Wayne E. Rawlins, President of Ummah Futures International, is a strategic planning consultant who has assisted rural and urban communities nationwide in developing, implementing and evaluating successful community revitalization strategies.
Rawlins is the Project Manager for Miami-Dade County’s Anti-Violence Initiative, a four-year $7 million strategy, that includes “Group Violence Intervention” and the nationally acclaimed “Walking One Stop,” which has shifted the paradigm on how services are delivered to Miami-Dade’s most challenged neighborhoods by bringing a one-stop victim services center to the doorstep of residents traumatized by gun violence. He also serves as the Director of the South Florida Reentry Task Force.
From 1995-1997, Rawlins served as the executive director of Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and increased the organization’s funding by 500% in 15 months while increasing the job placement rate from 22% to over 90%. During his tenure as the executive director of Miami-Dade Weed & Seed (1997-2002), Rawlins developed several nationally recognized initiatives and was honored with the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Washington, D.C. He served as the lead executive consultant for Project Safe Neighborhoods (2003-2012), a law enforcement and human services coalition that included scores of federal, state and local criminal justice agencies and more than 150 social and economic service providers all working together to reduce gun and gang violence in the Southern District of Florida.
Rawlins co-authored, “Planning for Reentry: The 2004 South Florida Reentry Summit”, which was used by The White House for its Office of National Drug Control Policy grantees across the country as a tool for developing comprehensive multi-agency ex-offender reentry plans. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed Rawlins to serve on the Governor’s Ex-Offender Task Force, which was the vanguard for unprecedented policy changes in reentry. His works have been highlighted in national and international conferences and publications.