Host organization: Brooklyn Community Foundation
Marlon Peterson will advocate for bold measures to end gun violence and increase community safety in New York City through the creation of zones where no one will need to carry a gun—not even the police.
Peterson, who served over 10 years in prison for his role in a gun-related crime, has since become a prominent voice in efforts to stem gun violence. He is the founder of the Precedential Group, a social justice consulting firm, and is former director of community relations at the Fortune Society. He previously served as associate director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and founding coordinator of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets. He sits on several nonprofit boards and is a member of the New York City Task Force to Combat Gun Violence. Peterson holds degrees from Ashworth University and NYU. His writing has appeared in Ebony, Gawker, the Crime Report, Black Press USA, the Brooklyn Reader, and he was featured in the internationally acclaimed blog, Humans of New York.