Biography

Chris Stone is an independent advisor on justice reform, organisational strategy, and innovation in the social sector. He has served as president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-2012), faculty director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (2007-2012), and director of the Vera Institute of Justice (1994-2004). His two current projects concern the role of U.S. prosecutors in ending mass incarceration and the role of international actors in reducing public corruption.

Chris Stone was the second president of Open Society Foundations and led efforts to turn it into the second largest philanthropic enterprise in the world (by assets).

He also ranks among the leading experts on criminal justice reform worldwide, having advised civil society organizations and national reform efforts in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, and China, as well as assisting in the development of the International Criminal Court. Chris Stone was the principal founder of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and several other organizations in the field. In 2005, he received an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.

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