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Reggie Fullwood is the President and CEO of Operation New Hope (ONH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of people affected by the justice system. 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 Director for the agency’s nationally recognized Ready4Work reentry program. Prior to joining Operation New Hope, Reggie served in various leadership roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors.
With nearly 25 years of experience providing reentry services, ONH has established itself as a leader in the field. With offices in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orlando, Tampa, and Florida’s Space Coast, the organization provides wrap around services and training to people affected by the justice system with the goal of reconnecting them to the workforce, their families, and their communities. Reggie is charged with leading the organization’s expansion into a statewide reentry network that serves the over 30,000 people leaving the Florida correctional system every year.
A former public official, he was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 1999 and the Florida Legislature in 2010 serving for six years before resigning from office due to legal issues. Having to overcome this challenge helped to shape his passion for the work he does at Operation New Hope. He uses his personal testimony to inspire returning citizens and has become an advocate for second chances and criminal justice reform.
Reggie 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 Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. Community service is his passion, and he also serves on the board of directors for Ability Housing, a nonprofit focused on transforming lives through quality affordable housing and Arize Together, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual exploitation.