Bill Heiser is the newest addition to the Oakland Kids First board, and is currently the Director of California Operations at the Center for Employment Opportunities. Bill joined CEO in 2010 to establish their presence in California and currently oversees CEO’s operations in CA, beginning with the Golden State Works Project in Oakland. He has over 7 years experience in the reentry field. Prior to joining CEO, Bill served as the Coordinator of the Community Safety and Justice Program at the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, where he managed a number of county-wide reentry and violence prevention initiatives. Bill also has an extensive background in reentry research and policy analysis having focused on this issue while serving as a research associate at both the Illinois Division of Mental Health and the Columbus Children’s Research Institute in Columbus, OH. He holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Hampshire College.