Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer was a research intern in the Center for Justice Research and Evaluation at ICJIA. He currently serves as a Recovery Counselor at Trilogy Behavioral Health, where he works with people recovering from severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. Christopher is also a Senior Consultant with Productive Strategies, Inc., where he leads the nonprofit practice area. He has consulted on fundraising strategy and grant proposal development with a wide array of nonprofit organizations, including healthcare practices at major hospital systems, criminal justice reentry programs, therapeutic schools, and adolescent substance use recovery centers. Christopher holds an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Christopher Mayer is Authority Research Intern.


Entrepreneurship for the Formerly Incarcerated: A Process Evaluation of the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) Program
May 28, 2019 | Report | prisoner reentry
Formerly incarcerated individuals may be unable to secure stable employment and struggle to acquire income; however, opening a small business may offer this population an alternative to the traditional job market. Researchers evaluated the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) program, which offered training in entrepreneurship and other resources to those returning from Illinois prisons to Cook County. Researchers examined delivery of PERC’s entrepreneurship training, experiences of program participants and training staff, program completion among participants, and knowledge gains with information from focus groups, surveys, interviews, and administrative records. Feedback from staff and participants was mostly positive and the program increased entrepreneurship knowledge. However, engaging the 72 returning citizens in the program was a challenge—of all eligible participants, 16 attended the first week of training (22 percent) and only 12 graduated the program (17 percent).
By Justin Escamilla, Jessica Reichert, Lauren Weisner, And Christopher Mayer
The Intersection of Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System
July 3, 2018 | Article | Homeless
This article offers an overview of state and national homelessness including prevalence and causes of homelessness, criminal justice system contacts with the homeless, and recommendations to address homelessness with a focus on justice-involved populations.
By Christopher Mayer And Jessica Reichert