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.

Andrea Gentile, Program Analyst

Andi Gentile is a Policy Analyst for the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR), where she provides research, assessment, and technical writing for the
organizations numerous justice reform projects. Andi is also a fierce advocate for justice.

Andi earned her B.A. in gender studies and psychology from Wesleyan University and her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending graduate school, Andi served as a community organizer,primarily with queer and trans youth organizations. She also completed a community organizing residency at Domestic Workers United in New York. In Texas, Andi built leadership with young queer people who were transforming their schools by rejecting the common perception that educators should increase punishment to stop bullying, considering that marginalized students are disproportionally targeted for both bullying and punishment. During
graduate school, Andi worked in the Texas legislature on efforts to raise the age at which youth are tried as adults, among other efforts. Most recently, Andi served as Youth Justice Policy Strategist at the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, supporting the first national center dedicated to ending the practice of placing children on sex offense registries.

Brent J. Cohen, Associate Partner

Brent J. Cohen is an Associate Partner at NICJR. Brent is also the Managing Director at Public Service Consulting Group, LLC. Brent is a proven government leader and noted justice reform expert, with senior-level experience at the City and Federal level and a track record of legislative, policy, and operations successes.

Previously, Brent was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the United States Department of Justice. Among other responsibilities, Brent built a $40 million government-wide portfolio to more effectively respond to justice-involved young adults; led the Department’s efforts for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps among boys and young men of color; and, oversaw the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In 2013, Brent was one of twelve individuals appointed by the President of the United States to the 2013-2014 class of White House Fellows.