>> Neil Irvin

Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

Neil Irvin brings over 25 years of youth development and leadership experience to his position as Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape. Promoted from his roles as Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. He joined Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) in 2001.

Over the past ten years Neil’s grown MCSR’s curriculum-based youth program from one school in Washington, DC to over 100 locations in ten states throughout the country, He’s also played an instrumental role in our partnerships with local and national organizations doing this work.

Neil played a critical role in Men Can Stop Rape’s partnership with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 2005, which established a $2 million comprehensive social marketing campaign and programming throughout California. In 2007, he led MCSR’s Strong Moves initiative to place the Men of Strength Club in every public high school in the District of Columbia, the largest city-wide effort of its kind in the country.

Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Neil has served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Boys and Girls Club, Ford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Liz Claiborne Foundation.

Prior to joining MCSR, he worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. He is trained in group dynamics and facilitation, along with crisis intervention and one-to-one counseling. He is a state certified sex educator as well as a certified S.H.A.R.P. (sexual health and responsibility program) trainer. His experience covers all ages and genders, though the majority of his training and work has focused on middle and high school boys.

Neil also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University.

Men Can Stop Rape

Men Can Stop Rape, founded in 1997, was the first organization to focus on male-targeted anti-violence prevention.  More than a decade later, the organization continues to mentor young men and successfully mobilize them to prevent men’s violence against women and other men.