Craig Powell, Executive Coordinator
Craig has taken on as his personal and professional mission the challenge of improving the quality of life within urban communities by facilitating the psychosocial and economic reintegration of persons with, and at risk of, criminal records. In Dayton Ohio he took a lead role in creating a comprehensive, strength-based, countywide exoffender reentry initiative and in 2002, he founded PowerNet of Dayton that provides pre- and post-release rehabilitation, reentry and re-integration services; housing and employment services; community organizing and systemic change advocacy. Mr. Powell is the author of PowerNet’s GEM Leadership Development Program that begins 2-3 years prior to an inmate’s release from prison and continues 2-3 years after their release. As a direct result of these and other local efforts, the rate of recidivism and other systemic barriers affecting ex-offenders were reduced in the county.
Mr. Powell is a current member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Black Advisory Council and the Tampa Bay Black Chamber of Commerce. He is the current Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Ex-offender Reentry Network, a member of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative Executive Planning Committee and a graduate of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy.
His arrival in Tampa and the creation of PowerNet of Tampa is a continuation Mr. Powell believes he has been preparing from birth and assigned for life to the awesome and rewarding challenge of identifying, investigating and addressing the root systemic causes of the psychosocial and economic deprivation experienced by so many individuals and families struggling to live within America’s urban communities.