Mark M. Mertens

Executive Director | Norris Adolescent Center | Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Mark Mertens is Executive Director of the Norris Adolescent Center and a member of the Columbia Justice Lab’s “Youth Corrections Leaders for Justice” coalition. He is the former Administrator for the Division of Youth and Family Services for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He has over two decades of experience as a juvenile justice manager and administrator in Wisconsin.  Mark has led local youth justice reform efforts in Outagamie and Milwaukee Counties, including participation in the Models for Change DMC Action Network funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and system integration and juvenile probation reform through the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Mark’s primary interests are in youth-centered approaches to healing trauma, community engagement, juvenile corrections reform, improving service delivery to impact positive outcomes for dual status youth, violence prevention, and reducing racial disparities in the justice system. Mark has also worked as a juvenile disposition social worker, an intensive in-home family therapist, a mobile crisis intervention counselor, and a unit manager for a residential treatment center for youth. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.