Marilyn M. Roberts, Acting Director
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Marilyn M. Roberts
Acting Director of OVC
Marilyn M. Roberts is the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), where she oversees its programs and services to help victims in the aftermath of crime and to provide continued support to them as they rebuild their lives. During her previous tenure as the Deputy Director for OVC’s State Compensation and Assistance and Operations Division, she had oversight of OVC’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) formula grant program, as well as internal operations, including budget, training and technical assistance, and communications functions. Ms. Roberts has been with the U.S. Department of Justice since May 1995.
Prior to joining OVC in October 2013, Ms. Roberts spent 11 years with the Office of Justice Program’s (OJP) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), starting as a special advisor to the Administrator and becoming the Deputy Administrator for Programs in 2004. In that capacity, Ms. Roberts oversaw the three programmatic divisions of OJJDP. She personally oversaw the enhancement of several national program initiatives, including Internet Crimes Against Children, Missing and Exploited Children, National and Local Mentoring, and Juvenile and Family Drug Courts. Before joining OJJDP, she was the director of the Drug Courts Program Office at OJP. Before her government service, Ms. Roberts held several management positions during her 18-year career at the National Center for State Courts, a private, nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of state court administration. She has staffed and directed national-scope research projects and has written on a number of court administration topics, including legislative relations, substance abuse and the courts, and gender bias in the courts.
Ms. Roberts holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Denver and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Court Executive Development Program of the Institute for Court Management of the National Center for State Courts.
Ms. Roberts was named Acting Director of OVC on January 3, 2017.