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Dr. Joseph Marshall

Dr. Joseph Marshall has a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. He is a social entrepreneur recognized for his pioneering work redefining youth violence as a disease and developing the successful Alive & Free prescription violence prevention methodology. Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. is an author, lecturer, radio talk show host, and community activist. He is the founder and Executive Director of Alive & Free, an international violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, the creator of the Alive & Free Movement and president of the Alive & Free Consortium-an organization dedicated to eliminating violence worldwide. He is also the host of the violence prevention radio talk show Street Soldiers on 106.1 KMEL/ iHeart Radio. Founded in 1987 as Omega Boys Club, Alive & Free has transformed the lives of thousands young people and produced 230 college graduates, all supported by the organization's scholarship fund. Another 40 members are currently enrolled in college, and over 70 have gone on to earn graduate degrees.   

Dr. Marshall is the author of the 1996 best-selling book, Street Soldier: One Man's Struggle to Save a Generation, One Life at a Time and the subject of the PBS documentary Street Soldiers. His innovation has earned him the MacArthur Genius Award, the California Prize for Service and the Common Good, the Children's Defense Fund Leadership Award, the Essence Award, and the Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey. He is a trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco, a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and past president of the San Francisco Police Commission.  

Before co-founding Alive & Free in 1987, he was a math teacher and administrator with the San Francisco Unified School District.  

Dr. Marshall earned his B.A from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Education from San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He holds honorary doctorates from Morehouse College and the University of San Francisco.