Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement

Detroit, Michigan

As I participated the 2015 inaugural Leading with Conviction (LwC) cohort, I immediately realized that working for JLUSA would be my dream job. After I graduated, my dream came true and I was hired as the Alumni Associate. I have since been promoted to Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement.

Ronald D. Simpson-Bey works as the Director of Outreach & Alumni Engagement for JLUSA and is a 2015 LwC Fellow. He is a national decarceration leader committed to cutting the number of people under correctional supervision in half by 2030. Ronald does policy advocacy work with the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI), and community organizing with the Nation Outside organization for returning citizens. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Chance For Life (CFL) organization in Detroit, Michigan. Ronald served 27 years in the Michigan prison system as an engaged, thoughtful, and creative leader, founding many enrichment programs rooted in transformation, redemption, and self-accountability. He attended Eastern Michigan University, Mott Community College, and Jackson Community College and has worked as a staff paralegal at the former Prison Legal Services of Michigan, Inc.