Lorenzo Jones

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Lorenzo Jones is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. He has more than 25 years of experience mentoring community leaders and organizing communities to make systemic change. As a trainer, strategist, and coach, Jones is sought after by groups across the United States and globally. Over the past 15 years, he has served as a strategic advisor and consultant to criminal justice and drug policy reform organizers and campaigns across the country. Jones’s leadership strategy focuses on teaching everyday people that they can make the change they want to see, and helping organizers understand the political terrain on which they operate.

Most recently in 2015, with gabriel sayegh and Melody Lee, Lorenzo founded and launched the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice with offices in Brooklyn, NY, Hartford, CT, and Albany, NY. Since its launch, Katal has continued to work towards justice and public health reform in both New York and Connecticut - including the decarceration of human beings in NYC jails and prisons, expanded public health services for people who use drugs, and increasing the diversion of people from arrest and the criminal justice system.

Always committed to the development of youth community organizers, Jones continued a 2013 partnership with the Perrin Family Foundation in Connecticut to build and launch BLOC. BLOC, Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity, is training small cohorts of young community organizers in Connecticut. BLOC is now the flagship organizing training program at Katal. Today through BLOC, Katal provides a one-year Community Organizing Apprenticeship to provide an on-ramp for people exploring a career in community organizing and those young people wanting to do system change and social justice work.

He lives in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife Kimberly. They have three children – Jordan, Lorenzo Jr., and Loren. Born and raised in Chicago, Jones is an avid fan of the Bears, Bulls and the Blackhawks.