Richard Greenwald, MPA


Richard is an expert in the field of workforce development and prisoner reentry, with extensive experience leading nonprofit social services organizations.  He has spent over twenty years addressing the complex economic development and human services issues facing unemployed people in the United States including ex-offenders and welfare recipients among others.  

Richard recently served as vice president for program effectiveness at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a Philadelphia-based firm that conducted research aimed at improving the effectiveness of social programs.  Prior to joining P/PV, he worked with the Manhattan Institute on an array of projects related to prisoner reentry programming, including work in the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey.  His work in New Jersey led to the publication of a comprehensive plan to reduce recidivism in the state.  As an independent consultant, he provided guidance to both the City of Philadelphia and the State of Wisconsin on prisoner reentry and workforce strategies, as well as a mentoring program for adjudicated youth in Memphis.

In the late 1990s, Richard became the first president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia-based Transitional Work Corporation (TWC).  Under his leadership, TWC grew four-fold, employed more than 14,000 welfare recipients, and participated in a rigorous Department of Health and Human Services evaluation.  Richard also served as vice president at America Works, a nationally recognized New York City-based private company that places and supports welfare recipients in jobs.

He is currently an adjunct professor of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  He serves as the chairman emeritus of the National Transitional Jobs Network Steering Committee; is a member of the board of directors of RecycleForce, Inc., in Indianapolis; and is deeply involved in various civic organizations in Philadelphia.

Richard holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in public policy and administration from Columbia University.