Jeff is a leader in criminal justice, and pastoral counselor & minister to individuals and families suffering from traumatic and life-altering events. He is co-founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the first ministry in the country created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues.
After serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime committed during his career as a lawyer, Jeff earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a focus in Christian Social Ethics. After graduating from seminary, he was called to serve at an inner city church in Bridgeport CT as Assoc. Minister and Director of Prison Ministries.
Jeff is also the Executive Director of Family ReEntry, Inc., a criminal justice organization with offices and programs in eight Connecticut cities. He is the first person in the United States formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime to be appointed as CEO of a major criminal justice nonprofit. A former practicing attorney, he studied law and earned a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School.
Jeff has served on a number of criminal justice related Boards including the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Reentry Affairs, Bridgeport, CT (co-Chair); Family ReEntry, Bridgeport & New Haven, CT; Community Partners in Action (formerly the Connecticut Prison Association), Hartford, CT; , and Healing Communities Network, New York, NY. Jeff has also served on the Editorial Board of the book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration has Hijacked the American Dream, Southport, CT, and on the Advisory Boards of Creative Projects Group, Los Angeles, CA (Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”) and Reentry Survivors, Bridgeport, CT.
Among other recognitions, Jeff has been the recipient of the Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism, the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award ’13, ’14, ’15 & the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Professional of the Year ’16 & ’17. JustLeadershipUSA recognized Jeff as one of fifteen National Leaders in Criminal Justice. He has also been recognized by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a First 100 Plus Leader. Jeff is a two-time Nantucket Project Scholar.
Jeff is a sought-after speaker and guest preacher whose topics include finding purpose and happiness after personal tragedy, criminal justice reform, successful alcohol and substance recovery (he is clean & sober 15+ years), navigating life with mental health issues, and his own riches-to-rags-to-redemption story. Highlighted speaking venues include The Nantucket Project (Nantucket, MA), the Greenwich Leadership Forum (Greenwich, CT), the Corrections Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) Correctional Ministry Summit (Wheaton College, IL & Philadelphia, PA), Salons at Stowe – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT), TNP Library (Greenwich, CT), Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (NY, NY), Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT) and many houses of worship throughout the Northeast.
Jeff has been the subject of articles in national and regional media including Forbes.com, Inc.com, The Huffington Post, Absolute Return/HedgeFund Intelligence, Business Insider, New York Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Fairfield County Business Journal, Nonprofit Quarterly, Reentry Central, Weston Magazine Group, Weston Forum, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, New Haven Independent, Inner City News, Connecticut Post, Greenwich Sentinel, Greenwich Time, Greenwich Free Press, The Hour and many radio shows, televisions segments and podcasts.
Jeff is also the editor of the important and widely-read blogsite, https://prisonist.org, at which he authors, edits and curates content around national and international criminal justice advocacy/ministry themes, and is co-host of Criminal Justice Insider radio airing first and third Fridays from New Haven, CT. He also leads a weekly online confidential support group (the first in the country) for persons who have been prosecuted for white-collar and nonviolent crimes.