Cure Violence Global History

Cure Violence Global® helps communities to implement violence prevention programs that are effective in significantly reducing violence. Founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit, Cure Violence Global™ launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year.

From 2000-2008, Cure Violence Global focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Loiza, Puerto Rico and other sites.

In 2008, Cure Violence Global began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq.  Since then, international programs have been added in Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador and San Pedro Mazawal), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North and St. James), Kenya (Nairobi and Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain), and United Kingdom (London).  Cure Violence Global™ has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives from dozens of other countries.

Several Cure Violence program sites have been externally evaluated, demonstrating strong results in multiple sites.  In June 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. referenced Cure Violence™ as  a “rational, data-driven, evidence-based, and smart approach to crime.” The Economist termed the Cure Violence™ method “the approach that will come to prominence.

A World Without Violence

Cure Violence Global® is guided by the understanding that violence is a health issue, that individuals and communities can transform themselves, and that community partners and strategic partnerships are keys to success. Through a rigorous, scientific, and data-driven approach, Cure Violence Global™ helps communities to implement violence prevention programs that are effective in significantly reducing violence.

Our Mission: To reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.

See Our Impact

NGO Advisor searches around the world to choose a list of the top 200 NGOs in the world.  For the past 3 years, Cure Violence Global™ has been ranked in the top 10 of all NGOs globally, first in organizations dedicated to reducing violence.

Our Vision

Violence behaves like a contagious problem. It is transmitted through exposure, acquired through contagious brain mechanisms and social processes, and it can be effectively prevented and treated using health methods. To date, the health sector and health professionals have been highly underutilized for the prevention, treatment, and control of violence.

Shifting the Paradigm: Now is the time to mobilize our nation’s public health and healthcare systems and to utilize health methods to work with communities and other sectors to stop this epidemic.

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Violence interrupters are essential to helping calm the streets; they’re essential to helping keep the violence down; they’re essential to supporting our communities… My office is proud to support the Cure Violence model

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CVG Staff

Cure Violence Global Staff

Lupe Cruz

Guadalupe Cruz

Director, Latin America Programs

Guadalupe Cruz serves as the Director of Training for Latin and Central America, and has been a key member of the Cure Violence team since 2009, starting as a Violence Interrupter and later a site supervisor in Chicago. She is responsible for overseeing implementation, training, and technical assistance of the Cure Violence model in South Africa, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Colombia.

Brent Decker, Chief Program Officer

R. Brent Decker

Chief Program Officer

Brent Decker serves as Chief Program Officer for CVG, where he is responsible for overseeing all local, national, and international program implementation, oversight and curation of training for the entire Cure Violence ecosystem, and collaboratively setting and steering the strategic direction of the organization. Before joining Cure Violence, Mr. Decker worked on a number of social justice and community health projects in Latin America. Mr. Decker earned a masters degree in public health from Tulane University.

Dr. Fredrick L. Echols

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Fredrick L. Echols is the Chief Executive Officer for Cure Violence Global. Dr. Echols is a medical and public health professional. He previously served as the Director of Health and Health Commissioner for the City of St. Louis, and was the first medical doctor to serve as health director since 2007. In these roles, Dr. Echols oversaw all public health regulations and departmental operations, and led the City of St. Louis’ COVID-19 pandemic response. Prior to serving as the director, Dr. Echols served as director of Communicable Disease, Emergency Preparedness, Vector and Veterinary Programs for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, where he was responsible for overseeing daily operations, staff development and training, establishment of public-private partnerships, strategic planning, fiscal management of a multi-million-dollar budget and program development and implementation. Prior to starting his position with St. Louis County, Dr. Echols served as Chief of Communicable Diseases for the Illinois Department of Public Health and as a physician in the U.S. Navy, where he managed a staff of medical and ancillary personnel.

Dr. Echols holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med from Clark Atlanta University and a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Echols is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Dr. Charles N. Elliott, Ph.D

Senior Research Associate

Charles Elliott serves as the Data Specialist and Senior Research Associate at CVG. He is responsible for the CVG database, including data collection. reports, assessments, and training. Charles completed a PhD in International Conflict Management and a MS in Conflict Management in Atlanta, Georgia and holds over 15 years' experience in data science, working with nonprofit or community organizations to reduce or interrupt violence. Charles also has served seven years (active duty) in the US Air Force, awarded both the Iraqi Freedom and Global War on Terror (Afghanistan) campaign service medals.


