Erica Mateo

Project Director, Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation; Bard Prison Initiative Alumni

Erica Mateo is the Project Director of Neighborhood Safety Initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation. Erica oversees the strategic planning and implementation of CPTED, place-making and built environment projects at the Center’s neighborhood operating projects across NYC. She leads collaborative community planning processes, oversees staff and stakeholder trainings and secures resources for project sustainability. At the Center, her public space work looks to improve public health and safety by supporting local problem-solving and improving efficacy in resident and government collaboration. Projects range from the strategic use of lighting, greenery, way-finders and streetscape to the revitalization of a blighted lot into an outdoor youth clubhouse. Formerly, the Deputy Director of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, Erica oversaw the launch and development of the Belmont Ave Revitalization Project, the Justice Center’s anti-violence campaign, and civic training for court-involved youth 16-24 years old. Erica graduated from Bard College.