Legal & Policy Director
Caren has been a dedicated advocate for juvenile justice and child welfare for more than twenty years. Before joining Georgia Appleseed, Caren served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Fulton County Juvenile Court as well as the Court Program Administrator for Court. Caren also previously served as Legal Director for the Truancy Intervention Project Georgia (TIP Georgia) and as an adjunct professor of Juvenile Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law.
A third generation Atlantan, Caren is a proud graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools system, Clark Atlanta University, and the University of Georgia School of Law.
Caren currently serves as the immediate Past President of the Gate City Bar Association and is a former member-at-large of the Atlanta Bar Association’s (ABA) Board of Directors and the Atlanta Board of Education Ethics Commission. She is also a past co-chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Law School Outreach Committee and a current co-chair of the ABA’s Minority and Diversity Clerkship Committee.
Caren was selected as an honoree amongst the “The Atlanta 500”, Atlanta Magazine’s 2019 Annual Guide to the City’s Most Powerful Leaders, and has successfully completed both the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Certified Public Manager Program under the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia.
Caren is the recipient of several awards including: Distinguished Service Award, Atlanta Bar Association (2018 and 2016), the Fred Gray Social Justice Award, John Marshall Law School (2010), the Child Advocate Award, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division, Juvenile Law Committee (2010), and Best Service to the Public, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (2002-03).
Caren lives in Atlanta with her son.