Lourdes Henriquez

Program Implementation Specialist

Lourdes Henriquez serves as a Program Implementation Specialist on the CVG Latin America team, where she has worked in Honduras, Mexico, and Colombia. Pastor Henriquez is a native of Honduras and is a pastor at the Cristo es la Roca Church in Chamelecon, Honduras, where she was active in violence prevention and community building, and helped to implement the first Cure Violence site in Honduras.

Aric Johnson

Coordinator, National Strategic Partnerships

Aric Johnson serves as the Coordinator of National Strategic Partnerships for Cure Violence Global. Mr. Johnson is family man with a devotion to God, his beautiful wife, his two children, and is a licensed social worker, counselor, motivational speaker and mentor who is passionate about helping people live lives to their fullest potential. Aric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Georgia State University, a Master’s of Social Work from Kennesaw State University, and is a certified anger management specialist.

Takisha Keys

Director of Human Resources

Takisha Keys is CVG’s Director of Human Resources. Ms. Keys has worked in human resources for more than 16 years, specializing in putting in place human resource infrastructures, including talent recruitment, hiring, coaching, and retention programs; comprehensive benefit programs; employee policies and procedures; and employee training programs. She is responsible for all aspects of CVG’s human resources department. Prior to joining CVG, Ms. Keys was the North American Director of Operations and Human Resources for an international manufacturing company.

Jeryl Levin

Director of Development

Jeryl Levin serves as Director of Development for CVG. Ms. Levin has worked for more than two decades leading development and fundraising efforts for national and international organizations in the social justice and public policy space. She has developed fundraising operations for small NPOs, building infrastructure and significantly increasing their base of support, as well as larger organizations where she has trained and led teams to more fully realize potential across multiple funding streams. In addition, Jeryl has produced and published several books on race and ethnicity, working with scholars and community leaders across Chicago to help others better understand the rich and diverse tapestry of the city.

Jarmain Merritt

Program Implementation Specialist

Jarmain Merritt serves on a Program Implementation Specialist on the CVG US team, where he provides training and technical assistance to communities that are implementing the Cure Violence Approach. Mr. Merritt has provided training to more than 100 Program Managers, Directors, Outreach Workers, Community-Based Organizations and Violence Interrupters across the US and in Trinidad and Tobago.

Cassandra Paschall

Senior Research Associate and Project Manager

Cassandra Paschall serves as a Research Assistant at Cure Violence Global. She graduated from American University in 2019 with a BA in International Relations and a Minor in Religious Studies. She has worked on several projects including researching correlations between violence and COVID, responding to inquiries from various stakeholders, and developing training material. She also assists with social media, grant writing, and event planning.

Charlie Ransford

Senior Director of Science and Policy and Interim Director of Communications

Charlie Ransford serves as the Director of Science and Policy as well as the Director of Communications for CVG. Mr. Ransford is responsible for all communications, public relations, and federal policy for CVG, and additionally leads on online trainings, publications, and research related to the Cure Violence approach. Mr. Ransford earned a masters of public policy from the University of Chicago.

Danielle Russell

Executive Assistant to Dr. Fredrick Echols and Office Manager

Danielle Russell is CVG’s Executive Assistant and Office Manager. In this capacity she provides essential support to CVG’s CEO, Dr. Frederick Echols, and the entire organization. Prior to joining CVG, she served as Executive Assistant to the CEO of a Michigan school district, Executive Assistant to the EVP & Controller of an oil company. Prior to that she spent five years working in the financial industry. Ms. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University.

Frank Sanchez

Frankie Sanchez

Program Implementation Specialist

Frankie Sanchez serves as an international trainer at Cure Violence Global, responsible for building and guiding programs throughout Latin America including in Mexico, Honduras, Argentina and El Salvador, and in partnership with organizations such as Save The Children, USAID, the World Bank and others.

