Jean-Renold (J.R.) Altidor is a native of Haiti and has been living in the United States for the past 36 years. He completed a distinguished career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His tenure in the army afforded him global exposure where he gathered an unmatched ethnicand cultural competency that correlates to the following regions: Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, parts of North Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.
Due to JR Altidor’sinternational insight, knowledge of several foreign languages he was selected and diplomatically assigned as an assistant to the US Defense Attaché in several countries in North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Turkey. In that position he occasionally advised the US Ambassador in military affairs and assisted in the implementation of the Security & Humanitarian Assistance Programs.
Later at the Pentagon, he managed and monitored the employment of regionally and globally assigned Human Intelligence (HUMINT) assets where he provided each operation with detailed guidance, tasking, and specialized logistical requirements. Moreover, he also represented the United States Army at the International Program Office where he managed a group of international military officers (from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) to resolve combat operational conflicts and optimize international military interoperability.
During the global war on terrorism, JR spent a year in Afghanistan as the Commandant of a Camp of a coalition of Special Operations Forces that included the United States (U.S.), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), New Zealand, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Jordan, and France.
Upon retirement from the US Army, JR decided to view conflict with different lenses. He entered the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University where he completed a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He also possesses a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Information Technology Management (ITM) from Webster University. JR recently applied at NOVA Southeastern University to pursue a PhD program in Conflict Resolution.
JR is the recipient of several Humanitarian Service Medals and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as a result of his duties in Afghanistan.
As a native of Haiti, former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army, and a recent graduate of the M.S. program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Jean-Renold (J.R.) Altidor sees his work with Communities Without Boundaries International as a way of giving back to the society that has afforded him ample room to grow and fulfill his dreams. Mr. Altidor became involved in this work through his professor, Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby, who invited him to join the team at CWBI so that he could be involved in community building.
Mr. Altidor volunteers his time to CWBI and for continuing Dr. King’s dream by supervising a group of students from American University who have researched demographic, community and social data in key communities across the United States. The compiled data is presented in the form of a briefing document that informs civil and human rights leaders of the major challenges that these communities face.
Mr. Altidor says, “Although I was fairly aware of the great economic disparity in America, this work gives me the opportunity to learn it first hand. The research for the briefing books provided me with hard and raw data of the crime rates, poverty rates, and the organizations that are helping the community. I also enjoy meeting and seeing young individuals that are making a difference in their communities. It is refreshing to see that.”
As a part of his work thus far in preparing the briefing books, Mr. Altidor has discovered the extent of economic disparity in communities all across the United States. He believes that in order to continue Dr. King’s dream, it is important for all people, including immigrants and children of immigrants as well as born nationals, to reach out and contribute something to help shift attitudes in this country.