The Board of Directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is pleased to announce that Kristy Pagnutti has been hired as OJEN’s next Executive Director. This announcement follows an intensive recruitment period, which attracted a wide range of highly qualified candidates.
“We are thrilled that Kristy will be the new Executive Director of OJEN. Kristy has been an integral part of the OJEN team for many years and we are delighted that she will be taking on an even greater leadership role in the organization. We have every confidence that Kristy will be a strong, steady, compassionate and inspiring leader. We look forward to working with Kristy in the years to come as we implement our ambitious strategic plan.” — Justice Breese Davies & Leigh MacDonald, OJEN Board of Directors Co-Chairs
Kristy, who currently holds the position of Director of Capacity Building and Engagement (CBE) at OJEN, has worked with the organization since 2016. Over the past 7 years she has held increasingly senior positions, including Acting Director of Educator Support, before taking the lead in OJEN’s newest department. As Director of Capacity Building and Engagement, she has overseen OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program and volunteer management initiatives for OJEN’s 1600+ annual volunteers. Her extensive knowledge of all areas of OJEN operations is a valuable asset in her new role.
Kristy’s background includes degrees in both education and law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, in 2007. She taught for 2 years before enrolling in law school. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, in 2012 and was called to the Bar in 2013. Her dual areas of expertise make her ideally suited to lead OJEN’s justice education mandate.
“It is an absolute honour to serve as the next Executive Director of OJEN. I am delighted to work with so many talented and passionate partners and volunteers to bring justice education programs across the province.” — Kristy Pagnutti
OJEN staff also look forward to working with their colleague in her new capacity as Executive Director. Kristy officially begins the position on March 27, taking over from Jess Reekie, who steps into her new role as Executive Director of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) later this month.
For more information contact:
Nadine Demoe, Communications Manager, OJEN
416 761-9963 ext 235