Micky Scheffki

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mickey Scheffki serves as CVG’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Scheffki has over 30 years of experience working in the accounting/finance profession, primarily focused on serving nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes auditing, tax, design and implementation of accounting and financial management systems, grants management/compliance and reporting, as well as budgeting, forecasting and cash flow management. She is a licensed CPA (Illinois), holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University, and has served as board member of several nonprofit and professional organizations. A retired partner of a national CPA firm, she now focuses her time serving as CVG’s Interim CFO, where she shares responsibilities for all financial, compliance and accounting operations for the organization.

Amir Shipp

Program Implementation Specialist

Robert “Amir” Shipp serves as a Program Implementation Specialist with Cure Violence. His major responsibilities include providing training and technical assistance to communities who are implementing the Cure Violence Approach throughout the U.S. and abroad. Amir provides his expertise training dozens of organizations while working side-by-side with site directors, program managers, supervisors, outreach workers, violence interrupters and community-based organizations.

Joaquin Tankey

Program Implementation Specialist

Joaquin Tankey serves as a Program Implementation Specialist on the CVG US team, where he has helped communities across the country to implement the Cure Violence approach. Mr. Tankey is a native of Chicago and grew up in the Englewood community.

Nicole Vaughn

Program Implementation Specialist

Kenyatta "Nicole" Vaughn serves as a Program Coordinator for Cure Violence and is responsible for helping cities to implement the Cure Violence approach. She is the former Director of the Cure Violence site in Chicago’s Englewood community, where she has been a longtime community leader, co-founding the non-profit We R Englewood and restoring the historic Englewood Back to School Parade. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from DePaul University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Susan Westbrook

Susan Westbrook

Accounting Manager

Susan Westbrook is CVG’s Accounting Manager. Ms. Westbrook is a licensed CPA (Illinois) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining CVG, she held staff positions at several nonprofit organizations. At CVG, she is responsible for monitoring and recording the day-to-day accounting transactions in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

Demeatreas Whatley

Program Implementation Specialist

Demeatreas Whatley serves as a Program Specialist on the CVG US team where he helps cities to implement the Cure Violence approach. Mr. Whatleyformerly served as the Director of the Cure Violence site in Chicago’s Grand Crossing community, where he led a team of 11 violence interrupters and four outreach workers that significantly reduced violence in their community. Previous to that, Mr. Whatley served as a CVG violence interrupter for nine years, mediating more than 100 conflicts and saving dozens of lives. Mr. Whatley earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago where he was an Obama Scholar.

Cobe Williams

Director, US Programs

Ricardo “Cobe” Williams serves as Director of US Programs for CVG, where he oversees training and technical assistance for more than 50 sites across more than 20 cities. Mr. Williams began his career as a violence interrupter in Englewood on Chicago’s south side. His work as an interrupter was chronicled in the 2011 award-winning film “The Interrupters” which was selected by The New Yorker magazine, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best films of 2011. Mr. Williams received the “Hero Award” from former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Daria Zvetina, M.Ed

Chief of Staff

Daria Zvetina is CVG’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing office management, human resources, finance, and grants and contracts departments. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Zvetina was Cure Violence's Director of Strategy and Grants. Before joining Cure Violence, she spent more than 20 years as an independent consultant providing program and systems design and implementation consultation and government and foundation proposal development, research, writing, editing and technical assistance to local, state, and national nonprofit and government agencies. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Arizona State University.

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Jeremy Kaufman

CVG Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer of Kaufman Jacobs

Jeremy Kaufman serves as Chief Executive Officer of Kaufman Jacobs, a leading real estate development firm that pursues capital protection and appreciation through the acquisition of undervalued commercial real estate, with emphasis on General Services Administration (GSA) leased assets and complex situations. The firm has a proud tradition of exceptional investment management over its nearly seven-decade history, and has owned and managed tens of millions of square feet of commercial real estate across each of the major asset classes. In this role Jeremy is responsible for the firm’s overall direction and leadership and also heads the firm’s investment activities, including acquisitions, transaction structuring, and investor relations.

Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, structured finance, and project development. Since becoming KJ’s CEO in 2002, he has successfully concluded the acquisition or development of over 5 million square feet with aggregate value over $1 billion. Through judicious acquisitions, leasing, and aggressive management, he has created significant equity value for investors in Kaufman Jacobs’ real estate ventures.

Mr. Kaufman has also developed real estate and energy projects abroad, including the development and installation of a thermal power plant on the Guayas River in Ecuador, where he lived for almost two years.

Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell

Senior Fellow, FXB Centre for Health & Human Rights, T.H. Chan School of Public Health of Harvard University

Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell is an accomplished manager and has dedicated her professional life to social development, human rights, and the protection of children. By combining science and evidence with action and advocacy, she is an inspiring teambuilder, working both effectively and respectfully across cultures. For a total of twenty-seven years Susan worked for UNICEF in roles that stretched from the UN HQ in NY to many years spent abroad, principally in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India, focusing primarily on child welfare, protection and life-enrichment. Most recently she was the Founding Director of the Global Partnership to end Violence Against Children, which she ran for two years.

For the six years prior to that, Susan was UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection. In this role she provided leadership and strategic direction for UNICEF’s global Child Protection programs which spanned the organizational mandate in situations of armed conflict and natural disaster, as well as in development contexts. Among the ‘issues’ covered were children and armed conflict, justice for children, child labor, inter-country adoption, child trafficking, small arms and land mines, and violence in its broadest definition. To accomplish this Susan’s team of 35 professionals utilized a $500M budget to provide technical support to UNICEF’s more than 150 field offices.

Susan made regular media appearances including on the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and other outlets and given numerous print interviews. She has received many awards and honors, been published over thirty times and been part to the production of four films. Susan has a PhD in Public Health and Medical Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, a Masters in Development Studies/Law from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of Toronto. In addition to English, she speaks French, Italian and Spanish, and now lives on New York where she serves as an independent consultant.

Dr. Eric Goosby

Biden Coronavirus Task Force Member

Dr. Eric Goosby is an internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases who has participated in program and policy development at the highest levels of government. He was the founding director of the Ryan White CARE Act in 1991 and subsequently served in the Clinton Administration to expand the program considerably. As Global AIDS Coordinator under President Barack Obama, he was responsible for implementing the President's emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Eric currently serves as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Tuberculosis. He is an elected member of the National Academy and currently serves as Director of the UCSF Center for Implementation Sciences. He has served as a mentor to countless mentees in areas of policy and advocacy for millions of patients living with HIV and other infectious diseases. Professor, School of Medicine. He is also the Director, Center for Implementation Sciences, a University of California, San Francisco Global Health Sciences Member, and a member of the CFAR Scientific Council.

David Kanis, PhD

Professor Emeritus at Chicago State University

Dr. David Kanis is professor emeritus at Chicago State University, where he served as Associate Vice President of Grants and Research Administration, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Kanis is a Fulbright Scholar and a highly regarded professor who has spent his career making higher education accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. In 2022, Dr. Kanis led the opening of the Dr. David Kanis Child Development Center, an educational childcare program at the University.

Scott Lassar

Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin; Former US Attorney (Chicago)

Scott Lassar is senior counsel in the Chicago office of Sidley, one of the world’s leading law firms. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Scott’s practice involves all aspects of white collar criminal defense, including price fixing, anti-bribery, securities fraud, insider trading, environmental crimes, tax fraud, and healthcare fraud. Scott also has conducted over 40 investigations for public and private companies.

Scott has tried over 45 cases in federal court as a prosecutor and in private practice, including trials involving price fixing, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, securities and commodity trading, accountant’s liability, trade secrets, and federal criminal violations. Scott also represents parties in intellectual property litigation. His clients are global and include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and on their behalf he interfaces with the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and numerous other regulatory and governmental bodies. Scott serves on the American Bar Association/Department of Justice Dialogue Group, which meets regularly with the Attorney General on white collar crime issues, and he also serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Scott is recognized in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense . Scott is also named as a leading lawyer in Chicago for litigation in white-collar & government investigations by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2017). Additionally, Scott is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2013–2019 in Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation. Scott is also recognized as a Litigation Star in the United States in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation. Scott is admitted to the Bar of the US Supreme Court as well as multiple US Courts of Appeals and District Courts in the Midwest.

