The Team

Richard Bronson, CEO / Founder

Founder/CEO Richard Bronson

Before launching 70MillionJobs, Richard served as Director of Executive Relations and Prison Engagement at Defy Ventures, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing incarcerated men and women second chances upon release, by training them in entrepreneurialism. His role at Defy included fund-raising, business development and leading New York events. Before that, he was co-founder of the popular nostalgia website, His career began on Wall Street, where he managed money at Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns. He eventually went on the found Biltmore Securities, a registered broker-dealer based in South Florida. Richard grew Biltmore to nearly 500 employees, spread out over four national offices, and took many companies public. After Biltmore, Richard founded Channels Magazine and launched several successful consumer product and service businesses. Richard was convicted of securities fraud in 2002, arising from his activities in the 1990s and served two years in a Federal prison camp.

Consultant/Justin Vail

Most recently, Justin served in the Obama White House as the Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement, where he led the Fair Chance Business Pledge, an effort to ensure job opportunities for individucals with a criminal record. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Justin clerked for judges in both the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri. He previously served as a Policy Aide to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and helped lead the Senator's successful reelection campaign in 2012. He also worked on then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Justin is a native of St. Lous, MO, and a graduate of Truman State University and Washington University School of Law.

Consultant/Elias Alcantara

Elias Alcantara served in the Obama White House as Senior Associate Director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. During his five-year tenure at the White House, Alcantara was President Obama’s liaison to local elected officials, serving as a primary interface to mayors, county and local officials across the country. During this time, he established and managed strategic partnerships with local and national leaders on key policies including immigration reform, workforce development and criminal justice reform with a focus on policing and reentry. He was instrumental in helping to form partnerships in order to implement the Obama Administration’s initiatives on reducing mass incarceration, implementing the 21st Century Policing task force recommendations, expanding prison education programs, and effective reentry – in particular the Fair Chance Business and Higher Education Pledges which garnered more than 300 signatories - both large and small employers and higher education institutions. 

Prior to his role at the White House, Elias held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the City University of New York. He joined Columbia University's Center for Justice as a Fellow in early 2017 and is the founder and CEO of Bronx Element Strategies (BESt), a social impact and justice strategy consulting firm. Through BESt, he continues to work with stakeholders across the country to sustain social justice reform. He is a graduate of Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and completed coursework for a Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Universidad de Chile. He is originally from the Bronx, New York where he currently resides. 

Consultant/Megan French-Marcelin

Megan French-Marcelin is the former Policy Research Manager at the ACLU. There, she spearheaded the Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council, overseeing partnerships with corporations seeking to implement fair chance policies. She is the author of several reports on criminal justice reform and reentry, including "Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerate d Jobseekers Benefits Your Company." She has worked with criminal justice stakeholders across the country on issues ranging from sentencing reform to juvenile justice. Megan holds a PhD from Columbia University. 
Advisory Board

Peter A. Gudmundsson

Peter is the President and CEO of RecruitMilitary, the leading veteran-hiring solutions company in the nation. A former U.S. Marine field artillery and intelligence officer, Gudmundsson is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and Brown University (BA). 

John Kirland

John serves as Senior Vice President Corporate and Workforce Development at The Doe Fund, where he leads major employer engagements for employment and training leverage. Kirkland was previously Vice President-Corporate Employment & Development Partnerships at FEGS in New York City. 

Jessica Centano

Jessica is Director of Workforce Development, at the Center The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a non-profit dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions.