Keturah J. Herron, born and raised in Kentucky, is a social justice advocate and change agent with over 15 years of experience working with youth and families involved in the social service and criminal justice systems. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a Masters in Juvenile Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. While in graduate school, Keturah focused on the effects of parental incarceration on youth and disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system. Since then, she has mentored and supported youth and families in rural and urban Kentucky as well as communities in South Carolina and Hawaii, working in a variety of settings – juvenile youth facilities, community-based organizations and in the court system.
More recently, Keturah’s work has focused on policy change through a social justice lens. She is working closely with the Jefferson County Public Schools System Alternative School Task Force and Race Equity Policy in, Louisville with a focus on ending the school to prison pipeline. She is also active with several local groups: Kentuckians For the Commonwealth; Black Lives Matter Louisville; ACLU of Kentucky; and Louisville Family Justice Advocates. Currently, Herron is building culturally responsive curriculum for justice involved youth that integrates trauma-informed healing and leadership development.