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Reggie Fullwood is a native of Jacksonville and is the President of Operation New Hope. In this role, Reggie manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and its programs. He previously served as the Chief Operations Officer and Program Director for the agency’s nationally recognized Ready4Work reentry initiative. Prior to joining Operation New Hope, Reggie served in various leadership roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors working at companies like Vestcor and AT&T.
He also served as the Executive Director at Metro North Community Development Corp. in Jacksonville, where he led the nonprofit to record single family home sales and created several new community-based programs. He also consulted in the development of several Northeast Florida multifamily affordable housing communities.
In 1999, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Jacksonville City Council where he represented District 9 and served two terms. While on the City Council, he chaired several committees including Finance twice, which is responsible for balancing the city’s annual budget. Reggie was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2010 and represented District 13 for six years before resigning from office due to legal issues, which helped shape his passion for the work he does at Operation New Hope.
He uses his personal testimony to inspire clients and has become an advocate for second chances and criminal justice reform. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of North Florida. He also attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and is a graduate of Leadership Florida.