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Hyper-Local Giving to Black Led Non-Profits with the Public Welfare Foundation's Candice C. Jones

Whats Working, What’s Needed

High levels of incarceration have led to a crisis, with ripple effects in all communities. Top-down approaches don’t seem to help, so that is the solution? In this talk, Candice C. Jones, President & CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation will explain transformative justice and how giving to local, Black-led initiatives will make it a reality.

Candice C Jones

Bridget Finkeldey

Candice joined the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, as its President and CEO in 2017. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization that focuses on gun violence in Chicago. In that role, she secured greater investments for violence intervention programs as an alternative to the criminal justice system. Prior to her work with Chicago CRED, she served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet-level state agency where she supervised operations, programming, budget matters, and communications. During her tenure, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody. She also served as a White House Fellow, managing a portfolio within the U.S. Department of Education that included developing education strategies for correctional institutions and shepherding a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody. Earlier in her career, Candice served as a program officer with the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and on improving the quality of defense for indigent youth. She currently serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a Chicago-based civil legal service organization. Candice received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Roquel Crutcher

Bridget Finkeldey

Roquel Crutcher is PowerToFly’s first Chief of Staff where she supports the internal leadership team on special projects, assists both co-founders with external affairs, and supports PowerToFly internally as the company continues to grow.

Prior to PowerToFly, Roquel dedicated herself to advocating for equity in K-12 schools, institutions of higher learning formerly at Next100, Teach For America & KIPP Schools.

Roquel was the founding president of American University’s NAACP chapter as well an NAACP Next Gen Fellow, a member of the inaugural class of KIPP Alumni Leadership Accelerator fellows, a New Profit Millennial Impact Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Fellow. In 2021, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools named Roquel a 30 Under 30 Changemaker for her work to combat educational inequity and racism.

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