Marc Krupanski works and writes on policing & security, community health & safety, and organizing, power & democracy. He is especially interested in community-based solutions to safety, health, and justice.
He cut his teeth as a community organizer in the United States on campaigns related to police and criminal justice, racial justice, immigration, and economic justice. He also conducted extensive volunteer work and research on community empowerment and social justice related efforts in southern Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, and Diné (Navajo) communities.
Professionally, Marc worked on international security sector reform and governance with the Geneva-based, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). This included work related to the domestic roles of armed forces, operationalization of “human security” framework, and the intersections of security sector reform with the rule of law and international development.
Marc also worked for the New York City-based, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where he focused on police and criminal justice reform and oversight. He developed CCR’s police misconduct portfolio through cases such as CCR’s landmark class-action litigation on stop-and-frisk and racial profiling (Daniels v City of New York and Floyd v City of New York cases) as well as by spearheading CCR’s legislative advocacy, data analysis, and coalition-building efforts. He also worked on CCR’s dockets related to protest and assembly rights, racial justice, immigration detention, and national security. Additionally, Marc was an organizer with Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a New York City-wide and multi-organizational platform to advance community safety and oversight of the New York Police Department. After graduating university, he held a brief stint with UNITE-HERE labor union where he led public surveys and outreach related to a garment & retail workers unionization campaign. Finally, he moonlighted over several years as a stats stringer for Major League Baseball where he was able to combine his love of baseball and statistics.
Marc is a graduate of New York University (New York, USA) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). He was awarded NYU’s Helen M. Jones Prize for best departmental thesis and highest academic ranking in the History Department. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies.
Currently, he is a program officer with the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, where he leads the grant-making portfolio related to law enforcement, harm reduction, and public health. Before joining the Public Health Program, he served as a program officer with Open Society’s Justice Initiative, where he worked both to address ethnic profiling and advance fair and effective policing in Western Europe, as well as to resolve statelessness in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
You can follow him on Twitter: @PolicingWatch.