David Muhammad is a leader in the fields of criminal justice, violence prevention, and youth development.
As the former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department, David was responsible for managing 20,000 people on probation, a staff of 600, and a $90 million budget. David ushered in enormous reform in Alameda County, transitioning probation away from a deficit-based correctional model into a strengths-based Positive Youth Development model.
David formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation, and was responsible for overseeing 35,000 people on probation and a staff of 800. In New York, David joined his colleague Vincent Schiraldi, the Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Probation, to make the department the model for the country. The two worked together in Washington DC, reforming the juvenile justice system there, where David previously served as the Chief of Committed Services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. At DYRS, David’s responsibility included 300 staff, a $42 million annual budget, a juvenile institution, and 900 youth committed to his department’s care.
David Muhammad was the Executive Director of The Mentoring Center (TMC) in Oakland, CA. During David’s tenure, TMC doubled in staff size and tripled its budget as it became the premier agency serving highly at-risk youth in the Bay Area.In 2005, David was hired by the City of Richmond as the lead consultant to develop a city agency to coordinate violence prevention strategies, which led to the creation of the successful Office of Neighborhood Safety.
As an alumnus of Howard University’s School of Communications, David also has an extensive journalism career. Since 1997, David was a contributing editor and television show host for Pacific News Service in San Francisco. His columns continue to be published in publications around the country. David was the editor of the “Seeking Solutions to Black on Black Crime” series in the Globe Newspapers from 2007-2009.
In honor of his work with youth, Muhammad received the 2000 Community Leadership Award and Fellowship from The California Wellness Foundation, honoring community leaders who are involved in violence prevention. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Next Generation Leadership Award from The Rockefeller Foundation.