This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Ronald Simpson-Bey

Just Leadership USA
Director of Outreach & Alumni Engagement
New York NY
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a formerly incarcerated leader working as the alumni associate for JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) and a 2015 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JLUSA, coordinating a nationwide network of 388 formerly incarcerated leaders. As a decarceration leader committed to cutting the national prison population in half by 2030, Ronald is steering team member of the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration and Nation Outside organizations for returning citizens. Ronald comes to this work from many dimensions. He served 27 years in the Michigan prison system before his conviction was reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct. He is an engaged, thoughtful, and creative leader, founding many enrichment programs rooted in transformation, redemption, and self-accountability. Ronald has attended Eastern Michigan University, Mott Community College, and Jackson Community College. He has worked as a staff paralegal at the former Prison Legal Services of Michigan.