David Muhammad, Executive Director

David Muhammad is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development. Mr. Muhammad is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR).

Through NICJR, David serves as a lead consultant and technical assistant provider to the Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative, supporting probation departments throughout the State of California to transform their juvenile justice practice. David also provides leadership and technical assistance to the CeaseFire Violence Reduction Strategy in the cities of Oakland and Stockton,California. Mr. Muhammad is also a consultant and technical assistant provider to Cities United, a national initiative to drastically reduce the Black male homicide rates in American cities.

Mr. Muhammad is the federal court appointed monitor overseeing reforms in the Illinoisjuvenile justice system. David is also a member of the Antelope Valley Monitoring Team which is charged with monitoring the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department’s implementation of a federal Settlement Agreement.

The former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County (California) Probation Department, David was responsible for overseeing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. Mr. Muhammad formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation and was responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation and a staff of 800. He previously served as the Chief of Committed Services for Washington, DC’s, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). His responsibilities at DYRS included 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget, a juvenile institution, and 900 youth committed to his department’s care.

Sikander Iqbal, Management Specialist

Sikander Iqbal is an Executive Associate of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR). Sikander has more than ten years of experience in program design and organizational management in violence prevention, re-entry services, youth leadership development, and civic engagement. He began working in the field of youth development and social equity at UCLA, advocating for increased recruitmentand retention of students of color.

Mr. Iqbal returned to Oakland in 2008 to work at Youth UpRising, a renowned, state of the art youth development center. At Youth UpRisinghe led the PeaceMaking Program which provided intensive street outreach, conflict mediation, and case management with high-risk residents of East Oakland. He also created and led leadership development program models for youth and young adults to engage policymakers about equitable access to funding for community programs, transportation, educational opportunities, and housing. Mr. Iqbal is a member of the Experts of Color Network with Insight CEED, a Pahara Next Gen Alumni. Through his work with NICJR, he serves as the Deputy Director of Community & Youth Outreach (CYO), a non-profit organization in Oakland focused on reducing violence and recidivism through engaging and empowering formerly incarcerated individuals and those identified as being of high risk of being involved in violence.

Aman Sebahtu, Operations Director

Aman Sebahtu is NICJR’s Operations Director. Aman is an attorney, technical assistance provider, facilitator, and researcher in the fields of criminal justice reform, violence prevention, and youth and community development. At NICJR, Aman serves on the federal monitoring team overseeing reforms in the Illinois Department of Corrections, manages the Young Adult Professionals of Color Fellowship, and works with the Executive Director in the development of the Neighborhood Opportunity and Accountability Board.

Before joining NICJR, Aman was the Community Violence Prevention Program Manager at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), where he led the organization’s violence prevention and criminal justice reform projects. Aman continues his work on the team of monitors overseeing the Settlement Agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department and leads the evaluation of Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

Prior to joining NCCD, Aman was a Site Manager at the W. Haywood Burns Institute, providing technical assistance, training, and meeting facilitation to system and community stakeholders in their efforts to reduce racial disparities in youth and adult criminal justice systems across the country.

An Oakland native, Aman serves on the boards of the Brotherhood of the Elders Network and The Mentoring Center. He is also an appointed member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Review Board and the City of Oakland’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Violence Prevention.

Mr. Sebahtu has a B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of California.