Jarvis Idowu, Senior Program Advisor
Jarvis Idowu is a highly experienced criminal justice reform advocate with a focus on the development and implementation of prosecutorial reform throughout the United States. As a former prosecutor, having investigated and litigated criminal cases in New York City and product of the New York City group home and foster care system, Jarvis has a unique and powerful perspective on what it takes to bring innovation to the field of criminal prosecution. At the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Jarvis won a Big Idea Award for drafting a policy that ended Manhattan’s prosecution of fare evasion cases. Jarvis went on to serve as the Director of Programming and Deputy Executive Director at a national non-profit organization, Prosecutor Impact, where he helped develop and lead the country’s first prosecutor-focused reform initiative and helped the organization bring that work to more than a dozen jurisdictions around the country.
Jarvis is a New Leadership Council fellow, has served as a criminal justice policy advisor on both national and local political campaigns, and has contributed to several publications on the subject of prosecutorial reform. Jarvis is passionate about helping prosecutors redefine what it means to be successful by targeting the cultural, institutional, and systemic barriers to progress.