Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, M.S.
President and CEO
Renata joined Northern in June 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience in leading social program design, implementation, research, and policies, as well as in direct service and fund development. Working in Philadelphia and in over 25 U.S. cities and ten countries across five global regions, she is passionate about social justice and social change.
As a Vice President and through other ascending positions, Renata worked for eight years at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a Philadelphia-based, national action-based research and practice organization focused on tackling critical challenges facing children, youth and families living in high-poverty.
One of the achievements Renata is most proud at P/PV of is her role on Ready4Work – a $25M, national 17-site prisoner reentry demonstration project funded by the U.S. Departments of Labor & Justice and several private foundations, which served over 5,000 juveniles and young adults and resulted in reductions in recidivism as well strong employment, mentoring and educational outcomes. Other P/PV project highlights include The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Faith-Based Project, The Choice is Yours – Philadelphia based alternative to incarceration program; and, The Ready2Thrive Web-Based Resource Center and Practitioners’ Network, a set of resources and platform for peer-to-peer exchange for program, research, and policy work specific to males of color.
Renata has also served as Assistant General Secretary for Integration & Impact at the Philadelphia-based American Friends Service Committee, Development Director and then Executive Director for New Haven, CT-based Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, and as a consultant focused on various strategies, design, technical assistance and capacity building efforts.
Renata received a B.A. from Spelman College, and an M.S. in Social Change Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a former Fellow at the Wharton Leadership Program for the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact.
Renata has authored or co-authored over ten publications, has testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees, and has made many presentations, including for the Brookings Institution, the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the National Urban League.