Jonathan Monsalve has joined Osborne as Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he will focus on Osborne’s business innovation and growth, lead strategic planning, and oversee impact and evaluation, business development (including housing), and social ventures.
Jon is a nonprofit executive with more than a decade of experience fighting the injustices of the criminal legal system. Most recently, Jon served as the Executive Director of the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), a national nonprofit that works to resist the targeting of immigrants for mass deportation and imprisonment. At IDP, Jon led the Executive and Administrative teams, providing organizational leadership, and budget management while leading fundraising activities
Jon also has more than 10 years of experience managing organizational growth and change in a sustainable and inclusive way by creating cultures built on equity, inclusion, and growth.
Before IDP, Jon was the Director of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI), a project of the Center for Justice Innovation (CJI), a national leader in criminal legal system reform. During his time at CJI, Jon was instrumental in establishing BJI as a new project and led the expansion of its staff from a team of just eight to more than 100 and managed a $20 million budget.
While at BJI, Jon helped implement numerous sustainable alternatives to detention and incarceration programs, which fundamentally helped change the NYC bail system, sentencing, and the way justice-involved individuals are treated. He also supported the technical assistance and implementation of CJI’s national and international work.
Prior to his time at the CJI, Jon worked as a Policy Analyst for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where he focused on the intersection of criminal justice and employment and built successful partnerships with private businesses and elected officials to promote access to employment for individuals with criminal records across the country.
Throughout his career, Jon has worked with nonprofit, private, and government entities and individuals to advocate for and on behalf of people impacted by our criminal legal system. He has done this work in the courts, prisons and jails, on the ground with the community, and in the private sector.
Jon brings a personal understanding of how criminal legal systems are designed to destroy lives and separate families. The son of immigrant parents from Colombia, Jon brings his lived experience and bicultural perspective to his work. Jon received an M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University.