Fernando Rejón is an expert, advocate, and educator on the complex issues around neighborhood violence, policing, public safety policy, violence interruption, and gang intervention. Currently, he is Executive Director at the Urban Peace Institute.At the UPI, Rejón has trained people on the role of gang intervention and the development of non-traditional community safety strategies. He has trained and advised law enforcement agencies on creating safety and reducing violence through innovative policing strategies that increase public trust and leverage investment in building neighborhood-level leadership. Rejón also co-created the National Street Outreach Partnership, a platform for intervention organizations and advocates. Rejón began his career as a trained community organizer. He has worked as a counselor for youth on juvenile probation, organized for environmental justice in impacted communities of color, and worked to build bridges between indigenous communities in México and organizers of color in the United States to fight for justice. Rejón received his B.A. in Sociology and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego, and his M.A. in Chican@ Studies from California State University at Northridge.