Lynn Overmann serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Ms. Overmann leads the White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative, focused on data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal system and to change approaches to pre-trial incarceration so that low risk offenders no longer stay in jail simply because they cannot afford a bond. Ms. Overmann oversees Team CTO’s Social and Criminal Justice reform efforts, including work on the White House Police Data Initiative, which focuses on using data to drive more effective community policing practices and opening police data to increase transparency and accountability.
Prior to her work at the CTO’s office, Ms. Overmann was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Justice, helping to launch the Access to Justice Initiative which focused on criminal and juvenile justice reform, and improving legal services to the poor. Additionally, Ms. Overmann spent a year deployed as a senior advisor to the Mayor of New Orleans, helping to implement a range of reforms reducing the city’s jail size, helping launch the city’s first ever plan to end homelessness, and developing a project to link domestic violence legal service providers to local law firms for comprehensive pro bono representation. Before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Overmann was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida, starting her career by serving five years as a public defender.
Ms. Overmann graduated from the NYU School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.