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. 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.
Julio’s previous grant-making work played a pivotal role in criminal justice reform at the local and state levels. Julio’s work also led to the state’s legislature approval of a $9.2 million budget for violence prevention and intervention programs and for the design and implementation of supportive services at Los Angeles County’s Campus Kilpatrick, the county’s showcase facility for effective, trauma-informed youth rehabilitation.
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 Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) program. He is also a founding member of the Southern California Latino Giving Circle and a 2014 American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellow. 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.