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.
Currently, he is a program officer with the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, where he leads a portfolio related to law enforcement, harm reduction, and public health. While the portfolio is global in focus, he currently supports initiatives in the Americas, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and East Africa. Before joining the Public Health Program, he served as a program officer with Open Society’s Justice Initiative, where he worked with civil society organizations and law enforcement agencies in Western Europe to prevent ethnic and racial profiling and to advance fair and effective policing in Western Europe. He also partnered with civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, and government officials to resolve statelessness in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Marc began his involvement in political and social activism when he was 13 years old by participating in anti-death penalty vigils in front of state prisons when executions were being held. He cut his teeth as a community organizer in the United States on various 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 Chiapas, Mexico; Haiti; Cuba; and Diné (Navajo) territories.
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, among other areas.
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 work on 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. In addition, Marc worked on CCR’s dockets related to protest and assembly, racial justice, immigration detention, and national security. Marc also was a campaign 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. Additionally, he held a brief stint with UNITE-HERE labor union where he conducted public surveys and outreach related to a garment & retail workers unionization campaign. Finally, Marc moonlighted 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 as well as the Police Executive Research Forum and the Society for American Baseball Research, and currently sits on the steering committee of the International Grant Makers Network of Philanthropy New York.
You can follow him on Twitter: @PolicingWatch.