Jordan Stockdale currently serves as Executive Director of the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) for NYC Public Schools. In this role, Jordan manages YMI’s investments and programs across education, health, criminal justice and workforce development. Jordan previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Close Rikers Initiative at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ). Before working at the Mayor’s Office, Jordan was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, and a special education teacher in Harlem. In 2017, Jordan founded Hire Harlem — a platform that promotes businesses that hire locally, reinvest in the community or are owned by people of color/women (MWBEs).
“I think criticism is part of the American tradition, to critique the country towards progress. It isn’t anti-American to say that we can improve and should improve. It’s actually an American value and something that we’ve seen throughout our history. So that is something that we have to believe in and understand, that America can continue to progress.”
– Jordan Stockdale