Jeffrey Deskovic

Jeffrey Deskovic is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, which fights wrongful convictions through raising awareness, seeking changes in the law, exonerating the innocent, and helping exonerees reintegrate back into society. At age 17, despite a negative DNA test, Jeff was wrongfully convicted of a murder and rape which he did not commit. After losing all seven of his appeals and being turned down for parole, in the 16th year of his sentence (2006), Jeff was exonerated with the help of The Innocence Project.  Further DNA testing via the DNA Databank not only reaffirmed his innocence, but also identified the actual perpetrator, who was serving time for having killed a mother of two just a few years after committing the initial crime. 

Jeff has authored over 200 articles and given hundreds of print, radio, and television interviews including multiple appearances on CNN, Al Jazeera AmericaThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal; he currently serves as the wrongful conviction expert on The Security Brief.  He has lobbied elected officials in New York, Conn., and Washington D.C. and testified at legislative hearings in NY and Connecticut where wrongful conviction prevention legislation was considered. Working collaboratively with New Yorkers Against The Death Penalty, Jeff played a  major role in warding off capital punishment reinstatement efforts in New York in 2007, and was a part of the successful effort to legislatively repeal the death penalty in Connecticut. He has conducted numerous seminars at judicial gatherings, bar associations, prosecutorial groups, and other professional associations.  He is certified as an instructor and has given numerous lectures to soon-to-be graduating classes of police and correction officers.  He co-designed a wrongful conviction college course syllabus which was taught at Farleigh Dickinson University and additionally co-taught a wrongful conviction college course at Rockland Community College. 
 
Jeff is a graduate of Mercy College, which had awarded him a scholarship, and has a Masters Degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with includes a thesis written on the causes of wrongful conviction along with the reforms needed to address them. He is listed in John Jay College of Criminal Justice's "Fifty at Fifty" book as one of the top 50 standout students in John Jay's 50 year history and in 2014, won New York 1's "New Yorker of the Week" award. Most recently, Jeff was honored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for his advocacy work and dedication to the cause of wrongful conviction.  Jeff is additionally an advisory board member of It Can Happen To You, and a co-owner of RECHARGE Beyond The Bars Re-Entry Game, which helps the formerly incarcerated reconnect with family and friends.

 

Paul Michael Viollis, SR. Ph.D.

Prior to assuming the Chief Executive position of RCS, Dr. Viollis’ professional business resume includes President & CEO of Corporate Risk Consulting, Senior Managing Director for Citigate Global Intelligence & Security and Vice President at Kroll where he served on their post September 11 th Threat Assessment Team.

Over Paul’s storied career in both law enforcement and security, he developed a diverse base of expertise in various areas of the criminal justice system ranging from his position as supervisor for the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Court Unit and Security Specialist/Supervisor under the United States Space Command and CO of a Florida State Police Academy. He is a renowned public speaker and has served as a subject matter expert in private client security, workplace violence, behavioral analysis, workplace security and counter terrorism threat assessment.

Paul is the author and lead editor for Jane’s Publishing’s book “Workplace Security”, Contributing Editor for Jane's "School Safety Handbook", "Teachers Safety Guide" and "Crisis Communications Handbook" and most recently co-authored his marquee book, “Silent Safety - Best Practices for Protecting the Affluent” with RCS President Doug Kane. In addition, he tours yearly on the speaking circuit presenting on issues ranging from workplace violence, private client security and workplace security. Dr.  Viollis has appeared and been quoted in media outlets, including CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, Reuters, ABC, CNBC, CBS, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal Radio, National Public Radio, CSO, Forbes, Robb Report, Worth, Business Insurance and CFO. Currently, he serves as a columnist for Worth Magazine on security issues and was recently featured in Leaders Magazine as an industry leader. Paul is also the host of “The Security Brief” at CBS’ Play.It network.

His professional affiliations include, Florida Police Chiefs Association, InfraGard, Business Executives for National Security, and the distinction o f Honorary Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

 

Wallace Ford

Wallace Ford, a graduate of Dartmouth College (where he was a Senior Fellow) and Harvard Law School, is Chairman of the Department of Public Administration in the School of Business at Medgar Evers College in the City University of the City of New York.

His career and accomplishments is described in his various positions in the public and private sectors. In the private sector he has worked as a corporate attorney, senior executive of a venture capital company, senior executive of an investment banking firm, international corporate attorney and management consultant.

As an international attorney he has represented corporate clients in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. As a business consultant he has worked extensively in Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. His clients have included the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the Irish Stock Exchange, the City of Johannesburg, Bloomberg LLP, the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, National Sorghum Breweries (South Africa), Clorox, Anheuser Busch, Kensington Publishing and Black Entertainment Television.

As the founder and principal of Fordworks LLC, a management consultant firm, he has worked on a range of commercial and intergovernmental matters in Africa and the Caribbean. Clients have included the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Ministry of Trade and Development in Ghana, the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Toub Associates (Nigeria), the Office of the President of the Republic of Haiti, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

In the public sector he has served as Counsel to the New York Assembly Committee on Banking. He has also worked as the direct appointee of two New York State governors (Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo) and one New York City Mayor (David N. Dinkins). Positions that he has held include Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce, President and CEO of the State of New York Mortgage Agency, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Ports and Trade and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services.

In academia, prior to his appointment as an Associate Professor at Medgar Evers College, he has taught at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs, John Jay College in the City University of New York, Pace University, Metropolitan College of New York and La Universidad Externado (Bogota, Colombia).

He has served on numerous boards including Haitel, S.A. (Telecommunications in Haiti), Gridline Communications, Inc., Edwin Gould Services for Children, United Way International, the Nelson Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College, the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, the Center for Arts Education and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.

He has written numerous columns and articles for magazines, newspapers, anthologies and other publications and he is an author with two published novels, a weekly contemporary commentary blog that is read in 66 countries and is the host of a weekly television talk show that is carried to 36 million homes in the United States.

He is a native and resident of Harlem, New York and the father of Wallace III.