John Volpe, LCSW
New York, NY
John Volpe is an experienced senior health official with a demonstrated record of success at the intersection of health, social service, public safety and the criminal justice system.
Prior to joining HMA, John served as special advisor on criminal justice for the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, founding the Office of Criminal Justice. The office was designed to lead in the areas of policy, system design, cross-sector collaboration and developing and improving service delivery where health and social services intersect with crisis systems, law enforcement, the courts, probation and parole, as well as jails and prisons.
John’s key accomplishments in support of a strong public safety and public health paradigm include work with the New York Police Department (NYPD) crisis intervention training program, police/mental health co-response teams, crisis centers for NYPD drop off, Academy for Justice Informed Practice, NYC Crisis System Task force, and probation and health homes.
Prior to joining city government, John served at the NYC Legal Aid Society as a founding member of an interdisciplinary criminal defense project. Later, in an administrative role, John designed and secured grant funding to spearhead new efforts for at-risk populations, including frontline clinical court services to divert people from jail, immigrants facing deportation, and victims of human trafficking.
Before entering the criminal justice field, John was a team leader for an innovative holistic nutrition program for a highly marginalized NYC HIV+ population and previously served as director of NYC’s only group residence for gay and transgender young people in NYC’s foster care system. John’s earliest social service roles were in the areas case management, training, and program development in one of New York City’s premier foster care agencies.
A skilled public speaker and writer, John’s passion for innovation, transformation and social justice fuel his commitment to improve opportunities for people most often left behind.
John has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work. He and husband, Mario, live in the Seaport neighborhood of lower Manhattan.