Director, Youth Justice
"It is not difficult to see that the U.S. justice system does not work as well as it could; some would argue it does not work at all. I have seen firsthand the ineffectiveness and collateral consequences of the current system and the damage it causes to the people caught in the system. Those “people” I refer to are my brother, sister, nephew and niece. More difficult than acknowledging a problem, especially in this area, is figuring out what to do about it. My goal is to amplify the voice of the people most impacted, and to position them as reform leaders, which is a central tenet to the work we do here at the Liberty Hill Foundation."
Julio Marcial is the Director of Youth Justice at the Liberty Hill Foundation. In this capacity, he plans, coordinates and oversees the Foundation’s youth justice grantmaking, public policy and capacity building activities, which are focused on reducing the size of Los Angeles County’s youth justice system and putting in its place a new countywide youth development system focused on prevention.
Prior to joining Liberty Hill, he was a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, where he managed a combined grants portfolio of more than $60 million focused on criminal justice, public safety and other public health issue areas.
Active in the youth justice field, Julio is an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families, the Juvenile Justice Standing Committee of the California Board of State and Community Corrections, and the Executive Standing Committee of the California Youth Reinvestment Fund, which provides cities and counties with $37 million in funding for community-based services to divert youth from formal justice system involvement. He is also a founding member of the Southern California Latino Giving Circle and a 2014 American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellow. Currently, Julio serves on the board of directors for InsideOut Writers and Good Films Impact. Previously, he was on the board for the All For One Youth Mentoring Program, the Los Angeles Music and Art School, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Marcial earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded an American Sociological Association fellowship to study racial and ethnic disparities in the California juvenile justice system. He has also held a graduate fellowship through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where his research work focused on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to addressing childhood exposure to violence.