Roi Ligon Jr. is a government leader, community development strategist, and youth advocate with over a decade of experience influencing change at the state and local levels through education, advocacy, and programming. He pairs a broad range of leadership experience and expertise with a deep understanding of Pennsylvania state and Philadelphia city legislative processes to build diverse strategic partnerships that improve the quality of life for the communities he serves.
In 2016, Roi was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as Safe Schools Advocate for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, he oversees local compliance with state regulations, promotes school safety through policy recommendations, advocates for victims of school violence, and partners with local law enforcement offices, government agencies, The School District of Philadelphia, and elected officials on strategic initiatives. As a Philadelphia native who was educated in the public school system and personally encountered the risks and barriers that today's youth face within their schools and communities, Roi brings a unique first-hand experience to his work. He is a passionate champion for the needs of students who are often marginalized and without a voice, and focuses on providing support for the entire Philadelphia school community, who are sometimes impacted by acts of school violence.
Prior to his post with the Office of Safe Schools Advocate, Roi spearheaded citywide workforce development, education, and public safety initiatives as Director of Workforce Development & Legislative Affairs Liaison within the Philadelphia City Council. Under his leadership and in collaboration with strategic partners across government, corporate, and community organizations, more than 500 displaced workers secured employment opportunities and over 1,000 job seekers received skills training and resources.
Roi's earlier career includes multiple roles within legislative affairs and youth development. Utilizing a combination of strategy and ability to skillfully cultivate partnerships with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, Roi positioned himself as a staff leader within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by working collaboratively with community and government leaders to achieve outcomes. He developed and launched an adult job training program, provided crisis intervention and social emotional learning services to at-risk youth, and led projects ranging from public safety tours with prominent law enforcement leaders to partnering with Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to rally for increased funding for education.
With a strong commitment to serving his local community, Roi currently serves as a member of the National Workforce Opportunity Network (NWON) Board, Turning Points for Children Community Advisory Board, and is a former member of the Jobs for Pennsylvania Graduates Executive Board, Philadelphia International Airport Workforce Advisory Board, and Philadelphia District Attorney's Focused Deterrence Community Advisory Board. A conduit of change, he has advocated for more comprehensive policies leading to inclusive airport hiring practices, and headed a gun violence task force in Philadelphia that recovered over 300 firearms from the streets.
Roi holds a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, received advanced training from Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Paris, France and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Roi is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), and is certified by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and the International Trauma Center in Psychological First Aid and Post Traumatic Stress Management.