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.

Elie Zwiebel | Education Law Staff Attorney
Elie Zwiebel is a juvenile civil rights attorney based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to attending law school, Elie taught a variety of subjects to a diversity of students in the Detroit Area, Chicago, Portland, Shenzhen, and Nanjing. Through these expereinces, Elie developed a passion for student and family advocacy–specifically for fighting the school to prison pipeline. In addition to working with CJDC to support families and students facing harsh school disciplinary actions, Elie investigates and evaluates educational and mental health history of young people facing charges, builds service plans, and advocates for community based solutions and mitigation. Elie has written successful federal clemency petitions for men sentenced to life for low-level nonviolent drug offenses, has contributed to federal investigations of patterns and practices of discrimination in local police departments, and has performed legislative analysis for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He proudly does whatever he can to help support people who have been traditionally and personally disenfranchised and marginalized.

Amanda Butler | Consultant
Ms. Butler is the principal of BOOST Consulting, a woman-owned consulting firm specializing in publications and marketing, grant management, program development, and strategic planning. Prior to launching BOOST, Amanda directed CJDC’s “Access to Juvenile Justice: Rural and Tribal Southwest Project” which studied access to and quality of counsel for youth facing criminal charges in the rural and Tribal regions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah (Southwest region). Amanda is a a Colorado native and a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver. She 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. She is also the founding director of the Colorado Prison Arts Festival.