Robert Rooks is the Organizing Director of Californians for Safety and Justice, providing leadership for key programs, including the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Criminal Justice Advocacy networks. He joined Safe and Just after three years with the NAACP, where he served as both National Criminal Justice Director and Executive Director of the California State Conference. Prior to NAACP, he was a national criminal justice reform expert and labor organizer working on sentencing reform and green jobs. Robert has served in senior leadership roles at A Better Way Foundation (in Connecticut), Justice Strategies and the Institute for Community Research. For several years, Robert was a grant reviewer for California HIV/AIDS Research Programs.