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Edward Powell named vice president at Justice Resource Institute

5/1/2014, 11:18 a.m.

Edward M. Powell, an accomplished leader of youth development in Boston’s neighborhoods, has been named vice president for community engagement at the Justice Resource Institute.

Powell, currently executive director at StreetSafe Boston, a Boston Foundation initiative, will officially assume his position on May 5.

“Community engagement is critical to the work we do here at Justice Resource Institute and Ed has the right blend of community capital and management credibility to lead these efforts,” said Andy Pond, president of the Justice Resource Institute. “The Justice Resource Institute has been very focused on preventing violence because we know all too well the effect of that trauma on children and adolescents, and Ed will help us to further these efforts.”

As executive director of StreetSafe Boston, Powell recently led an internationally celebrated violence prevention initiative that works with active gangs in Boston. Prior to his work at StreetSafe Boston, Powell was deputy director at Boston Private Industry Council Inc., and he also worked as assistant director of transportation for Boston Public Schools.

Powell’s work will focus on building community relationships that will allow the Justice Resource Institute to tailor its programs for, and bring its trauma focus to, neighborhoods affected by violence. Powell will also have a role in recruiting the next generation of leaders who can grow and enhance these programs.

Justice Resource Institute works in partnership with individuals, families, communities and government to pursue the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.