where he focuses on issues including adult criminal justice reform, opioids, stimulants, corrections, school safety, human trafficking, traffic safety, and juvenile justice. The criminal justice and public safety program supports Governors and their staff in developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to states’ most pressing public safety challenges.

Over the last four years, Locke has co-directed NGA’s opioid program, which has supported nearly all states with public health and public safety strategic planning, policy development, and implementation practices. Through this initiative, Locke has supported states through technical assistance opportunities on public safety responses to the epidemic and has helped to craft Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States and the Governors’ Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis. He is a frequent commentator on strategies to address substance use disorders and justice-involved individuals, opioid emergency declarations, drug supply trends, and reentry frameworks.

Additionally, Locke has led NGA’s work in the National Criminal Justice Reform Project, a multi-organizational effort to support five states in developing reform strategies to address pretrial, reentry, and incarceration levels. He has written on juvenile justice and traffic safety issues and has published on drug policy issues in the Arizona State Law Journal at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Locke has also given featured remarks at conferences hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Harvard University, RX Summit, Pew Charitable Trusts, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Mathematica.

Prior to joining NGA, Locke worked in U.S. foreign assistance and served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. Locke holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Jeffrey originally hails from New York.