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Terri McDonald

Chief Probation Officer
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Ms. McDonald was an invited presenter at an NIJ-sponsored event.

Ms. Terri McDonald has over 36 years of public service in mental health treatment facilities, State and local corrections. She began her professional career in 1981, serving as a mental health worker and supervisor in a variety of community based mental health and drug treatment facilities. In 1988, she began an extensive and broad-based career in law enforcement, beginning with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), serving in various capacities, and ultimately, as the Undersecretary of Operations. In this capacity, she was responsible for providing executive direction and operational oversight of the State's correction system.
Ms. McDonald has had the unique honor of having been responsible for providing executive oversight of the State of California's parole/prison/juvenile justice system, the County of Los Angeles jail system, and most recently, the County of Los Angeles probation system, with over 7,000 employees supervising over 38,000 adult and 7,000 juvenile probationers on any given day. Each of these systems are the largest of their kind in the nation, and she led them during fundamentally transformative periods.
Ms. McDonald possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement from the University of San Francisco. She is an active member of several criminal justice associations and has served on a variety of non-profit boards. Ms. McDonald is married and resides in the County of Los Angeles. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family in Northern California.

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Date Created: July 17, 2019