Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, M.S.

President & CEO

Renata cobbs fletcher

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 youth, racial and social justice for all people.

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 under-resourced communities. The primary focus of Renata's work was incarceration, reentry from incarceration, and initiatives focused on males of color.

Projects included Ready4Work – a $25M, national 17-site prisoner reentry demonstration project funded by the U.S. Departments of Labor & Justice which served over 5,000 juveniles and young adults, and realized reductions in recidivism as well as strong employment, mentoring and educational outcomes; programs in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, the City of Newark, NJ (with then-Mayor Corey Booker, now a U.S. Senator), and in Providence, Rhode Island and Boise, Idaho.

Renata has also served at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) as Assistant General Secretary for Integration & Impact and at Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership LEAP) as Executive Director and before that Director of Development.

Renata received a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.S. in Social Change Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania's Schoool for Policy & Practice. 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 at The Brookings Institution, the National Urban League, and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.