Director of Strategic Partnerships, Development contact
As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Amy Crawford (she/her/hers) will oversee the Development Department and provide strategic advice and leadership to the organization in order to maximize impact, increase support, and elevate the innovative justice reform work of Bronx Defenders. Previously, Amy was the Deputy Director of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College, where she worked with jurisdictions throughout the United States and internationally to improve public safety and strengthen communities. As the Deputy Director, she oversaw the implementation and innovations of strategies to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance legitimacy, and build relationships between law enforcement and communities. She was also responsible for the organization’s strategic planning, external relations, fundraising and overall operations. She has presented at numerous conferences and panel discussions on a wide array of criminal justice reform issues, including strategies and lessons from the field for building community trust and legitimacy, violence prevention, and prosecutorial reform. Amy also was also part of the team that launched the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay. Previously, Amy was the Deputy Director at the Center for an Urban Future, a public policy organization focusing on economic and workforce development; Amy grew CUF’s programmatic work, built new strategic partnerships and expanded the impact of policy recommendations with funders, civic organizations, and government officials. Amy is excited to return to the Bronx Defenders where she previously spent 8 years as an Equal Justice Works fellow, staff attorney and ultimately, leading the organization’s development and pro bono efforts until she left in 2010. Amy also served as a pro se law clerk for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers. Ms. Crawford holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Emerson Soto (he, him, his), is a full-stack marketer, a resource development strategist, communications expert, and creative. He has over 7 years of experience directing multi-channel fundraising campaigns, developing integrated content marketing strategies, envisioning and designingcreative branding and marketing assets, and implementing tactics to diversify and grow supporters off and online. As The Bronx Defenders’ (BxD) Director of Advancement, he will partner with leaders and staff members within the agency to elevate the BxD brand, generate visibility, and foster engagement with target audiences to raise more resources for the organization. Prior to joining BxD, he served at other powerful criminal justice reform organizations including The Fortune Society as Director of Communications and Fundraising Campaigns and Development Associate at The Correctional Association of New York. Emerson also served as Development Officer at Harmony Institute and Manager of Development and Communications at The Gbowee Peace Foundation USA. He also founded Emerson Soto Consulting where he supports small businesses and nonprofits with marketing, communications, and fundraising projects. Emerson graduated from the City University of New York-Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education.
Advancement Officer, Special Events & Marketing, Development
Advancement Officer, Special Events & Marketing, Developmentcontact
Latoya (She, Her, Hers) born and raised in the Bronx is an event strategist with a certification in special events planning. She offers extensive experience in strategizing, conceptualizing and executing events across a diverse pool of industries. LaToya joins us from The Bronx Museum of the Arts as the Facility Rental Manager, where she oversaw the department’s operations and developed strategies to maximize profitability, increase brand awareness and cultivate relationships to develop new business opportunities. She was also tasked with managing logistics for private and public events, producing opening receptions and designing marketing assets to publicize and promote the facility rental program. LaToya also worked on donor-related events, which included, the Museum’s annual gala and fall ball fundraising event. Previously, LaToya worked at Citi, Inc, as a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager, where she led multiple off-shoring projects, re-engineered business processes and facilitated technology migrations. As the Advancement Officer for Special Events and Marketing, LaToya will work closely with key stakeholders to develop a special events strategy to secure more resources, amplify mainstay events and oversee essential advancement processes. She has served on the board for “Young Event Professionals” and has also volunteered with “Start Small, Think Big” as a branding consultant for small businesses. LaToya has spoken at several women’s business events and received numerous awards and citations, with the most recent from Assembly Member, Latoya Joyner. LaToya graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Business Administration and Management.