Alex Mayo is a returning citizen who knows the power of education firsthand. As a classroom teacher, he witnessed how various systems contribute to the injustice we call the school-to-prison pipeline. While incarcerated, Alex’s eyes were opened to the magnitude of the problem as he glimpsed the hidden curriculum of our public schools. Collectively, Alex’s formal and informal education has taught him of our need to organize with, and advocate for, our growing justice-involved community. He believes that together we will remove systems of oppression, promote healing for ourselves and our community, and ultimately change hearts and minds to form a more equitable world.
Through grant writing and other talents, Alex supports several Seattle-based nonprofits led by formerly incarcerated individuals, including What’s Next Washington, Freedom Project, and Civil Survival. Additionally, he has been appointed as a community organizer for Prison Voices Count and serves on the board of Washington Voices. One thing that he is especially proud of is to be a founding member of the Inside Out Toastmasters Club in Federal Way, WA. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, Inside Out is a specialty club focused on developing leadership and communication skills for our formerly incarcerated community.