Attorney General Hires Director of Community Violence Intervention and Prevention

P.J. Fox, formerly of the Nonviolence Institute and the City of Providence, joins the Office of the Attorney General


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha today announced he is welcoming Paul J. “P.J.” Fox, a longstanding community leader and non-violence advocate as the Office’s first Director of Community Violence Intervention and Prevention.


In the new role of Director of Community Violence Intervention and Prevention, Mr. Fox will take a proactive approach to violence intervention, spearheading outreach to local community organizations and stakeholders, coordinating violence prevention efforts, and implementing both novel and evidence-based strategies and programs with the overall goal of creating safer communities. His first day was Monday, February 26, 2024.


Mr. Fox joins the Office with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of community violence intervention, violence reduction strategies, research and analysis, crisis management, and grant writing.


“Our Office continues to attract dedicated and talented public servants who wish to impact positive change in Rhode Island, and we proudly welcome P.J. to the team,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “From the very start of my administration, I have prioritized community outreach, and I see a real opportunity here to further focus those efforts on violence prevention. We are continuing to get out on offense to keep Rhode Islanders safe, and this role will do just that, taking a new and innovative approach to violent crime prevention.”


P.J. Fox previously worked at the Nonviolence Institute in Providence from 2003 to 2014, and again from 2015 to 2020. Over the course of those 16 years, P.J. served in various capacities including Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately Executive Director.


Mr. Fox also worked at the City of Providence in violence intervention and prevention from December 2021 to April 2022 and as the Chief of Staff to Providence City Council from December 2020 to April 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.