Jeffrey Abramowitz, JD

Professional Experience

JEVS Human Services, Executive Director of Reentry Services (Philadelphia, PA) 

August 27, 2018 to Present

The Executive Director of Reentry Services (ED) is responsible for providing executive oversight and strategic direction for all JEVS reentry programs. The ED supports and champions the vision and implementation of the JEVS Reentry Initiatives other JEVS Reentry-related support programs, directs the overall management of the programs, guides best practices in program enhancements, and maintains fiscal oversight for individual programs.

At JEVS Human Services, we believe in giving people possibilities—opportunities to be self-sufficient and satisfied. Each year we touch nearly 30,000 lives, focusing on individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges as well as those facing adverse socio-economic conditions including unemployment and underemployment. It’s JEVS mission to Make Hope Happen today while creating meaningful change for tomorrow. JEVS stakeholders work to shape and influence public policy to better serve the populations who need us most. Acting in collaboration with our advocacy partners, JEVS works to create sustainable solutions to the underlying issues facing the people we serve.

Minds that Move Us, Pathways to Prosperity (JEVS), Team Lead 

 

Looking Forward Philadelphia (JEVS), Program Director 

Business Development Team

Diversity and Inclusion Council 

Looking Forward Community Engagement Partnership (CEP), Founder/President (Philadelphia, PA)

January 1, 2019 to Present

January 1, 2019 to Present

July 1, 2020 to Present

August 1, 2020 to Present

May 2018 to Present

Looking Forward CEP is a non-profit organization which provides career readiness, job preparedness and reentry support workshops for individuals with barriers to gainful employment. CEP works with adults facing the barriers of their past including those with a criminal history or addiction and helps them to find the career they desire, the support services needed, and a pathway to success. CEP offers corporate, agency and community training and support services for anyone working with citizens that face barriers to employment. 

National Workforce Opportunity Network Consulting (NWON), Founder (Philadelphia, PA) 

September 2017 to May 2018

NWON is a fully integrated workforce development and career placement agency which provides career readiness, job preparedness and career placement services. NWON works with adults facing the barriers of their past and challenges of finding their career pathway. NWON’s service model pairs years of experience in law, human resources, public workforce, literacy and job placement to aid job seekers with meaningful training, job readiness and placement.

JustLeadershipUSA 2018 Fellow 

JustLeadershipUSA Alumni Board 2018 

Looking Forward Television and Radio Show, Creator/Producer/Host

January 1, 2018 to September 29. 2018

November 2018 to Present

May 1, 2018 to Present

Philly Cam Radio, WPPM 106.5 FM. inner of 2019 Cammy Award - Connector Award. 

Coalition on Adult Basic Education - Secretary, Board Member, and Past-Chair of the Literacy Behind and Beyond the walls Committee 

Coalition on Adult Basic Education - Board Member and Chair of the State Advocates for Adult Education Fellowship Program

 

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Reviewer, Resource Collection, U.S. Department of Education 

National Association of State Directors of Education, Barbara Bush Foundation Criminal Justice Work Group 

Integrated Education and Training in Correctional and Reentry Education, US Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) - Subject Matter Expert/Contractor  

 

CareerLink Reentry Workshop, Program Creator/Facilitator/Lecturer      

October 2018 to  January 2021

January 2021 to Present

December 2019 to Present

January 2020 to Present

September 2020 to Present

August 2016 to Present

Initiated and created the CareerLink Reentry Workshop at CareerLink Suburban Station. This comprehensive reentry boot camp for returning citizens provided insight, guidance and resources for returning citizens. Workshop continued at Temple University after separating from CareerLink. All returning citizens are given tools and support to navigate the reentry process and to return to fulfilling and successful career.  An integral part of this program consists of staff training development in the area of reentry awareness, counseling support and resource availability.

Community Learning Center, Director of Student Services and Workforce Development (Philadelphia, PA)

January 2016 to October 31, 2017

Responsible for overseeing  all workshops, overseeing the activities of all career coaches. Responsible for the preparation of monthly reports and organizational data analysis. Created and developed partnerships with employers and post-secondary education providers and actively placed students into the workforce market. Instrumental in creating a blended adult education and workforce development program and Upskilling Clinic in partnership with PA Careerlink Suburban Station.

Workforce Development Instructor, CareerLaunch/Career Kickoff Program and Upskilling Clinic 

March 2016 to October 31, 2017

Adult education program coordinator, developer, author and teacher responsible for preparing and teaching a workforce development course in a blended learning environment, providing basic soft skills education and academic enhancement, all while preparing learners to return to gainful employment.

Teaching Experience

GED Math Instructor

October 2015 to December 2016

Adult education teacher responsible for preparing and maintaining lesson plans, lecturing, reviewing and assessing student learning profiles, utilizing the CLC instructional maps based on the College and Career Readiness Standards and PA State Standards, administer assessments, attend all professional staff and support meetings, mentored students, and maintained site management responsibilities.

Temple University 

Co-facilitator of the New Opportunities Workshop teaching workforce readiness and employment skills including resume development, job search strategies, public speaking, and conflict resolution skills.

