MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge Project Manager, Everyday Democracy
Gwen Wright serves as the Project Manager for Everyday Democracy’s MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge Initiative (SJC). Everyday Democracy provides community engagement technical assistance to the Safety and Justice Challenge network and help build the capacity of SJC jurisdictions to adopt and implement racial equity-focused community engagement practices. Everyday Democracy is a national organization that supports organizing across the country by bringing diverse groups of people together, helping them structure and facilitate community dialogue on pressing issues, and training them to use a racial equity lens to understand longstanding problems and viable solutions. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to local leaders across the country to support their efforts to rethink justice systems and implement data-driven strategies to safely reduce jail populations. Gwen excels in helping local communities build their own capacity to organize large-scale, diverse dialogue for problem solving and has been doing so for the past 18+ years. She obtained her BA in Public Administration from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina and MA in Public Administration from Baruch College, CUNY, NYC.