Gail Arnall

Gail Arnall

Criminal Justice Consultant
Gail stepped down as Executive Director of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) in July 2015, where she oversaw a staff of 12 and over 100 volunteers who continue to provide pre and post-incarceration services for men and women, and manage the Community Service function for Arlington and Falls Church courts. In FY15, OAR served 2,698 clients, 556 of whom were returning citizens from jail and prison. She continues to work with OAR as a consultant in Development and Outreach, while working with others in the DC Metropolitan area involved in helping former offenders when they come home. Gail has been in the Washington area for 42 years, coming from graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1974. Prior to coming to OAR, she owned and operated her own educational technology consulting firm for 17 years in Ft. Washington, MD. During those 17 years, Gail started and managed eight nationwide distance learning networks in partnership with various educational entities, serving rural high schools, American Indian tribally-controlled colleges and universities, Hispanic colleges and universities, juvenile correctional facilities in Texas, Florida and New York, and volunteers and parents involved in Reading Is Fundamental.® She raised over $60 million for her clients, primarily in federal grants. Prior to starting her own company, she served as Director of Planning and Research for National Public Radio; senior planning associate for PBS and manager of the PBS Business Channel; and held multiple positions at the Federal Communications Commission. She holds a BA from Baylor University, and an MS and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Gail is active in church and civic organizations. February 2015