Charity Hope

Convener
Deputy Center Director at Vera Institute of Justice

Charity Hope serves as a convener for the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (NRC), and is responsible for bringing together the NRC’s nine partners to form a collaborative that is working together to help community-based advocacy programs, system-based responses, and policymakers to better identify, reach, and serve survivors from underserved communities. She fosters collaboration among partner organizations; provides strategic direction and guidance to the complex change initiatives undertaken by the NRC and its partners, makes connections between partners and key stakeholders in the crime victims and related fields; and serves as a liaison to project funders. Charity’s role on the NRC builds on her more than 18 years of experience overseeing training and technical assistance projects and working in nonprofit sectors. As the Deputy Director of the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute, she also oversees the Institute’s work to support “for Deaf, by Deaf” anti-violence programs and enhance hearing anti-violence programs’ capacity to provide culturally and linguistically specific services to Deaf survivors. Charity has worked on a variety of social justice issues, including housing and homelessness, violence against women, and in her current position, on various aspects related to services for victims and survivors of crime. Charity has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.