Eddie Bocanegra is the Senior Director of READI Chicago where he oversees the management and implementation of the evidence-based and trauma-informed program to reduce gun violence and promote safety and opportunity As a pioneer in the field, Mr. Bocanegra brings years of experience in community-based organizations and programs created to address trauma and build resiliency among those most impacted by violence. Previously, he served as Executive Director for the YMCA of Chicago Youth Safety and Violence Prevention and the Congregational Organizer for Community Renewal Society, a coalition that advocates for increased opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. He also worked as a violence interrupter for Chicago’s Ceasefire and was featured in the award-winning documentary The Interrupters.
Mr. Bocanegra holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University, respectively. Mr. Bocanegra is a committee member of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council, and a board member of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. Currently, he serves as a Trustee for the Council of Criminal Justice and is an affiliate of SafeLab Columbia University.