The NRWC’s leadership and steering committee consist of a diverse group of forward thinking and effective practitioners and leaders with over 70 year of combined experience in nonprofit, reentry workforce and education.
LATINO COALITION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
As Chair of the National Reentry Workforce Collaborative (NRWC)’s Steering Committee, Jason is responsible for casting the vision and guiding the collaborative’s strategic direction. A leader with a keen aptitude for social justice and a strategic thinker, Jason is also the Director of Partnership Strategy at the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL). In this role, he develops strategies and build relationships to expand the organization’s national footprint. Before joining the LCCL, Jason led operations and strategy for the national network of OIC of America. While at OIC of America, he secured over $30M in federal and foundation funding. This funding allowed the organization to replicate national initiatives, programs and projects that support the organization’s ambitions of breaking the cycle of poverty. Jason played an integral role in expanding OIC of America’s national reentry program from one city to ten in just four years. Jason also served on a national committee that provided expert advice on reentry related matters to the Office of America Innovation at the White House. Jason holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University and a M.B.A. in Economic Development from Eastern University.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Jennifer Lynch oversees the national reentry portfolio at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. managing national reentry grants totaling $13.5 million dollars of federal funding in fifteen cities. She is a nine-year veteran of non-profit management, workforce development, and advocate for social justice. A proud Goodwiller, Jennifer earned a MSEd with distinction in Counseling at Hofstra University and a BA in English and History at the University of Delaware. In 2016, she was awarded Reentry Professional of the Year from The Workplace, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT. She lives on the North Fork of Long Island with her husband and daughter.
CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Christopher Watler is the Chief External Affairs Officer at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). In this role, Mr. Watler is responsible for overseeing CEO’s national fund development operations, communications initiatives, and various special projects dedicated to advancing CEO’s mission. He previously served as Executive Director of CEO’s New York State program overseeing CEO’s flagship New York City program and Upstate New York Offices. Prior to joining CEO, Chris worked for the Center for Court Innovation in several key roles. Chris holds a BS in political science from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MPA from John Jay College.
Caitlin Dawkins serves as a program manager for FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning. As a fifteen-year veteran in the justice sector, Caitlin leads projects within the National Institute for Work and Learning that converge the worlds of education, workforce, and reentry. Caitlin is responsible for replicating evidence-based program models that break the cycle of crime, poverty, and incarceration. She is an advocate for second chances and programs that support people returning to their communities from incarceration. Caitlin holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Strayer University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Education from Winston-Salem State University.
Greg joined STRIVE in 2012. As National Vice President, he oversees programming and product development across STRIVE’s National Affiliate Network. Prior to joining STRIVE, Greg served as the Director of Programs and Evaluation at StreetWise Partners, a Career Readiness and Mentoring program for low-income job seekers, where he worked to refine and standardize the program model across multiple sites in three states to lay the foundation for improved service delivery and potential replication to other regions. Greg has also worked at one of New York City’s leading alternative-to-incarceration programs, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). Greg holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in Comparative Social Change: Theory and Practice, as well as an M.A. from New York University in Non-Profit Management and Social Work.
Richard Paul Morales
LATINO COALITION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Richard Paul Morales, serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL). The LCCL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides funding, technical assistance and capacity building to leverage the strengths of small, local non-profit organizations serving communities of color. This is accomplished by providing robust organizational fiscal and data infrastructure, individualized organizational development, collaboration, and effective advocacy. The LCCL has been the subject of various evaluations and case studies highlighting its model and approach that leads to strong performance and outcomes. In addition to performance, strong fiscal accounting practices ensure good stewardship and return on investment. Richard has a strong belief in the ability of communities to create solutions to local issues when resources, expertise, collaboration and accountability are present. Richard holds a Masters Degree in Management and a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences with minors in philosophy and history.