Reuben Jones is a Philadelphia-based community activist and social justice advocate who is Executive Director of Frontline Dads, Inc. where he provides transitional services to men and women returning from incarceration. He also serves as the Social Services Director for the Focused Deterrence Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, working to reduce gun violence in the city by conducting prevention-based, transformative interventions with at risk individuals.
Reuben is a clinical therapist who obtained his Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University in 2009. His social justice advocacy work has included “Ban The Box”, bail reform, ex-offender voting rights, the juvenile lifer’s re-sentencing project, and prison deconstruction. He is a member of the Philadelphia Re-Entry Coalition as well as the NO215Jails Coalition. Reuben served on the Mayor’s Transition Team (Public Safety Committee) and on the Universal Pre-K Commission.
Reuben is also a National Institute of Corrections-trained facilitator for the “Thinking ForA Change” cognitive skills development program in the Philadelphia County prisons where he works with men preparing for release. Additionally, he founded “Peacemakers” to end urban street violence by teaching youth conflict resolution skills and violence prevention strategies. For his humanitarian efforts, Reuben was awarded the 2016 Presidential Service Award by President Obama.