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Chris Watler

Executive Director of CEO New York
Center for Employment Opportunities

Christopher Watler is the Executive Director of CEO New York. He provides operational and strategic leadership towards the achievement CEO’s mission and growth goals. Prior to joining CEO, Mr. Watler worked for the Center for Court Innovation in several key roles. He served as the Project Director for the Harlem Community Justice Center where he developed nationally recognized, evidence-based reentry programs for youth and adults, as well as diversion programs for juveniles and eviction prevention programs for housing court litigants. Mr. Watler also served as the Deputy Director of National Technical Assistance where he provided information and assistance to justice systems nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in the launch of both the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Mr. Watler has developed and managed youth development programs for high-risk New York City youth as the Operations and Training Manager at the City Volunteer Corps, an NYC demonstration program that was a precursor to the federal AmeriCorps program, and as a Community Center Director for the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem. Mr. Watler currently chairs the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem where he helped to lead the completion of a forty million dollar new Clubhouse and affordable housing at a historic former public school building in Harlem–P.S 186.


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