What we do
The Office of Reentry Partnerships (ORP) elevates and organizes citywide reentry efforts by serving as the City’s hub for referrals, resources, and training.
The goals of the Office of Reentry Partnerships are to:
- Set a clear vision and direction for a measurable citywide approach to improving reentry outcomes.
- Drive and sustain an unprecedented level of coordination between the local government, other government partners, service providers, education and training programs, employers, and community members.
- Ensure that City reentry initiatives are research- and data-driven.
Examples of initiatives managed or staffed by the Office of Reentry Partnerships include the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition and Neighborhood Resource Centers.
As Executive Director of ORP, Assata sets a clear vision and direction for a comprehensive citywide approach to improving reentry outcomes and reducing recidivism.
Prior to her current role, she served as Chief Community Justice Officer of the Institute for Community Justice (ICJ), a program of Philadelphia FIGHT. As Chief, she oversaw the effective execution of ICJ’s aims to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities impacted by mass incarceration.
Assata has over 20 years of social service experience. She commenced her training as a Corrections Officer with the State of New Jersey and became the first female President of the Corrections Officers Training Academy of New Jersey. Concurrently, she received a B.A. with honors from Rutgers University in Africana and Urban Studies and a Masters of Restorative Justice from Vermont Law and Graduate School.
She is a passionate advocate on behalf of those affected by mass incarceration; moreover, having lived through the experience of a felony conviction, she is uniquely qualified to speak with credibility and authority to the issues facing all who have been affected by the system. Her personal trajectory and hard-won successes fuel her passion for helping others.