First Name

Steven "Flow"

Last Name


CUNY school(s) where you are a student, faculty, or staff member

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

About you

Steven Pacheco is a student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Social Thought. As a four-time inaugural fellow, he has worked with the Vera Institute of Justice, the David Rockefeller Fund, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellow), and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. At the tail-end of his fellowship with Vera, he also interned with the Office of Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance during the fall of 2016. For the academic year of 2017-2018, Steven served as the Vice President of the Student Council.

Following his 2018 Echoing Green NYC Future of Work Social Innovation Challenge victory, Steven was selected as an Undergraduate Leadership Fellow for the 2018 – 2019 Futures Initiative Leadership program. The program is housed out of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate Center, and advocates for greater equity and innovation in higher education. In addition, Steven is an Advocacy Specialist with the Punishment to Public Health Department (P2PH) at John Jay College. As co-founder of CONNECTr, an app-based platform geared towards making the job market more equitable for justice-affected people, he’s primarily focused on pushing forward ideas that will socioeconomically empower formerly incarcerated people.

Academic Interests

equity, inclusion, social justice, mass incarceration, abolition, power dynamics, poverty, privilege, public perception, public speaking, stigma, influence, policy, politics, social innovation, entrepreneurship