Jason is The Last Mile’s Senior Manager of Partnerships leading conversations to create mutually beneficial partnerships impacting TLM learners and alumni. He especially focuses on fair chance hiring partnerships, so a past conviction is not a barrier to meaningful employment.
He’s passionate about leading others to disrupt systems of oppression through youth diversion programming, mentorship, and preventive and in-prison education. His distinct perspective is formed as someone who has participated in TLM’s program and is now paving the way for others.
In 2018, Jason was released after 13 ½ years incarcerated, where he graduated from TLM’s inaugural coding class. Before his release, Jason became the first person from his cohort to sign a work agreement with a tech company as a software engineer. Subsequently, Jason was accepted into the Lightspeed fellowship and graduated from the Koch Associate Program. His volunteer work includes sitting on the board of Rosecrans Ventures, which mentors opportunity youth from marginalized communities, and managing a high school tech center, an after-school training program for pathways into the tech sector. As a formerly incarcerated, Black man in the tech sector he provides a unique perspective at the intersection of race, justice, and technology.