Tracie McClendon-Cole

Deputy Director, Kansas City Department of Public Health

Tracie McClendon-Cole is Deputy Director of Health for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. As such, she is responsible for overseeing regulatory programs for a large, metropolitan health department; planning and coordinating department administrative activities (human resources, building maintenance and budget/fiscal); working with department managers that direct nearly 200 employees in a number of health-related professional disciplines: including public affairs, disease prevention and emergency preparedness services, environmental services, maternal-child health, community-family outreach and education. In addition, she monitors legislative activities affecting public health programs. Furthermore, she works to enhance the Department’s ability to address emerging issues impacting cultural diversity, health inequities in vulnerable communities, including; the economic impact of reduced public health funding, as well as continuing to foster violence prevention efforts and improve departmental relationships with community and civic partners.

Tracie has more than 20 years of experience brokering government relationships and activities with community residents and organizations, plus administering numerous community-involved grants through local government. Additionally, she continues her social justice practice by helping to further the mission of the evidence-based violence prevention strategies and policies. McClendon-Cole developed and founded the health department’s Aim4Peace Violence Prevention Program (the second national Cure Violence replication site), which is designed to increase the capacity of the community to handle its own disputes and empower citizens through community mobilization to peacefully resolve conflicts and increase protective measures to enhance positive health outcomes. McClendon-Cole also provides direct oversight and guidance to the KCMO Health Commission’s Violence Free KC Committee, which is a prevention collaborative endeavoring to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of Kansas Citians, including those most impacted by multiple forms of violence and trauma.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Khalil’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice in modern U.S. History. He is co-editor of “Constructing the Carceral State,” a special issue of the Journal of American History, and contributor to a National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014), as well as the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.

Khalil is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and has received numerous honors for his commitment to public engagement, including BPI Chicago’s Champion of the Public Interest Award (2018), The Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award (2017), Ebony Power 100 (2013), The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014), and Crain’s New York Business magazine 40 under 40 (2011).

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte & Touche, LLP, as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University.

Seanne Murray, JD

Founder and CEO of Attain 9, Inc.

Ms. Murray is the founder and CEO of Attain 9, Inc., a consulting and production company that works with companies and individuals in strategic planning, high value partnerships, and business development. Ms. Murray has consulted with a wide array of clients, including client in private equity, technology, fine art, and entertainment. Her projects have included superstars such as Smokey Robinson, Ray Lewis, Larry King, George Lopez, and Rosanna Arquette. Ms. Murray launched a social enterprise, Stop All Violence, to connect influence, capital, and expertise to promote peace in the world.

Dan Ratner

Founder, Public Good

Dan Ratner is an entrepreneur, technologist, and writer who is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place by empowering everyone to make a difference. He’s co-founder and CEO of Public Good, the leader in connecting the news with actions people can take to make a change in the world. Dan loves explaining technical topics to nontechnical audiences and his writing has been published globally in six languages, in outlets ranging from USA Today to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dan is the co-author of two books on nanotechnology, a white paper on the importance of social causes to brands, two peer-reviewed papers on machine learning, and he’s flying solo on an upcoming thriller novel about Marco Polo. Dan is also a board member of Open Books. Previously, he was the Director of Technology at Obama for America 2012 and CTO of Sittercity, America’s first and largest service dedicated to finding quality care online.

Dr. Rima Salah

Professor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Rima Salah, a national of Jordan, is a faculty member at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (SUNY-Binghamton). She is former Member of the United Nations High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

A former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, U.N. Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), Dr. Salah has had a distinguished career with UNICEF. She was the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations in UNICEF (2011-12) and Deputy Executive Director (2004-07). She was also the UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa (1999-2004) and in this capacity was responsible for all UNICEF operations in that region. Dr. Salah also served as UNICEF representative in a number of countries including Vietnam, Burkina Faso as well head of office in Queta, Pakistan.

As a highly effective advocate for the rights of children and women in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, she contributed to Security Council (SC) Resolution 1612 on child rights violations and Security Council (SC) resolution 1325 Women, Peace, and Security. Dr. Salah has received many awards of distinction from several non governmental organization and U.N. Member States, including the French Legion of Honor.

Dr. Gary Slutkin

Founder, Cure Violence Global; Former Director of Intervention Development, World Health Organization

Gary Slutkin is founder, former CEO of Cure Violence Global and credited with innovating the epidemic control approach to violence prevention. Gary is a physician and epidemiologist and has led efforts to combat epidemics of tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS. He worked in over 25 countries in east and central Africa, Latin America and Asia, consulted on SARS and Ebola, was the Director of Intervention for the World Health Organization and is currently tracking and advising governments on COVID19.