Instructor and Facilitator, Temple University Reentry Boot Camp 

Instructor, Pan African Studies Community Education Program 

Instructor, Orange is the New Black: Reentry Training Course 

March 2016 to Present

January 2017 to Present

September 2016 to Present 

September 2017 to Present

Mount Airy Learning Tree, Lecturer/Instructor (Philadelphia, PA) 

January 2016 to Present

Lecturer and and Course Instructor, Orange is the New Black: A Firsthand Look Inside the American Criminal Justice System 

Department of Justice, USP Camp Canaan, Instructor (Waymart, PA)

April 2012 to September 2015

Instructor of over forty-five Adult Continuing Education courses and institutional courses. Courses included: Business law 101 & 102; Business Administration; Business Planning; Business Start-Up; Political Science; Media Literacy; Critical Thinking; Writer’s Workshop; Public Speaking; Job Portfolio Class; GED Review; GED Essay Writing; GED Math Workshop;  and ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class. Responsible for preparing full curriculum, pre-test and post-tests, lectures and handout materials.

DeVry University, Adjunct Professor (Philadelphia, PA) 

October 2010 to December 2010

Adjunct professor of business law at the Keller Graduate School of Management. Responsible for teaching, lecturing and working with graduate and undergraduate students. Experienced in blended learning environment and a believer in creative teaching methodologies and the Socratic philosophy. Passion for working with students and colleagues while learning and growing personally and academically.

Legal Experience

Klevan & Abramowitz, P.C. – Attorney/Shareholder (Philadelphia, PA)

August 1988 to December 2008

Civil trial attorney with over twenty years of experience in all areas of civil and commercial litigation. Disciplined and well organized in work habits and ability to function smoothly and efficiently under pressure. Passionate and effective litigator, orator, negotiator, advocate and trial attorney.

Business Experience

Do Me A Flavor, Inc., Owner/Operator (Conshohocken, PA)

June 2009 to October 2010

Conceptualized, created, owned and operated this unique ice cream boutique and companion commercial bakery. Specialized in marrying great ice cream with delicious homemade bakery products. Oversaw all aspects of this business including payroll, inventory, personnel management, community relations, marketing and employee training. Constructed company website and online marketing program. Interfaced with customers, local businesses and the community with the primary goal of providing a great product and putting a smile on every customer’s face. ServSafe certified, currently pending instructor’s licensing renewal.

Panera Bread Company, Certified Baker/Trainer (Conshohocken, PA)

December 2010 to March 2012

Certified baker with experience in preparing and finishing all baked products as per company specifications. Trained employees in the baking and preparation process, assisted with all inventory controls and baking protocols, responsible for maintaining product quality, freshness and uniformity. Proud of every baked product produced.

Education

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Virtual Academy, Ex-Offenders Job Development Series 

Temple University, New Opportunities Workshop Graduate

      Outstanding Achiever Award

Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, Detroit, MI

      Juris doctorate, Cum Laude; Law Review member, Moot Court Executive Director and Senior Staff Member, Recipient of the Eve August Moot Court 

      Scholarship; The Ralph Rose and Samuel Helper Award; American Jurisprudence Prize Book Award.

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

      Bachelor of Arts, Political Science major; Recipient of the Ohio State Buckeye Award.

Central High School, Philadelphia, PA

      Bachelor of Arts, High School Diploma.

Civic/Professional Activities

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Pay It Forward Mentor

                                                                     

Coalition on Basic Adult Education (COABE)

      Member of Board of Directors

      Chairperson of Prison Literacy Committee (Literacy Behind and Beyond the Walls)

      Member of Business Development Team

Pennsylvania Reentry Council, Chairman of Employment, Education & Housing Subcommittee                                                                            

Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, Co-Chairperson Reentry Committee

                                                                                                                 

Philadelphia Reentry Coalition

      Member of Coalition 

      Co-chairperson Community Engagement Subcommittee

      Participating Committee Member of the Employment Sub-committee and Education Sub-committee             

                             

NationSwell, Council Member

                                                                    

Barbara Bush Foundation, Prison Literacy Work Group

                         

LINCS, US Department of Education Peer Reviewer

                                 

Correctional Education Association, Member

                                     

Community Forgiveness & Restoration (CFR), Board of Directors

       

The Petey Greene Program Pennsylvania Advisory Board

                    

Temple University Pan African Studies Advisory Board

                          

Montgomery County Reentry Coalition

                                                  

Camden County Reentry Alliance

                                                            

Mayor’s Commission on Literacy Member

                                                        

The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Member         

                          

Peirce College Paralegal Studies & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Member

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2016 to Present

Awards/Honors/Recognition

Temple University New Opportunities Workshop Outstanding Achiever Award

       

56th Annual Correctional Education Association Conference, Keynote Address

                       

Blueprint to Reentry, TED Talk, Franklin Institute, Presenter (Philadelphia, PA) 

          

DisRupt HR, World Café Live, Presenter (Philadelphia, PA)

                                     

2018 Rising Leader of the Year Award, Philadelphia Reentry Coalition

                            

SXSW EDU, From The Courtroom to the Boardroom, Speaker

                                       

SXSW EDU, Mentor Selection

                                                                                          

Minds That Move Us, Pathways to Prosperity Team Coach, Award Recipient

Ignite Philly, Presenter, We Are More Than Just Numbers

Philly Cam, Cammy Award Winner, Looking Forward Reentry Radio Show

December 2015

June 2017 

November 2017 

May 2018 

June 2018 

March 2019 

March 2020 

August 2019 

October 2019 

October 2019