Julio Medina is a native New Yorker and proud Bronx Resident. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc. ("Exodus"). Exodus is a faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting adults and youth involved, or at-risk of involvement, in the criminal legal system. Under Julio's leadership, Exodus has served over 25,000 participants and become one of the most successful re-entry programs in the United States.
While serving his own 12-year prison sentence, Julio witnessed the profound pain of his peers and their intense desire to transform their lives. Julio pledged to do all in his power to create a safer community and to instill hope in individuals returning home from incarceration. The creation of Exodus is Julio's fulfillment of his commitment to other incarcerated individuals, his community, and faith mission.
As an advocate for personal transformation and systemic change, Julio travels to meet with national and local policymakers to build coalitions around legal system reform. Julio was recently appointed to the New York City Board of Correction. Julio serves on the Governor's Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration, which provides comprehensive, evidence-based solutions for obstacles facing formerly incarcerated individuals returning to neighborhoods across New York. He is also a prominent member of Judge Jonathan Lippman's Commission on the Study of Closing Rikers, and the Rikers Design and Culture Change Working Group of the NYC Justice Implementation Task Force. Julio and Exodus were highlighted at the NYC Mayor's Conference of Faith Based Initiatives, and the 2004 Presidential State of the Union Address, and Julio was awarded the White House Champions of Change Award in 2016.
Julio has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, C-Span, Daily News, NY Newsday, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and MSNBC. Julio received the "El Award" from El Diario La Prensa, which recognizes outstanding Latinos for their accomplishments and contributions to the Latino community. Exodus was also the subject of a feature length PBS documentary, "The Hard Road Home."
Julio holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a Masters of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from New York Theological Seminary.