MaryLee Underwood, JD, serves as the Executive Director for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles. She is responsible for the administrative oversight and supervision of the organization, its projects, relationships, and staff. In addition to overseeing the national office staff, Ms. Underwood recommends, implements, and monitors administration of policies, programs, and initiatives; assists Commission Members working to implement the Compact through the United States; and represents the Commission to state leaders, other stakeholders, and the general public. Prior to joining the ICJ, Ms. Underwood worked for more than twenty years on justice policy on state and federal levels. As the Staff Attorney for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, she focused on sexual violence, human trafficking, victims’ rights, collaboration building, and ensuring equal access for individuals with disabilities and other marginalized populations. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of Kentucky School of Social Work.