Tony McAleer has been involved in Life After Hate since its inception in 2011. He served as Executive Director from 2013-2017 while Life After Hate developed its online support groups and the EXIT USA program (based on EXIT Sweden’s model). In 2017, he became Board Chair until his departure in December 2019.
Tony spent 15 years in the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, starting as a skinhead and evolving to leadership positions. He built one of the first white supremacist websites for Resistance Records in the mid-90s. Today, his expertise is gleaned from receiving over a thousand hours of one-on-one and group counseling to understand his own process. He has spent countless hours coaching and mentoring change in others and is a certified Life Coach.
Tony has worked closely with law enforcement and government, from Attorneys General to senior staff at the Department of Homeland Security. He testified before Congress and attended the Paris Summit for the Christchurch Call with the Prime Minister of New Zealand (as well as supporting government and law enforcement in Victoria, Australia), helping the nation grapple with the rising problem of violent white supremacist groups.