Chairman-Jondhi Harrell, Founder & Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens, served 25 years in federal custody. Upon release (2009) completed BS/ Human Service Management and is currently enrolled in Temple University’s MSW program. TCRC offers comprehensive services for formerly incarcerated individuals. Mr. Harrell is Co-Clerk of the Germantown Friends Peace & Social Justice Committee, serves on the National Committee of Alternatives to Violence Re-Entry Program, is an organizer for the Formerly Incarcerated and Families Working Group/Decarcerate PA. serves on the Executive Committee of CAMI Philly ( Coalition against Mass Incarceration) and is co-founder of the BLOC Party (Build Lobby Organize Campaign) the movement to forge returning citizens of Philadelphia and Pa. into a cultural, social, political, and economic coalition.
Vice Chairman-Reuben Jones is a Philadelphia native, father, activist, educator, motivational speaker, poet, published author, and entrepreneur. He currently serves as Executive Director of Frontline Dads, a community-based non-profit organization that provides mentoring, leadership development and comprehensive support to “at-risk” youth, single fathers, and formerly incarcerated citizens. Reuben also facilitates “Poets 4 Peace”, an anti-violence initiative to help end urban street violence by introducing at-risk youth to the arts. Reuben Jones served 15 years in prison for a 1986 robbery and was released in 2002. Since that time, he has transformed his life and his ability to help others by obtaining his Master’s Degree from Lincoln University and he currently works as a clinical therapist. Reuben currently serves as the Social Services Coordinator for Focused Deterrence Gun Violence Reduction Strategy in South Philadelphia. For his humanitarian efforts, Reuben has won many awards, including a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office awarding him the Lucien Blackwell Guiding Light Award. He has won a MLK Community Involvement Award from the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership award and grant from the Knight Foundation. He was recently named a “Philly Roots Fellow” by the United Way. He has been named by News One as a “Gamechanger”. And, he was awarded the “Community Quarterback” Award by the Philadelphia Eagles. Reuben was featured in the award-winning anti-violence documentary, “Beyond the Walls: The Road to Redemption”. His narrative poem “Lemonade”, from the Beyond The Walls documentary was nominated for an award. Reuben Jones is also the Founder of Renaissance Media, a multi-media production/marketing/public relations firm that produced the anti-violence single “A New Day”, featuring a myriad of Philadelphia artists raising their voices against violence. He serves on the organizing committee for the Black Male Development Symposium, The National Fatherhood Conference, and the Youth Violence Prevention Forum. He is a member of the Human Rights Coalition and The Center for Returning Citizens. He is a NIC trained facilitator for the “Thinking For A Change” program in the Philadelphia County prisons where he works with men who are facing trial for violent crimes.
Founder/Executive Director-Marc Kramer, who has run over 20 startups, has taught aspiring entrepreneurs at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, University of Louisville in Panama City, Panama, University of Pacifico in Lima, Peru, and the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He has written six book, written columns for TheSteet.com and Forbes.com on entrepreneurship. Marc has also won the Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Spirit of America Award from the American Electronics Association, named one of the Top Five Young Business Leaders by the Philadelphia Jaycees three years in a row and was named to the Top 40 Under 40. He has a masters in management from Penn State University and a BS in Broadcast Journalism from West Virginia University.