Marlon Smith serves as chief consultant to the Working Partner team on projects related to racial equity and inclusion.
He is especially gifted in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. He is author of two books, Black Lives Houston: Voices of Our Generation and Reshaping Beloved Community: The Experiences of Black Male Felons and Their Impact on Black Radical Traditions.
Marlon is the Founder and CEO of Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council. He has held senior level leadership roles in nationally recognized faith-based and nonprofit organizations, including overseeing the reentry division for Innerchange Freedom Initiative (IFI) Texas, one of the country’s oldest and largest faith-based prison re-entry programs, where he helped reduce recidivism and boost college enrollment. In addition, Marlon has led in the development, planning, and evaluation of various community development programs and initiatives in partnership with various stakeholders, including with Texas Southern University, the City of Houston Health Department, Houston Independent School District, and The Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Marlon earned his BA from the University of Houston, a Master’s in Theological Studies from Texas Christian University and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University.
WHAT OUR PARTNERS VALUE MOST
Marlon brings over twenty years of experience in community engagement, program development and project leadership for faith-based and nonprofit organizations, particularly in communities of color. He is a skilled writer and educator with over 20 years of experience in training and leadership development.