J. Larry Mayes has two decades of experience working with government officials elected officials, and community leaders, with a focus on driving human development and social capital. Mayes has currently held the position of Vice President of Programs for Catholic Charities since 2010, during which time he has been active in supporting teen and adult education, food security, a statewide legal immigration practice, developing new poverty reduction strategies, and working with the legislature on securing funding for child care facilities, and advocating for the state minimum wage increase. In 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh appointed Mayes to the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel. The Panel reviews Boston Police Department Internal Affairs Division cases that are on appeal from citizens as well as random investigated cases. Mayes served as the Cabinet Chief of Human Services under the Menino Administration from 2004 to 2010. In that role, he led joint government/community-based initiatives to create social innovation practices to reduce crime and stabilize communities, launched a campaign to counter “Stop Snitching” sentiments in the court system, and expanded access to summer programming for youth. Mayes has served on the boards of several human services organizations, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Tenacity, Massachusetts Service Alliance Board, and a national academic and government policy board member for Regent University. He's also a consultant for Kroll, “a leading provider of business intelligence and investigations services” with a focus on police department's best practices. Mr. Mayes, over many years, has been a contributor to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Commonwealth Magazine, CNN, WBUR, ABC News, and various other media outlets. He holds an MA in Public Policy from Regent University.