SACRAMENTO LEADERSHIP TEAM

DEVONE BOGGAN

DEVONE BOGGAN

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding Advance Peace, DeVone served as Neighborhood Safety Director and Director of the City of Richmond (California) Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS). As Director of ONS, DeVone was responsible for the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive approaches to reducing firearm assaults, preventing retaliation associated with firearm conflict, and transforming the lives of the city’s most lethal young men. DeVone is a national authority on urban gun violence prevention and intervention.

KHAALID MUTTAQI

KHAALID MUTTAQI

Chief Operating Officer

Khaalid is the former Director for the City of Sacramento California’s Office of Violence Prevention where he led a multi-sector collaborative and pioneered a partnership making Sacramento the first replication city for the Advance Peace strategy. He spearheaded the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan which resulted in historic reductions in gang and youth violence. Khaalid is the recipient of the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Spirit Award. He is also an adamant believer in the transformational power of creativity.
JULIUS THIBODEAUX

JULIUS THIBODEAUX

Program Manager

Julius W. Thibodeaux Jr. is the Strategy Program Manager for Advance Peace Sacramento. Julius was born to Julius W. Thibodeaux Sr and Shirley Ogletree. At the age of 2, Julius and his 3 siblings were sent to live with their maternal grandmother, Ms. Bea Ella Blanchard, in the Parchester Village area of Richmond, CA, after his mother had been sent to Prison.

 

While incarcerated, his mother Shirley Ogletree converted to Islam and changed her name to Taalia Hasan. Upon her release, she immediately removed her children from public school and enrolled them into the Sister Clara Muhammed Islamic University in Oakland, CA and changed their names. Julius then became Ahmad Hasan.

Julius excelled at the University, however at the age of 10, Julius returned to public school and he began to get into trouble. Julius was selling drugs, gambling and drinking by the age of 14. By the age of 15 he was arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center for shooting a 21-year-old man at a dice game. At the request of his probation officer, he was allowed to move to Sacramento, Ca and live with his great uncle Lavell Blanchard in the equally dangerous neighborhood of Oak Park in Sacramento, CA. In Sacramento, Julius continued to sell drugs and carry guns until he was arrested for the attempted murder of a rival gang member in 1992. He was found guilty of the attempted murder and was sentenced to 5 years to life.

Before going to prison Julius managed to release several singles and an album with the rap group he founded called The Mob Cin in the early 1990’s.

While in prison, Julius began to do the work to rehabilitate not only his mind but his soul. He came to the realization that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. He was a devoted and active participant in the Islamic community. He served in the capacity of a great number of roles including Program Coordinator for Project Pride, Life Skills Instructor and Lead Facilitator for several self-help groups such as Anger Management, Emotional Maturity and Effective Communication.

After serving 23 years in prison, on a 5 to life sentence, Julius was granted parole and released to the city of Sacramento. It wasn’t long before he joined forces with DeVone Boggan and the team at the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, California working as a Peacekeeper and a life skills teacher. Julius is a loving husband and the father of 3 daughters and 1 granddaughter. He is an author and a very Spiritual man with a genuine love and deep concern for young people. He possesses the passion for the work and the compassion for the people that is necessary to reach a population of youngsters that have been deemed unreachable by many in our society.

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MARCUS MCGHEE

MARCUS MCGHEE

Lead Neighborhood Change Associate

DEDRICK SUGGS

DEDRICK SUGGS

Neighborhood Change Associate

CLEMMIE FIELDS

CLEMMIE FIELDS

Neighborhood Change Associate

FREDDIE DEARBORN JR.

FREDDIE DEARBORN JR.

Neighborhood Change Associate

EZELL HUMPHREY GRANT

EZELL HUMPHREY GRANT

Neighborhood Change Associate

GERALD HUMPHREY

GERALD HUMPHREY

Peacekeeper


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