Elijah Wheeler serves as the Social Justice Director at the Montgomery County (MD.) Collaboration Council. In his role, he is charged with ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of people of color who interact with various systems and agencies. He has worked on a number of issues including reducing disproportionate minority contact for youth of color who come into contact with the juvenile justice system and reducing the school to prison pipeline.

He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where he spent years teaching youth in an alternative education school setting. He has years of experience working as a grassroots organizer and community advocate. Elijah also currently serves in the role as coordinator for Montgomery County’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He is a National Juvenile Justice Network YJLI Fellow Alumni and is honored to be a  part of the PLI Academy.