Gantry’s general passions are to see the Christ within him amplified through his interactions as a leader, family member, friend, and stranger.
He is most invested in encouraging systemic changes in the current state of policing in an effort to liberate Black and Brown citizens from both implicit and explicit racial bias to alleviate physical and mental abuse. Gantry utilizes this in everyway in his work as the Director of Police Accountability by assisting policy development and organizing as a means to condemn oppressive governing and arbitrary use of power against Black and Brown people. He’s currently leading SandSJ policing priorities such things as: eliminating racially discriminatory use of force efforts, creating county-level civilian accountability boards, qualified immunity advocacy, and community development of alternative first responder interventions for non-dangerous yet concerning matters within communities (mental health/substance use). Collectively these work in concert toward abolishing unjust and racially discriminatory law enforcement infrastructures, culture, and polices that breathe life into the racial inequities that plague New Jersey’s criminal justice system.
Gantry earned his BA Criminal Justice at Rowan University with a minor in African American Studies. He earned his MPH at Drexel University and has 20 plus years in the public health field specifically in criminal justice social work. He currently serves as director of multiple diversionary court programs in Philadelphia in partnership with First Judicial District officials and staff.