Bob Libal is a nationally recognized civil rights leader, community organizer, and the former executive director of Grassroots Leadership. Bob has spent his entire adult life fighting for criminal justice and immigration reform. He has waged successful campaigns to close troubled private prisons, stood alongside communities impacted by the deportation and criminal justice system, and taken on powerful interests from private prison executives to ICE’s deportation forces. Amongst many honors, Bob was named to The Frederick Douglass 200, a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass and named one of 15 people changing the nonprofit world by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
In 2022, Bob received more than 7,000 votes for a seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court running on a criminal justice reform platform. Bob has authored numerous reports on the immigrant detention and mass incarceration system. Bob’s work on immigration and criminal justice issues has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Business Week, and numerous national, state, and local media outlets.