Najja Morris-Frazier is the Director of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Support Bureau and currently leads a U.S. based team of four.
Najja and her team are responsible for providing technical assistance to national and international jurisdictions who are working to launch LEAD programs in their communities; this includes all phases of implementation from exploratory to launch, operations, sustaining and expansion of their initiatives.
Prior to joining the LEAD Support Bureau in early 2017, Najja was a Case Manager and Direct Services Supervisor in the LEAD pilot program in Seattle, Washington for four years. Before coming to LEAD, Najja dedicated over 20 years working within urban communities of Seattle on behalf of a wide array of marginalized and disenfranchised populations who had been deeply harmed by a combination of disparities in education, the criminal legal system, housing, and healthcare systems. Najja worked intensively with African-American youth impacted by the war on drugs, those who were gang involved, homeless, in foster-care, struggling with addiction, and disproportionately impacted by the juvenile justice system. Her experience working with youth, and their families, drove her passion to move further “up-stream” to begin working with the adult population, and ultimately, the LEAD program. Najja has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and enjoys her life in Charlotte with her wife and their dog, Quincie.