Center for Employment Opportunities, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

Our vision at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is to ensure that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and a pathway to stay connected to the labor force. We provide immediate and comprehensive employment services to men and women recently released from incarceration. Our mission is grounded in the theory of change that if formerly incarcerated individuals are provided structured employment interventions when they are immediately released from prison or jail, they are more likely to break the cycle of recidivism and build a positive foundation for themselves and their families.

Participants from one of our transitional work crews.
Contact Information
Contact Name Samuel Eagleson
Contact email
NEW YORK, NY 10004
Phone (405) 588-8200
County New York
Alternate Address 501 N. Walker Avenue, Suite 160
Oklahoma City OK 73102 5201
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer CEO works with local financial institutions and volunteers to provide participants with financial literacy training and resume development workshops. Volunteers can present information during Pathway to Employment (P2E) classes on financial literacy topics such as the basics of opening a bank account, establishing good credit, setting financial goals, how to avoid predatory financial services, and how to create a resume. Furthermore, volunteers can coordinate with CEO OKC's Site Director, Samuel Eagleson, at or our  Individual Giving Officer, Nacllies Richards, at to volunteer at CEO OKC. Individuals can also visit our website,, to learn more about our organization and to make a potential donation. With the help of these volunteers, CEO is able to enhance its core program model by integrating financial empowerment services with the goal of assisting participants in managing their finances and positioning them to access greater economic opportunity and stability.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue ($738,218.00)
Projected Expenses $2,402,328.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1996
IRS Ruling Year 1996
State Registration Expiration Jan 2020

Our vision at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is to ensure that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and a pathway to stay connected to the labor force. We provide immediate and comprehensive employment services to men and women recently released from incarceration. Our mission is grounded in the theory of change that if formerly incarcerated individuals are provided structured employment interventions when they are immediately released from prison or jail, they are more likely to break the cycle of recidivism and build a positive foundation for themselves and their families.


The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) began in New York City as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s and became an independent nonprofit in 1996. In 2009, the organization began to replicate its program model, and it now serves 21 cities in eight states across the U.S. Working exclusively on one issue with one population for several decades has enabled CEO to hone an expertise that is unmatched among peer organizations. CEO Oklahoma City opened its doors in August 2013 and has served over 1,100 individuals to date. Our model is designed to enable people recently released from incarceration to successfully enter the labor market. Our core model includes an introductory workforce readiness course, transitional employment with the Cities of Oklahoma City, Moore, and Edmond, job coaching/development services (leading to full-time placement with employers such as the Museum Cafe, M-D Building Products, and Ecotex Healthcare Laundry Services), and a full year of post-placement retention services. Since launching our Oklahoma City operations, we have employed more than 1,000 participants on our transitional work crews and have made nearly 600 job placements for formerly incarcerated men and women into full-time, unsubsidized employment in the Oklahoma City metro area. Through a proven and effective model, CEO breaks the cycle of recidivism and helps participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives.


CEO prides itself on strong data- and performance-driven culture and is committed to measuring the impact of its work across all facets of its model. CEO tracks all program-related outcome data in Salesforce and compares that data to an internal set of goals and metrics that are determined for each fiscal year. Each year, CEO seeks to increase its key performance indicator goals to account for successes of the previous year and to enhance the impact of the program for individuals. Determining factors for enrollment and placement goals may include the number of transitional work crews, any new or anticipated contracts, and the previous year's performance. Placement wage goals are determined by the previous year's average wages in consideration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data by area and occupation. Retention goals are determined based on the previous year's performance and the total number of milestones that will fall within the forthcoming fiscal year.

Beyond our internal data evaluation, CEO’s is one of the only employment reentry programs in the country to submit itself to rigorous evaluation and show a meaningful impact on recidivism. In an independent randomized control trial evaluation by the independent research firm MDRC, CEO was found to significantly reduce re-arrests, reconviction, and re-incarceration within three years of release. CEO participants at a higher risk of re-incarceration spent 30% less time in prison or jail than the control group—outcomes deemed rare in rigorous studies of this kind. The program was also found to be highly cost-effective; for every dollar spent, CEO generated up to $3.30 in savings, primarily in reduced criminal justice spending. Recently, CEO’s model has also been found to have statistically significant impacts on long-term employment. In fact, CEO participants were 40% more likely to be employed than their counterparts in the control groups.


CEO OKC is increasing its capacity by moving to a larger office and launching two new transitional work crews by 2020 through contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Department of Labor. Improving CEO OKC’s office/program space will also allow us to better support participants by providing a welcoming and safe environment. We want to build a space where participants are comfortable practicing their interview skills, researching jobs in our computer lab, and working on their resumes. Given this expansion, we will need equipment and supplies (boots, safety equipment, etc.) for our new work crews, office technology for a computer lab for participants, and furniture for our new office and classrooms. Support from funder(s) will allow us to have fully equipped spaces that enable us to grow from serving 200 to 260 individuals annually.

