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  Our team brings a wide range of professional experience
to our clients:

Principal Consultants  

Katie Kramer

Barry Zack


Together, the principal consultants Katie Kramer and Barry Zack have over 50 years of experience serving and working with individuals, families and community agencies, who have been affected by incarceration.  We bring reality-based experience to our work to provide thoughtful answers to difficult questions.

In addition to the principal consultants, The Bridging Group works with a team of affiliated partners who represent some of the country's leading experts in correctional management, corrections-based research, program development and training and overall, thinkers and practitioners in the field.

"Barry Zack and Katie Kramer's work in the research and application of best practice models for 'continuity of care between correctional settings and the community' has outlined a framework of essential services that supports incarcerated individuals prepare for re-entry into the community and that sets a standard for the nation! I applaud them for continuing this important work with The Bridging Group, LLC."

John Miles, MPA (ret.)
Special Assistant for Corrections and Substance Abuse Activities,
National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Katie Kramer, MSW/MPH
CEO, Corrections, Communities and Families

Ms. Kramer has been designing and providing public health and social services since 1990. For the past 20 years, she has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of social service and health programs that serve individuals, families and communities affected by incarceration. She is an experienced agency manager with comprehensive knowledge in program oversight, agency policy development, grant writing and staff supervision. She has experience as a clinical social worker providing direct service for clients and clinical supervision for direct-line staff. Ms. Kramer is also a professional trainer and curriculum developer with over 15 years’ experience in the creation and facilitation of skills-based training.

Presently, Ms. Kramer serves as an international consultant and CEO of Corrections, Communities & Families for The Bridging Group LLC in Oakland, CA. In this capacity, she develops and conducts evaluation studies, training, technical assistance and capacity building services for governmental, non-governmental organizations and research/academic institutions working in correctional facilities or in community reentry throughout the United States and globally with projects in Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Ms. Kramer also currently serves as the Statewide Director for the California Reentry Council Network. Ms. Kramer is an appointed member on the Subcommittee on Assessment and Connections of the San Francisco County Re-entry Council, Chair of the Data and Evaluation Committee of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and Executive Steering Committee member of the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. Ms. Kramer also currently serves on the Executive Editorial Board as a Criminal Justice Expert for the Journal of Clinical Research in HIV/AIDS and Prevention.

Previously, Ms. Kramer served as a Criminal Justice Expert for the National Working Group and Planning Committee for the U.S. Women and Girls Gender Forum on HIV Prevention for the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Program Committee Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Broadway Children's School in Oakland, CA.


Barry Zack, MPH
CEO, Corrections & Health

Barry Zack is a national (U.S.) expert and international consultant in the field of correctional (prison, jail and other detention settings) and community health. He has been conducting research and directing behavioral interventions with a focus on infectious diseases (HIV/STDs/TB and hepatitis) and substance use in prison and jail settings for close to 30 years, identifying critical gaps in the field of correctional health; he has, most importantly, developed evidence-based and collaborative responses to meet these needs. Since 1986, Mr. Zack has engaged at every level of public health programming and research in the prison and jail setting, including his work as a Jail Outreach Worker, a Health Educator, and a Director of Correctional Health Programs. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of multiple national research studies.

Mr. Zack is an innovative researcher with extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of complex collaborative correctional, academic and community research projects. Mr. Zack is a demonstrated leader with strengths in the cross-cultural dynamics between corrections, public health, academia and non-
governmental/community-based organizations. He is an insightful grant reviewer with critical thinking and strategic planning experience. Mr. Zack is also an experienced educator and presenter of multiple topics concerning community health and corrections.

Previously, Mr. Zack served as an external consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings" as well as the Surgeon General's "Call to Action on Corrections and Community Health." He also served as a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, "Ethical Considerations for Revisions to the DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research."

Currently, Mr. Zack is the CEO, Corrections & Health for The Bridging Group. He has worked with many governmental ministries and departments, non-governmental organizations and research/academic institutions throughout the United States (30 US States) and globally with projects in Australia, England, Haiti, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Mr. Zack is also currently an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Community Health Systems and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Correctional Health Care.


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