Rhonda McKitten, Esq.


Rhonda McKitten, Esq., is a highly respected juvenile justice leader, who has been at the forefront of local and statewide efforts to improve the relationship between youth and police for over a decade.  Prior to her Fellowship, Rhonda worked for 16 years at the Defender Association of Philadelphia in a variety of capacities, most recently serving as the Director of Juvenile Grants and Policy. 

During her tenure at the Defender Association, she spent years collaborating with justice and law enforcement leaders to create and implement police trainings, and to advance the City and State’s efforts to tackle racial disparities in the justice system.  She has trained and developed curricula for organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania; and the Georgetown University Certificate Program on Diversion. 

Rhonda also serves as the Vice President of Pennsylvania’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation and as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s DMC Subcommittee.  Rhonda earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Georgetown University.