Jodina Hicks

Executive Director

Jodina Hicks returned to Camden in 2010 to serve as our executive director after previously working with our organization for 12 years. Jodina worked with founder Bruce Main in 1988 and initiated our adolescent programs, including the StreetLeader Program, UrbanPromise Academy, and various college preparation and performing arts activities.



From 2000-2010, Jodina developed social interventions and influenced research and policy in the realms of youth development, faith-based initiatives, and corrections reform with Public/Private Ventures and the Safer Foundation. At Public/Private Ventures she served as deputy director for community and faith-based initiatives, including Amachi, the National Faith-Based Initiative, and Ready4Work. While at the Safer Foundation, Jodina acted as vice president of policy and community partnerships before becoming chief program officer and vice president. Her responsibilities included the direction of programs that served 10,000 individuals with criminal records in Illinois and Iowa.


Jodina’'s publications include: The Illinois Plan to Reduce Recidivism and Improve Public Safety, Chapter 4 (2009); case studies in Managing a Job Retention Program for Ex-Offenders: A Step by Step Guide by T.A. Ryan (2005); Expungement and Other Relief, Chapter 6, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education (IICLE) (2007 and 2010); The New Scarlet Letter “X”, the Christian Association for Prison Aftercare (2008); and Employment Upon Reentry in Corrections Today (2004). She has also helped to craft Illinois state legislation and assisted with Public/Private Ventures' publications on Amachi, the National Faith-Based Initiative, and Ready4Work.


Jodina received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Eastern University and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.