Mika’il DeVeaux is an adjunct lecturer at several senior colleges in the City University of New York. He is the co/founder and Executive Director of Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. and directs Citizens’ Muslim Re-entry Initiative. DeVeaux is also a certified anger management facilitator and a current doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of CUNY and Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. DeVeaux has over three decades of experience working with men and women impacted by the criminal justice system. DeVeaux is also the founder and principal at DeVeaux Association, a consulting firm that provides evaluation, monitoring and other services for nonprofits. Mr. DeVeaux has published papers in the Harvard Civil-Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, New Directions in Evaluation: A Publication of the American Evaluation Association, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Crescent International, Journal of Social Issues (co-authored) and others. He is the recipient of several recent fellowships related to his doctoral studies in social welfare including Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center (2011 – 2013), Advance Research College Student Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center (2012), University Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center (2010 – 2011) and the recipient of a Soros Justice Fellowship (2006 – 2007) for advocacy that focused on policy and program development within the Muslim community around criminal justice and re-entry issues. He has also received recognition from public officials for his advocacy around issues related to incarceration, re-entry and civic engagement.
Wanda Best-DeVeaux, MA, MPA is the President and co-founder of Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. The organization provides transitional services to formerly incarcerated individuals and social service support to the families of the incarcerated. She organized and implemented “Building With Art” an intervention program to prevent criminal justice involvement
Ms. Best-DeVeaux facilitates Art Appreciation classes, domestic violence awareness, and counseling and referrals for families of the incarcerated. She is a QPTV producer. She has won first place for a video on Felon Disenfranchisement and Third place for a video on Interfaith Collaborations on Re-Entry from the Alliance for Community Media.
Ms. Best-DeVeaux is an artist using acrylic paint as a medium to express the prison experience through the eyes of the families with incarcerated loved ones. She is planning “Feelings Between the Bars,” an Art Exhibit in 2015.
Ms. Best-DeVeaux is a full time employee at Volunteers of America of Greater New York for over 14 years. She is the Community Resource Developer for the Domestic Violence Programs. Prior to the position of Community Resource Developer she was Program Director of Volunteers of America’s Dove House which provides emergency shelter to victims of Domestic Violence. While working at Volunteers of America she has been a member of the agencies Quality Assurance Committee and continues to be a member of the Domestic Violence Conference Planning Committee. She is currently working in collaboration with other Volunteers of America’s Managers to redesign the domestic violence programs.
Malcolm A. Punter is a business professional managing several aspects of real estate operations. He has managed the New York State Department of State sponsored Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) economic and environmental study focusing on developing the highest and best use for over thirteen real estate development sites in Bradhurst area of Harlem. Mr. Punter holds a B.S., a Master in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in financial management and a Master of Science of Law (JSM) specializing in corporate reorganization, corporate and partnership taxation. Mr. Punter is completing his Doctor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation on Foreign Direct Investment and its impact on the U.S. real estate industry. Malcolm A. Punter has over 12 years real estate finance and operations experience. He served as a project manager for several clusters of I RS Code Section 42 financed housing rehabilitated under the NYC Neighborhood Entrepreneur Program comprising of over $50 million dollar rehabilitation budget. Mr. Punter is experienced in all aspects of construction finance and management. Mr. Punter has consulted on LIHTC compliance, HUD Section 8 and other income based eligibility housing programs. He has developed his real estate development, construction and property management, sales and marketing experience through the acquisition and management of private and public equity ventures in New York and Connecticut. Mr. Punter also acted as the principal advisor for private client investors on distressed property acquisitions. He coordinates and manages the strategy for 2,500 unit affordable housing portfolio valued at $ 750 million dollars. Mr. Punter is also an adjunct professor for 10 years at the College of New Rochelle where is instructs students in small business development, economics, and investments strategies.. Mr. Punter is a NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker and markets diverse housing to qualified buyers and sellers primarily in the New York City. He holds membership in various real estate trade organizations. He resides with his wife and two children in New York City.
Julian Brown is President of Operations for ECDC, LLC. This program focuses on Green Construction and Training. Formerly the Chief Operation Officer of Creative Sustainable Solutions, a Global Sustainability Initiative, he now focuses on the development and training of men and women from the inner cities in order to participate in green development and education.
Julian was the former Director of South Brooklyn’s Developing Justice Program, a program that assists men and women upon their transition back to the community from prison. As Director he developed the Leadership curriculum and oversaw many trendsetting projects and policies that help develop pathways for the people re-entering society upon their release from prison. He formed Eastern Cabinets, a minority business enterprise participant in order to train and employ formerly incarcerated men and women. He has over 10 years’ experience in Kitchen Design.
Julian received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from SUNY Cortland with a concentration in economics and Fordham University awarded him a master’s degree in Business with a dual concentration in Marketing and Finance. He is certified with the U.S. Green Business Council as a Green Associate and with the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. A native of the Bronx, New York, Julian is a proud father of one son, Aereon, and two Daughters, Imani and Julienne.