John Koufos helps companies optimize second chance hiring and mitigate risk, and is a national speaker on public safety-focused criminal justice reform. He started his career in New Jersey before moving to Washington, D.C., to work on national second chance hiring, healthcare and criminal justice issues.
John’s work has helped thousands of people with criminal records secure jobs. He is a nationally recognized criminal justice advocate with deep experience building and leading criminal justice organizations and campaigns. He has worked with multiple Presidential Administrations, dozens of Governors and Cabinet members, and countless businesses and nonprofits.
John previously served as Executive Director of Safe Streets & Second Chances, National Director of Reentry Initiatives at Right On Crime
(Texas Public Policy Foundation), Executive Director of Taking Action for Good
, and Executive Director of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation
John wrote and hosted Retaining Talent
a second chance hiring and retention documentary and training. Retaining Talent
was filmed across Florida and Washington, D.C., with businesses that hire people with criminal records, government officials, law enforcement, corporate and banking leaders, and at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His leadership in the business community was recognized in 2016 when NJBIZ named him one of New Jersey’s Top 40 Under 40
. He is a regular speaker on criminal justice, healthcare, social determinants and workforce development, and helps cities, states, and the federal government to optimize reentry systems. John has been interviewed by a wide array of outlets including C-SPAN Washington Journal
, the New York Times
, New Jersey Monthly
, Time Magazine
, and dozens of radio outlets. His commentaries have been published in the New York Post
, Governing Magazine
, on Fox News
, and in regional media around the nation.