Keith Rhodes is the product of a richly diversified background. He grew up in rural Alaska the son of a State Trooper. In college he was recruited to play basketball and football by the legendary Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University. Keith was then recruited to play for the NFL before suffering a career ending knee injury.
Mr. Rhodes is the CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and was previously the Executive Director of Boys Town California. Prior to moving to California, Mr. Rhodes was the CEO of the Methodist Children’s Home in New Orleans, Louisiana from 2007-2007. During his time there, he endured the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and worked to repair the damage suffered by the home. He has worked with abused and neglected children in various levels of residential care for 20 years.
Mr. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science in Criminology, with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency and a Domestic Terrorism, from Grambling University. He is a gang specialist, certified through the Federal Bureau of Prisons and National Institute of Corrections.
Mr. Rhodes has worked with counterdrug task force and gang suppression teams in 87 cities over the past 20 years, and also trains federal, state and local law enforcement worldwide. Mr. Rhodes has 9 years of experience in law enforcement, and has published articles in the Criminal Justice Journals on Juvenile Delinquency and Recidivism.
Rhodes is a motivational speaker and participates in a number of organizations: Rotary International; Gang Instructor, National Major Gang Task Force; Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor, Cornell University, Eagle Peer Reviewer; Member LA Association of Nonprofit Organizations; State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; Member of National Violence Prevention Council-CDC.