Vincent Lau


Vincent Lau is a Senior Manager on the Lab’s Youth Justice Initiatives team. In this role, he focuses on place-based advising, including work in Milwaukee, WI and Brooklyn, NY. In Milwaukee, he is partnering with the Milwaukee County Division of Children, Youth, and Family Services as they work to zero out youth in detention and corrections, engage in community co-design to promote non-incarcerative programming and services, and support a participatory budgeting process. In Brooklyn, Vincent is collaborating with the Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice and Healing to elevate the Human Justice framework, an approach that seeks healthy and thriving communities through the securing of basic human rights and community investment. Previously, Vincent worked at the Vera Institute and most recently, as a researcher at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Division of Youth and Family Justice where he identified areas of reform in policy and practice for youth detention, Close to Home placement, and contracted community-based alternatives. He also co-led a division-wide equity workgroup to identify racial/ethnic disparities and develop equity goals, metrics, and action plans while there. Vincent graduated from the Howard University School of Social Work.