CJDC Staff

Meet Our Staff

Jeff Cuneo | Executive Director
Jeff is an attorney in private practice in Denver.  He specializes in juvenile delinquency and criminal matters.  A fairly recent transplant to the state, Mr. Cuneo was an Assistant Public Defender in Sacramento County, California for 10 years.  He handled everything from homicides to petty offenses, and focused his practice on representing juveniles facing charges in adult court.  Mr. Cuneo was the Program Director for the Placer County Re-entry Program, where he implemented a program assisting and providing resources to recently released inmates.  He was elected to, and served as a Trustee on the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education.  He is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.  He currently serves as a member of both the Denver Great Kids Head Start Policy Council and the Denver Early Childhood Policy Committee.  He also volunteers his time providing legal services to Denver homeless youth.  He is married to his wife Carrie, and has two children, Charlie and Haddie.

Amanda Butler | 
Access to Justice Program Manager
Amanda runs the Access to Justice: The Rural and Tribal Southwest project, which studies access to specialized and quality juvenile defense in the rural and tribal areas of the Southwest Region. Amanda is a Denver native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication. She also holds certificates in mediation and public relations, has been recognized as both a Gorniak and Puksta Fellowship scholar, and is a recipient of the Lael Porter Community Service Award. Her work outside of the office includes service on the auxiliary board for Family HomeStead. Amanda is also the founding director of the Colorado Prison Arts Festival.

Mandee Johnson | Access to Justice Contract Administrative Assistant
Recently hired Mandee Johnson is entering her senior year at the University of Colorado Denver and will be working part-time with CJDC as she completes her degree in Communications, graduating in the Spring of 2018. Also, as a recognized Puksta Fellowship scholar, Mandee is making her final year count by investing in the lives of  at-risk students through a collaborative mentorship program with CU Denver student leaders called RECIPROCITY. The focus of her senior project is to empower Denver’s youth through service learning and activities outside of the classroom so that they too can become leaders in their own communities to address the root causes of social inequality. Her passion for social justice continues to bloom as she is just getting started in what she hopes to be a lifelong career of advocacy.