Marynella Woods LCSW has worked extensively with juveniles and their families in the dependency and delinquency courts for over 30 years. She is the senior social worker for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division. Woods is on the San Francisco Superior Court’s private social worker panel for assignment to specific dependency cases, and she is frequently called as an expert witness to testify in Dependency and Delinquency proceedings. She was instrumental in developing the Youth Treatment and Education Court drug court program, and developed and implemented the Operation Dry Tears gun diversion and violence prevention program for detained youth. She also co-founded the San Francisco Squires program, which offers monthly intensives for juvenile offenders, working in partnership with the Juvenile Court and San Quentin State Prison.
Woods is the recipient of the Youth Law Center’s Unsung Heroes Award for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of youth at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall, and the San Quentin Squires award for Outstanding Achievement in the Community.