Greg Rowe, Esq.

June 3, 2019

Greg has extensive criminal justice and public safety experience on the local, state and federal level.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, Greg was the legislative liaison for PDAA, having served as its Director of Legislation and Policy and before that as the Chief of the Legislation and Policy Unit in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Greg has been extensively involved in many important legislative initiatives, which include protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through the enactment of strangulation and sexual extortion laws; helping the most vulnerable victims testify against their accuser by expanding the rape shield law; reducing recidivism and reinvesting cost savings through the comprehensive Justice Reinvestment Initiative; reducing witness intimidation by prohibiting the taking of certain videos in courthouse, helping in the battle against the opioid crisis through the creation of the prescription drug monitoring program, and providing second chances through the enactment of the Clean Slate law.

Before working with PDAA, Greg served as Governor Rendell’s Senior Policy Manager for Public Safety and as Special Assistant for Criminal Justice.  In these positions, Greg oversaw Pennsylvania’s public safety functions with regard to policy, legislation and operations and was the Governor’s day-to-day contact for Pennsylvania’s State Police, Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, and Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  Greg also practiced commercial litigation for several years and began his legal career in the Appeals Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Greg has worked with the National Governors Association, the Council of State Governments, and the PEW Center on the States to help officials from other states learn about successful strategies to reduce recidivism.  Greg was also selected as a participant in the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century.   As part of the Executive Session, Greg authored a paper entitled “Keeping Courts Funded:  Recommendations on How Courts Can Avoid the Budget Axe,” which was published by the National Center for State Courts. Greg regularly presents legislative updates to members of Pennsylvania law enforcement.

Greg was named to City & State’s 2022 “Pennsylvania Law Power 100,” which takes an in-depth look at the district attorneys, federal prosecutors, white-collar defense attorneys, public interest lawyers, law school deans and bar association leaders who are shaping the direction of the state politically, legally and otherwise.

Before attending law school, Greg was a research assistant to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and helped coordinate public safety issues for the Senator.

Greg holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and an A.B. from Harvard College. Greg lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their daughter.

Greg can be reached at 717.347.8369 or growe@pdaa.org.