Robert Reed was frustrated with the vast inequality of opportunity between his son’s well-off public school system and the most underserved parts of the Philadelphia School District in which he worked. Enabled by his role as assistant US attorney at the Justice department, he empowered students through programs and resources, such as sports teams and youth courts at persistently dangerous Strawberry Mansion High School. He asserts that the public ought to ask for, of his department and in society, a broader definition of Justice.
Robert K. Reed has spent most of his career in government service as an Assistant United States Attorney, including 20 years in criminal prosecution. Since 2001, Rob has been a supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has been the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Coordinator; Anti-Gang Coordinator; and the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. In 2010, Rob was appointed as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney and is responsible for overseeing the violence prevention, prisoner reentry, and community outreach initiatives for the office. Rob received the 2014 Department of Justice Director’s Award for his violence prevention and prisoner reentry efforts. Rob has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Science Degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Rob is married and has three children a dog named Scout and a cat named Lienus.
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