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Bruce Strohm

Bruce Strohm is the former Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of Equity Residential, a NYSE and S&P 500 public company, based in Chicago. EQR is one of the largest apartment companies in the United States with 80,000 apartments units, with a market capitalization in excess of $30 billion.

Frederick C. Tuomi

Mr. Tuomi served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Invitation Homes Inc, the nation’s largest single-family rental company, from 2017 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to its merger with Invitation Homes, Mr. Tuomi served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Starwood Waypoint Homes from 2016 until 2017. Prior to its merger with Starwood Waypoint Homes, he served as CoPresident and Chief Operating Officer of Colony American Homes, Inc. from 2013 until 2016. Mr. Tuomi was Executive Vice President and President—Property Management for Equity Residential, the nation’s largest multi-family REIT, from 1994 until his retirement in 2013. He led the development of Equity Residential’s property management group through years of rapid growth and expansion, while helping to pioneer its leading operational platform. Prior to Equity Residential, he was President of Residential Asset Management Group, a subsidiary of Post Properties.

Throughout Mr. Tuomi’s career, he has served on numerous real estate industry boards and executive committees, including the National Rental Home Council, National Multi-Housing Council, California Housing Council, California Apartment Association, Atlanta Apartment Association and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Mr. Tuomi has also served as a director and on the Audit and Compensation Committees of Tejon Ranch Co., a public diversified real estate development and agribusiness company. He currently serves as a Venture Partner with Real Estate Technology Ventures, a Director of SmartRent and serves as an advisory board member for the Neighborhood Investment Company and for Cure Violence Global, which is dedicated to reducing violence and rated number 9 in the world among non-government organizations.

Employment Opportunities


Positions currently open:

Director of Communications

Cure Violence Global (CVG) is seeking a Director of Communications who will lead, oversee, and execute the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy to substantially enhance the visibility and image of Cure Violence and the health approach to violence prevention within multiple audiences including policy and civic leaders, the broader scientific community, the Cure Violence Global® network, the media, and general public.

Director of Communications Position Description

Director of Finance

Cure Violence Global (CVG) is seeking a Director of Finance who will be responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. This position ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions. The Director of Finance also oversees cost and general accounting, accounts receivable/collection, payroll, and risk management.

Director of Finance Position Description

Instructional Designer

Cure Violence Global (CVG) is seeking an Instructional Designer who will be responsible for applying systematic methodology rooted in instructional theories and models to help CVG design and develop content, experiences, and other solutions to revamp current and create new best-in-class training materials and to train partners in CVG’s public health approach to violence reduction and develop e-learning materials and systems for the broader violence prevention field. This is a two-year, grant-funded position which may be extended if future funding is secured.

Instructional Designer Position Description

CVG is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cure Violence Global Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Cure Violence Global, we strive to promote human dignity, the common good, and community-led action as essential components of our health-based approach to eradicating violence around the world.

We recognize that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as queer (LGBTQ+), disabled, and otherwise marginalized communities are more likely to experience violence as a result of systemic injustice. Our work seeks to prevent violence and pave the way for social and economic rebuilding.

CVG is committed to honoring everyone’s dignity with equitable and inclusive hiring and operational practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and mental and physical disabilities. CVG encourages applicants who bring work or lived experience in low- and middle-income communities or countries, as well as the perspectives of communities experiencing violence.

The contagious nature of violence requires collaborative efforts in its prevention and treatment. In the course of our work, CVG has learned that safety from violence is an issue worldwide, and that effectively reducing violence and transforming communities will benefit the common good. We believe that investing in health-based violence prevention is essential to reducing inequity.

One of the key tenets of our model is that the people within communities most directly impacted by violence are the ones best suited to address it. Community-led action means that we understand our position as supportive agents of violence reduction and that we act in solidarity with credible messengers to share our public health approach, resources, and implementation strategies with local organizations who can mobilize to stop violence.

Consistent with our policies, procedures, protocol, and handbooks, Cure Violence Global views diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of CVG’s mission to reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods. We envision a world in which equitable, health-based methods are at the center of violence prevention everywhere around the world.

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