RSF Grantee Phillip Atiba Goff Named 2019 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

October 11, 2019

Phillip Atiba Goff, Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has been named a 2019 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur awards recognize “founders or CEOs who innovatively address a social or environmental problem, with a focus on low-income, marginalized or vulnerable populations.” Goff joins a global network of over 350 social entrepreneurs from more than 70 countries worldwide who have been awarded for their innovative approaches and potential for impact in solving global social issues. 

Goff is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, which serves as a bridge between police departments and communities to reduce burdensome and disparate policing. CPE works directly with law enforcement to measure behaviors, resulting in the largest standardized dataset of police behavior in the world. Police departments that have engaged with CPE and measured changes over time have seen a 25% decrease in police stops, a 26% decrease in use of force, and a 13% decrease in officer injuries. CPE is developing a tool called COMPSTAT for Justice that aims to bring those results to scale and provide a way for police departments to pursue justice with tools similar to the ones they use to pursue crime. 

The Russell Sage Foundation is a longtime supporter of Goff’s work. He was a visiting scholar at the foundation during the 2008-2009 academic year and served as a member of the Racial Bias in Policing Working Group. RSF has underwritten Goff’s research on racial bias in policing, racial profiling, and public trust in law enforcement.




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