Founder & President
Marlon Peterson is a writer and author of Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song, and TED Speaker. Marlon has been honored by Ebony Magazine as one of the POWER 100 Most Inspiring Leaders in the Black Community. He is founder and president of Precedential Group, a social impact initiative that works to address the trauma revolving around the intersections of race, gender, violence, police violence and community violence. He is also the host of the DEcarcerated podcast which highlights the journeys of resilience, redemption, and success of formerly incarcerated people. Marlon has spearheaded the creation of two youth development programs in New York City, How Our Lives Link Altogether (H.O.L.L.A!) and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO SOS). With a focus on gun violence prevention and youth advocacy, both programs have provided programming for hundreds of young people. He has written extensively and his pieces have been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Nation, Ebony, and Gawker. Marlon is a Senior Atlantic Institute Fellow and was a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. Marlon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, A Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.