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Jeff Grant, Board of Advisors

jeffgrant4Jeff Grant has dedicated his life to various forms of service, both professionally and personally. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Family Reentry, Inc., where he serves as its Vice Chairman, and as volunteer Chief Operating Officer of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fresh Start Enterprises. Under his leadership, Fresh Start Enterprises refocused its core business to real estate property services. In changing from a business-to-consumer model to business-to-business model, Fresh Start Enterprises increased its sales revenues from $114K in fiscal 2010, to $350K in 2011, and is projected over $500K for 2012. Now employment training more than twice the number of ex-offenders, formal classroom and on-the-job training programs have been enlarged and completed, with full outcome accountability and performance measurability. Ex-offender clients attend a “Community Matters” team meeting each Saturday morning that offers soft skills instruction and specific work place training. Yale University Research has proven that ex-offenders who complete the Fresh Start program reduce their chances of recidivism by over fifty-four (54%) percent. In fall 2011, Jeff’s work at Family Reentry and Fresh Start Enterprises was recognized when he was given the Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism. Mrs. Bush appeared at the Family Reentry Annual Benefit and personally gave Jeff a commemorative plaque in honor of the occasion.

Jeff is currently a Masters of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, with a focus in Social Justice and Ethics. Jeff's Master's thesis is a book about redemption through service in the ex-offender community, which he expects to complete in time for his graduation in May 2012. He recently co-led a four-day Bible & Golf Retreat in Vermont for the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, and is a leader of its monthly men’s bible study. Jeff volunteered for several years at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut where he helped to develop its volunteer orientation, training and evaluation program, mentored other volunteers and ran dual diagnosis and adolescent groups. Jeff was also a volunteer at Liberation House, in Stamford, Connecticut, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for criminal justice placements. Jeff served two terms as a Trustee on a school board in Westchester County, New York. He is certified in CPT Non-Violent Crisis Intervention; by the American Red Cross for CPR-AED; and by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program. Jeff is a requested speaker for charitable and public action groups.

Jeff is also on the Board of Advisors of Creative Projects Group®, LLC, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in alternative dispute resolution to the sports and entertainment industries, and is a leading supporter of community ADR for poor people without access to the court system.

Jeff was a practicing attorney for more than twenty years, practicing in the areas of business and real estate law. He was general counsel to some of the most well known closely- held and family-owned companies in the New York area. He formerly owned and operated a restaurant in Westchester County. Jeff lives in Greenwich with his wife Lynn. He has two daughters and a stepdaughter. He has played guitar for over forty years.

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