Kingsley was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his adolescence in Philadelphia. At the age of 18, he was sentenced to a minimal term of 8 to 20 years in prison for his use of a handgun which caused the accidental death of a close friend. While incarcerated, Kingsley earned his Associate Degree from St. Francis College's Prison Program and made a commitment to become a productive citizen and give back to society, particularly in inner-city communities.
After being incarcerated for ten years in Pennsylvania, he enrolled in New York University and earned his BS in Information Systems Management. He continued on to receive his MSW from NYU, distinguishing himself as Silver Scholar in Social Work supported by the Constance McCatherin-Silver Fellowship Fund.
Kingsley has worked as a social worker with disenfranchised populations, including LGBTQ youth and adults, impoverished families, and adults living with serious mental illness. His passion is helping individuals coming home from prison make the successful transition to productive and contributing members of society through education. He draws upon his experiences of incarceration and education as a cautionary tale about guns and as inspiration for those looking to build a life after prison.
BS in Information Management, NYU School of Professional Studies MSW, NYU Silver School of Social Work