Jeffrey Brown

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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President, RECAP
Co-founder, Boston Ten Point Coalition

As a co-founder of the faith-based group Boston Ten Point Coalition, the Rev. Jeffrey Brown was one of the key architects behind the “Boston Miracle,” during which the city experienced a 79% decline in violent crime among youth from 1990 to 1999. That includes 29 consecutive months of zero juvenile homicides. The efforts also spawned countless urban collaborative efforts in subsequent years.

Today, he works with faith groups, cities, government, and police to stop gang violence as the president of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace) and co-founder of My City at Peace, a community-based, collaborative organization that builds alliances between conflicting constituencies to find peace and end violence, where he works with housing authorities to rebuild communities in distressed areas and avoid the more damaging effects of gentrification.

Brown consults municipalities and police departments (and policing initiatives) nationwide on issues around youth violence and community mobilization. He helps rebuild trust between neighborhoods and police departments, speaking with officers to strengthen their ties to the communities they serve. He has worked with the U.S. State Department on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiatives, based on his nationally recognized success with developing robust violence prevention and intervention strategies. As part of the Society for Organizational Learning North America, Brown also assists the World Bank, IMF, and IFC with senior leadership development.

For his service, Brown was named the 2016-17 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life.