John Cunningham Jr.

John Cunningham Jr.

Rubicon Programs Inc., Richmond Site Manager

John has been employed by Rubicon Programs Inc. since 2019. Rubicon Programs Inc. is a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area that serves underprivileged, justice-impacted individuals, and single parents of young children, providing them with job readiness, vocational, and educational opportunities. He leads a high-impact and high-performing team of people-centered professionals who make a significant difference in the lives of community members by exceeding expectations.

As a justice-impacted individual, John attended San Francisco State University with the support of Project Rebound and Excell Network (Restorative Justice Ministry, Archdiocese of San Francisco). He is an alumnus of the Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship at San Francisco State University. The Fellowship allowed him to intern with the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco in various roles in President Shamann Walton’s District 10 office. He graduated with honors, earning a bachelor's degree in Race and Resistance Studies in December 2022.

In April 2022, John was seated at the Christ Centered Missionary Baptist Church as the Interim Pastor. In January 2023, he was welcomed to assume the role of pastor of the church. He continues to preach and teach a socially conscious gospel, empowering and equipping citizens from all walks of life to dismantle systems and institutions of oppression through advocacy, organizing, and mobilizing, which is a central focus of the church's mission.

John is married and resides in the Bay Area with his wife, their blended family, and seven grandchildren.

Reentry Conference Event Page

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Hall A | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Employment Best Practices for People Reentering Society After Incarceration

John Cunningham
Rubicon Programs Inc., Richmond Site Manager


Terah Lawyer
President, Creating Restorative Opportunities and Programs
Donna Hilliard
Executive Director, Code Tenderloin
Mr. Chuck Etchison
Jericho Project, Founder
Liz Jackson-Simpson
Executive Director, Success Centers  


The difficulties faced by formerly incarcerated individuals upon re-entry into society highlight a critical issue in the United States criminal justice system. One significant challenge is the limited employment opportunities, often due to stigma and employer biases against hiring individuals with criminal records. These barriers not only affect the individuals themselves but also have ripple effects on their families and communities. The inability to secure stable housing, gainful employment, and access to education perpetuates cycles of poverty and social marginalization. This panel will specifically address employment barriers and propose successful reentry strategies for formerly incarcerated individuals.