Regina B. Schofield was confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) on June 8, 2005. Assistant Attorney General Schofield is responsible for providing overall management and oversight of OJP, whose mission is to enlarge the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. She also guides the development of OJP policy and priorities and coordinates the activities of its bureaus and offices.
Assistant Attorney General Schofield oversees OJP activities related to major Bush Administration initiatives, including Project Safe Neighborhoods, the President’s DNA Initiative, the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and Helping America’s Youth. She also serves as the national AMBER Alert Coordinator, in which role she encourages and facilitates the creation and strengthening of regional, state, and local plans to aid in recovering abducted children.
Before her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Schofield was Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this dual capacity, she served as the HHS Secretary’s senior advisor on state, local, and tribal perspectives regarding HHS policies and programs and as a principal link between HHS and the White House. She also oversaw the Secretary’s 10 regional directors located across the country and managed the Department’s portfolio of boards and committees.
Before joining HHS, Ms. Schofield was manager of government relations at the U.S. Postal Service, where she worked on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Postal Service and implemented strategies involving congressional activity. Previously, she was manager of environmental issues at the International Council of Shopping Centers where she followed the Clean Water Act reauthorization, Endangered Species Act reform, Superfund, property rights, and telecommunications and utility deregulation.
Ms. Schofield received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College and an M.B.A. from Jackson State University.