A. Ann Ratnayake J.D./BBA
Ann Ratnayake is the Managing Director at the National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy. Ann began her career working on children’s issues at the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.
As a Senior Staff Attorney, she worked strategically as a liaison between state prosecutors and federally funded child abuse initiatives. Ann assisted front-line prosecutors functioning as a subject matter expert. She has drafted legislation, reports, and memorandums on child abuse, neglect and other criminal justice issues. Ann supervised attorneys, communicated with stakeholders and configured grant applications to meet the needs of the field. She also managed and tracked deliverables, and wrote the final, progress, and semiannual reports for 5.9 million dollars of Department of Justice grant funding.
She managed complex trial advocacy trainings, conferences, and wrote for NDAA’s publications. Her main area of research focuses on addressing family and domestic violence within the in the framework of the criminal justice system. Her articles include U.S. v. Jones: Signaling Change to Search and Seizure under the Fourth Amendment, Juvenile Sex Offenses: Finding Justice, and Berghuis v. Thompkins: Invocation and Waiver of the Miranda Right to Remain Silent, and The Confrontation Clause After Ohio v. Clark: The Path to Reinvigorating Evidenced-Based Prosecution in Intimate Partner Violence Cases which is slated to be co-published by NDAA and the George Washington Law Review. She is currently writing the legislative reform chapter for the upcoming textbook Investigation and Prosecution of Child Torture. She serves on the leadership for the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and is a Presidential Leadership Scholar ‘Class of 2018.
Ann has also worked on Capitol Hill for the Texas 17 District, at the International Trade Administration, and for the Western District of Texas – Waco Division, Federal Court. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and the District of Columbia Bar. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University Mays School of Business in 2005 where she received the Ford Foundation Scholar Award, and from Baylor University Law School in 2009 where she was awarded the Alice Gist Dunaway Foundation Professional Responsibility Award and the Dean’s Academic Excellence Award. Ann is an advocate for policies that eradicate family violence.
Director of Policy and Engagement
Leslie Jones, JD
Leslie Craig Jones, JD, is dedicated to providing children in abusive situations with a voice and a safe environment within which to flourish. As an adult survivor of child abuse, she is well aware of the difficulties abused children have in seeking protection and being heard. To this end, Mrs. Jones prepared and implemented a high school level program for classroom use that identified child abuse issues important to the specific students attending the class. These issues were reviewed by both the teacher and Mrs. Jones, separately, and addressed by Mrs. Jones in a one hour question and answer session. In keeping with her legal training, Mrs. Jones also sought and obtained changes to Washington State law that protect students from predatory and inappropriate behavior by adults employed by school districts statewide. Her awareness efforts at district administrative levels lead to the adoption of a teacher in-service training program and Title IX Sexual Harassment Manual for staff and instructors. Mrs. Jones graduated from Texas A&M University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Cum Laude; The University of Houston College of Law in 1981 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence; and, most recently, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2011, serving as the Class Speaker. While her professional background is in the banking industry, Mrs. Jones’ greatest joy is in her family: her husband of 37 years and their two daughters. She is passionate about improving resources for abuse survivors, along with raising awareness and encouraging those who have been injured by abuse to persevere, there is healing.
Bipin earned his MS in Computers/Information Science from Cleveland State University and his MBA in Finance from George Washington University School of Business. Bipin has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Technology, Project Management and operations at Thomson Reuters, ABC Imaging, AARP and Rosetta Stone. Bipin is responsible for establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. He oversees costs, general accounting, and utilizing and maximizing donations for mission-driven goals. In his spare time, Bipin enjoys hosting art exhibits, cultural events and training for triathlons.
Director of Communications
Akosua is a native of the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University. There she supported her major with a minor in Family Studies. Her Masters of Arts degree in Contemporary Communications from The Notre Dame of Maryland University has endowed her with the necessary tools to communicate messages effectively. Akosua utilizes technology and modern public relations approaches for promoting legal developments, policy developments, medical and social welfare research, and technology innovations which protect children from abuse and neglect.