Ontario Justice Education Network welcomes Kristy Pagnutti as executive director

She has worked with OJEN since 2016, managing several initiatives

Ontario Justice Education Network welcomes Kristy Pagnutti as executive director
Kristy Pagnutti

The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) named Kristy Pagnutti its next executive director. 

Pagnutti has worked with OJEN since 2016. Before being appointed executive director, she served as director of Capacity Building and Engagement (CBE). She had overseen OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program and volunteer management initiatives for more than 1,600 annual volunteers. She has held increasingly senior positions at OJEN over the past seven years, including acting director of educator support.

Pagnutti earned a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She obtained her law degree from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2012 and was called to the bar in 2013. 

“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. We are delighted that she will be taking on an even greater leadership role in the organization,” OJEN board of directors co-chairs Justice Breese Davies and Leigh MacDonald said in a press release.

Pagnutti will officially begin her new role on March 27, taking over from Jess Reekie, appointed executive director of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).

The OJEN board of directors said that Pagnutti’s appointment followed an intensive recruitment process, which attracted a wide range of highly qualified candidates. The board noted that Pagnutti’s extensive knowledge of all areas of OJEN operations is an asset in her new role.

“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,” Pagnutti said.

OJEN is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization developing innovative educational tools that introduce young people to the justice system, help them understand the law, and build their legal capability.

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