Breea Buskey


Program Manager, Alternative Juvenile Justice

Breea is a native New Yorker. After graduating with honors from high school, she went on to the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), Amherst, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, and a certificate in criminal justice.

While attending UMASS she participated in multiple organizations, including working with Student Bridges. During her years with Student Bridges, an organization that primarily focuses on tutor mentoring and education access for at-risk youth, she was introduced to restorative justice (RJ). She learned she had been utilizing restorative practices in other areas of her life without knowing it.

This lesson in RJ set her on the track to where she is now. Breea went on to receive her Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from San Diego State University where she completed an internship with NCRC in the Restorative Community Conferencing program. While NCRC programming and contracts have grown and changed over the last few years, Breea believes she has grown right along with the organization. Since her internship in 2017, Breea has been a full-time facilitator, a lead case manager, and now holds the position of Program Manager for the District Attorney’s Juvenile Diversion Initiative (JDI). She still does some case management now and then.

Along with many trainings and certificates, some of her proudest accolades have been supporting and building community relationships, participating in Probation’s Citizens Academy, receiving an Excellence in Mentorship Award that a mentee nominated her for, and most recently, being awarded the Juvenile Justice Commission’s Community Recognition award for devoted service to youth and families of SD county with JDI. When she’s not cheering on her team and JDI youth’s successes, Breea enjoys dancing, watching football, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Breea plans to return to school shortly and obtain a Ph.D. so she can expand and continue her journey of service to youth.