Tony McCright Jr. is a Sr. Program Specialist in NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. On the Justice Initiatives Team, he works to implement restorative criminal justice polices at the municipal level. Prior to this role, he began as NLC’s first Justice Reform Fellow, using his lived experience in the carceral system to bring innovative approaches to ongoing and new initiatives. Recently, he kicked off a nationwide collaborative reentry network comprised of city leaders and higher ed institutions. Before coming to NLC, he was a Fellow in the Georgetown University Pivot re-entry program and went on to support research at Free Cap Financial and marketing projects for Whiteboard Advisors, change-making organizations in the criminal justice and education spaces. In addition to his work for other organizations, he has successfully launched multiple entrepreneurial ventures.His current venture, BLTN Collective, is a social impact real estate investment company that combats the historical effects of redlining by informing, organizing, and providing opportunities for residents in underserved areas to invest in their own neighborhoods. His ultimate goal is to expand the economic, housing, employment, and service opportunities available for returning citizens. After starting his undergrad studies at the University of Oklahoma, Tony earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.