DeVone Boggan serves as Founder and CEO of Advance Peace. Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in U.S. urban neighborhoods. Advance Peace is a comprehensive, community driven, developmental strategy that partners with and is informed by those who have the greatest influence on altering the urban gun violence epidemic. Advance Peace provides a unique transformational experience to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses by placing them in a high-touch, personalized Fellowship or what DeVone has coined as a “blow their minds on LIFE Opportunity.”
DeVone is the former Neighborhood Safety Director and founding director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) for the City of Richmond California. The ONS is a government non-law enforcement agency that is charged with reducing firearm assaults and associated deaths in Richmond. Under his leadership as Neighborhood Safety Director, the city experienced a 75% reduction in gun violence between 2007 when the office was created and 2015.