Louis L. Reed
DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING AND PARTNERSHIPS
Louis L. Reed is the Director of Organizing and Partnerships for #Cut50. He brings to #Cut50 years of experience in government, criminal justice expertise, policy advocacy, business, and public health.
Louis is a board-certified addictions counselor and licensed alcohol & addictions practitioner.
Louis’s experience in government includes conceptualizing and serving as director of the Mayor’s Office for Reentry Affairs in the City of Bridgeport, CT. There, he developed systems and practices for the City to coordinate employment, housing, access to treatment, and other services for all persons impacted by the criminal justice system both in and returning to the City after incarceration.
His policy reform experience includes leading advocacy for the historic First Step Act, a Congressional bill that has freed more than 13 thousand people from federal incarceration. He has advanced criminal justice reform with industry moguls such as Jay Z, Meek Mills, Tory Lanez, Kim Kardashian, Fat Joe, Diddy, and others.
Louis is a Council of Criminal Justice trustee, Forbes Coaches Council Member, Huffington Post contributor on Prison Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has appeared on CNN, CBSN, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and in national publications.
Louis has received many awards recognizing his work and leadership, including recognition by The Brigadoon’s 2020 top 20 influential leaders, Black People Rock, a 2021 Ebony Magazine Power 100 nomination, and ICONN’s 2020 Activist of the Year!