Criminal Records and Employment
Rontel Batie joined NELP in 2017 as a federal advocate (now government affairs associate), after serving as national director at AMIkids, a non-profit organization that provides educational, vocational, and other services for young people with criminal records.
Prior to his work with AMIkids, Rontel spent several years working in politics, beginning his career as a speechwriter in the Florida House of Representatives, then stepping into a role as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, focusing on issues that disproportionately impact communities of color. He has been widely recognized for his contributions in training the next generation of leaders with awards from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the American Legion, Tampa Bay Business Journal and Florida A&M University.
Additionally, Rontel has been a widely respected public speaker and communications professional, and he has received invitations to speak at countless congressional events, town halls, educational panels, and career days. He has also addressed over 40 members of Congress, as well as President Barack Obama, at the 2015 CBCF Phoenix Awards Gala on the importance of diversity on Capitol Hill.
At NELP, Rontel focuses on issues such as fair chance hiring and criminal justice reform, working to remove barriers to meaningful employment for individuals who have arrests and convictions on their records. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University.
M.P.S., George Washington University
B.A., Florida A&M University