Allen James is a special projects director for NYC Health + Hospitals. Previously he managed a Cure Violence program for the Center for Court Innovation in Brooklyn, New York. He has 25 years’ experience as a social justice advocate and nonprofit manager. From 2009-2011, Allen led organizing for police accountability in New Orleans as Executive Director of Safe Streets Strong Communities and was a restorative justice trainer with the Center for Restorative Approaches. He directed a pilot reentry initiative for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Newark NJ from 2005-2009. Before that Allen organized to stop the spread of adolescent HIV/AIDS as Executive Director of YouthBASE, Inc. in Brooklyn. He has also served as Executive Director of Playing 2 Win, Inc. in East Harlem and as Deputy Executive Director of The Fortune Society in New York City. As a private consultant he developed and implemented projects for Common Ground Community, Non-traditional Employment for Women and the Single Parent Resource Center in NYC. Allen was a Charles H. Revson Foundation fellow at Columbia University in 2003-2004.