CEO respectfully requests support for general operating support in order to strengthen our core programming, which provides evidence-based employment services to OKC-area individuals with criminal convictions. Specifically, this request would support our efforts to better serve young adults that have been impacted by the criminal justice system in Oklahoma County through employment, training, and educational opportunities.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Midwest City/Del City

CEO serves men and women with recent criminal convictions with over 77% of participants who reside in Oklahoma City and have the desire to work, but lack the resources necessary to successfully find and keep a job. In the past fiscal year alone, 56% of CEO Oklahoma City participants were parents with children under age 18, more than 73% identified as people of color, and nearly 40% were young adults under age 26.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Employment/Employment Preparation & Procurement
CEO provides comprehensive employment services to people returning home from incarceration to help them secure and sustain jobs, offering a pathway to self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for these individuals and their families. CEO helps participants gain the workplace skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives. The CEO model involves work-readiness training, paid transitional employment, job coaching/development services leading to full-time job placement, and a full year of post-placement job retention services.
Population Served Adults Families
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sam Schaeffer
Start Date Apr 2009
Experience Sam Schaeffer was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of CEO in January 2014. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he spearheaded the development of CEO’s program outside New York City, including the launch of offices in upstate New York, California, and Oklahoma. Since the commencement of his tenure as Chief Executive of CEO, Sam has overseen CEO’s adoption of a new 5-year strategic plan for the organization focused on national expansion and program improvement. He speaks frequently on criminal justice, workforce, and nonprofit issues and has testified before Congress. Prior to joining CEO, Sam served as Director of Economic Development for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York. In that position he oversaw all job creation and retention efforts, transportation and infrastructure policy, as well as social policy. Sam graduated with a B.A. from Reed College, Phi Beta Kappa.
Number of Full-time Staff 12
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 15
Number of Volunteers 66
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Our referral partners include the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and U.S. Federal Probation. Transitional work crew partnerships, including the Cities of Oklahoma City, Moore, and Edmond, not only provide participants with paid work experience but are also a crucial source of earned income for CEO. We participate in the Coalition to End Poverty and also have strong relationships with community service providers, such as Dress for Success, The Homeless Alliance, the Guild of St. George, the Surayya Anne Foundation, and Hope Community Services assist participants with the many additional obstacles such as lack of housing, poor transportation access, or mental health and substance abuse challenges. We also partner with the Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, which includes a Legal Aid attorney on site to assist young adults with issues such as fines and fees, child care, and driver’s license reinstatement. We collaborate with ReMerge, a female diversion program, to better serve women involved with the criminal justice system. This collaboration aims to positively impact Oklahoma's high female incarceration rate. To break the cycle of incarceration for families, we believe that it is vital to keep mothers with their children and help them to stay employed rather than behind bars.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Board Chair
Name Mr. David Moskovitz
Company Affiliation Accenture Financial Services
Term Dec 2018 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Ms. Emary AronsonThe Robin Hood FoundationVoting
Ms. Elizabeth BalfourSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLPVoting
Ms. Cristine Soto DeBerryOffice of District Attorney George GasconVoting
Mr. Bruce EvansDeutsche BankVoting
Ms. Katie Beirne FallonHiltonVoting
Ms. Danielle C. GrayBlue Cross Blue Shield of North CarolinaVoting
Ms. Ellen V. HollomanCadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLPVoting
Mr. Adam LuckCity Care, Inc.Voting
Ms. Kathryn MannesJobs for the FutureVoting
Mr. David MoskovitzAccenture Federal ServicesVoting
Mr. William J. SnipesSullivan & Cromwell LLPVoting
Mr. Andrew van der VordCredit SuisseVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income ($738,218)
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,402,328
Financial Documents
Audit 2018
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$50,228,453$32,195,750$32,720,695
Total Expenses$39,205,332$32,177,080$28,489,435
Revenue Less Expenses$11,023,121$18,670$4,231,260
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$28,838,649$23,835,666$23,167,457
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$717$31,409$18,865
Unrealized Gain/Loss--$5,614--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$33,953,201$27,547,708$23,230,826
Administration Expense$4,805,378$4,213,817$4,871,703
Fundraising Expense$446,753$415,555$386,906
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.001.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$25,444,382$11,105,007$11,885,789
Current Assets$3,700,984$518,031$656,146
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$7,292,752$3,976,498$4,775,950
Total Net Assets$18,151,630$7,128,509$7,109,839
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.510.130.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $28,838,649Govt - Unspecified $23,835,666Govt - Unspecified $23,167,457
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $21,303,049Contributions $8,276,287Contributions $9,534,373
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $86,038Other $46,774Investment Income $18,865
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
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NEW YORK, NY 10004
Primary Phone 405 588-8200 2921
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CEO/Executive Director Sam Schaeffer
Board Chair Mr. David Moskovitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Accenture Financial Services