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Marlon Peterson

Executive Director

College & Community Fellowship
Brooklyn, NY


Marlon Peterson is executive director of the College & Community Fellowship, a human justice organization committed to supporting optimal outcomes for women & girls impacted by the criminal legal system, and the author of "Bird UNCAGED: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song." 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 has been honored by Ebony Magazine and was a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior & Change from New York University and an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth University. 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.

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