John Bae

John Bae is a program manager with Vera’s Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative. This is John’s second term at Vera. During his first tenure (2016-2018), John worked on Second Chance Pell and helped build out the Opening Doors project. He then went on to philanthropy work, during which he was a philanthropic advisor for the Art for Justice Fund and a program director at Public Welfare Foundation. Previously, John worked as a program coordinator for College Initiative, where he led a team to provide resources and support in higher education for justice-involved students. He was also a Pinkerton Community Fellow placed at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), a Vera spin-off, providing support for program participants in college. John holds a BA and an MA in criminal justice from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.