David Cloud

David is a senior program associate in Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program. His work broadly focuses on the implications of mass incarceration for community health disparities and the role of public health systems in advancing justice reform.

Currently, he is leading 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 leads Vera’s initiative to address the use of solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons. 

Prior to coming 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 is completing a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University.