Conan Harris is the founder and co-principal of CJ Strategies LLC. Prior to Conan joining forces with Jacqui to build CJS, he started Conan Harris & Associates, a management consultant firm that specializes in executive coaching, strategic planning, capacity building, and diversifying the pipeline of workforce leadership and personnel. Conan Harris & Associates has worked with The Boston Foundation, BUILD USA, MassHousing, Onyx Spectrum Technology, Justice Resource Institute, the Obama Foundation, My Brother's Keeper Boston, College Bound Dorchester, City of Bridgeport Connecticut, and City of Framingham.
Prior to developing his consulting firms, Conan worked in the public sector as a senior aide to Mayor Martin J. Walsh in Boston. As Deputy Director of Public Safety, he played a leadership role in establishing Boston’s first ever Office of Returning Citizens, working with the formerly incarcerated to design the vision, programs and services of the new office.
Conan was appointed Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Boston in 2016. In spearheading My Brother’s Keeper Boston, Conan was tasked with working among Boston’s communities and organizations to achieve the city’s selected milestones in order to create genuine pathways to success for young boys and men of color.
Before working with the Walsh Administration, Conan worked for The Boston Foundation on their violence prevention and intervention strategy as a Manager for StreetSafe Boston. Under his leadership, he oversaw a 95% increase of justice-involved youth and men engaged and enrolled in program services.
On February 27, 2020 Conan spoke before Congress on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security about Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry. Conan continues to speak publicly at Universities, foundations, and leading nonprofits about issues facing young boys and men of color, CORI laws, re-entry issues, and the Prison Industrial Complex. It is Conan’s own personal experience as a justice-involved youth that drives his dedication to create authentic pathways and opportunities for disenfranchised communities.
Conan holds a BA in Sociology from Boston University.
Jacqui Conrad is co-founder and co-Principal of CJ Strategies LLC. Jacqui is a bilingual communications professional with over twenty five years’ experience in the field of strategic marketing and communications, brand awareness, public relations, community engagement, cause marketing, and event production and management.
Prior to joining CJ Strategies, Jacqui was the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations at Cambridge College, who is now a client of CJS. In this capacity, Jacqui oversaw the college’s strategic marketing and communications, ethnic media, digital advertising, and events to promote and enhance college’s brand and messaging. She spearheaded the development and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities that elevated the positioning of the College as a pioneer in adult learning. Under her leadership the department continues to manage all facets of marketing for the college’s five locations across the country.
In 1996 she founded delaCruz Communications, a consulting firm that specialized in multicultural marketing, cross-cultural communications, ethnic media relations, community relations, fundraising and event management. She also served as the Executive Director of the Latino Professional Network where she designed and implemented a rebranding campaign that increased sponsorship allocations, strengthened corporate and community engagement, and expanded college scholarships for Latino high school students.
Jacqui has worked with a range of clients including the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA), El Mundo Newspaper, the Boston Public Health Commission, Cruz Companies, Janey Construction, La Alianza Hispana, Mass Bay Community College, Oiste!, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network at UMass Boston. She has collaborated with some of Boston’s most reputable marketing and public relations boutiques including Kelley Chunn & Associates, and Denterlein Worldwide, to produce successful community campaigns.
Jacqui currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mass Mentorship Partnership, Jane Doe, Inc., and is an advisory board member of Amplify Latinx. Previous board affiliations include Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), ROCA, the Dimock Community Health Center, and the Massachusetts Health & Educational Facilities Authority (MHEFA) where she was appointed by former Governor Deval Patrick. She has received several awards including El Planeta Newspaper’s “100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community”, the Urban League of Eastern MA’s President’s Award, and she is Co-Chair of the State of Black Boston, a research and community development initiative that analyzes the social and economic issues affecting Boston’s black population.
Jacqui holds a BA in Sociology from Suffolk University, a MS in Communications Management from Simmons School of Management, and a StreetWise MBA certificate from Boston University Entrepreneurial Management Institute.