David Cloud

David was a senior program associate in Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program. His work focused on the implications of mass incarceration for community health disparities and the role of public health systems in advancing justice reform. He led Vera’s partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals on the development and evaluation of a pilot to bolster medical treatments, healthcare triage, and jail diversion in Manhattan Central Booking. He also led Vera’s initiative to address the use of solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons.

Prior to Vera, David worked at the Center for Court Innovation researching constitutional and ethical issues arising in adult mental health courts. He has a JD from Villanova Law School, an MPH from Columbia University, and was completing a PhD in behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University.