MY STORY

Jeffrey Abramowitz, J.D. is the Executive Director of Reentry Services for JEVS Human Services and Program Director of Looking Forward Philadelphia.

 

 

Jeff was a 2018 Fellow for JustLeadership USA, and has most recently served as the Director of Student Services & Workforce Development for Community Learning Center.

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Jeff was a trial lawyer in Philadelphia before poor choices in life and his professional career resulted in acceptance of responsibility and a five-year sentence in the federal prison system. Entering the criminal justice system allowed Jeff the opportunity to see the world with a new pair of glasses and find his passion for education and workforce development. In the short 5 years since Jeff has been home he has worked with over 4,000 individuals, spoken and lectured across the country to educators, administrators, communities, and those touched by our criminal justice system.

Jeff proudly sits on the Board of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, COABE, where he serves as Secretary of the Board, chairs the State Advocates for Adult Education Fellowship, and is the past chair of the Literacy Behind and Beyond the Walls Committee, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Reentry Council and serves as Chairman of the Employment Committee and Co-chairs the Reentry Committee for the PA Workforce Development Board.

Jeff is the Vice-chair of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition serving a term from 2021-2023 and then will serve as Chair.

Jeff serves on the board of directors of Community Forgiveness & Restoration, a member of NationSwell Council, and Advisory Board Member of Philadelphia Petey Greene Program.

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Jeff is previous LINCS Reviewer, Literacy Information & Communication System, Resource Collection for the Department of Education and now serves as Moderator for the LINCS Correctional & Reentry Education Community of Practice and is a contractor for the United States Department of Education IET in Corrections Project. Jeff serves on the National Association of State Directors of Education, Barbara Bush Foundation Criminal Justice Work Group.

Jeff serves on the ReImagine Philadelphia Steering Committee and Co-chair of the JEVS Justice Coordinating Committee.

Jeff is the producer and host of the award-winning bi-weekly television and radio show “Looking Forward” on Philly Cam Radio WPPM 106.5FM. Looking Forward also airs on: Xfinity 66/96, FIOS 29/30, Roku, Apple TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube.  

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Jeffrey is a writer, keynote speaker and lecturer around the country on issues of adult education, workforce development and criminal justice.