1995 Cruz
Milken Scholar 1995
Scholar Profile

Franklin Cruz



Franklin is the Chief Operating Officer and Program Director of the Justice Management Institute in Washington, D.C. He manages the finances and operations of JMI and works with justice systems throughout the country to improve the administration of justice through coaching and technical support, research and program evaluation, and training. In addition, Franklin leads the Fair Justice Initiative, one of the core strategic areas of JMI, focused on helping justice systems identify gaps in and advance racial equity. Since 2013, he served as national coordinator of the Resource Center Partnership, the legacy expansion of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. He is also a team lead for two implementation sites that have been selected by the Safety + Justice Challenge, another MacArthur Initiative. Working in Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA, his teams are refining and supporting the implementation of strategies to reduce the over-reliance on jails to address issues that are not best served by the criminal justice system. His work takes a data-driven and systemic approach to promoting racial equity in adult criminal justice.

High school:  Collegiate Institute for Math and Science


College Year Degree
Brown University
Providence, RI
1999 A.B. Public Policy
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2003 M.A. Public Policy
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2003 M.P.P. Public Policy