Kristy Laschober has been a fierce advocate for recovery and prison reform since her release in 2017, advocating to provide new opportunities for second chances. Her successful fight to remove the criminal history box on all college applications in the state of Oregon was realized in 2020. This was achieved by collaborating with key partners, legislators, and higher education coalitions. That same year, Kristy earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Innovation and Leadership at Southern Oregon University, graduating summa cum laude.
Kristy founded the The Freedom Exchange Project, where she connects and has conversations with men and women impacted by the criminal legal system, in order to amplify their voices. Kristy has a certificate in Community Storytelling, is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and is a member of the Faces of Women Speakers Bureau for LOHM. Kristy is a Federal Reentry court advocate and brings those mentoring skills to Operation Restoration. Kristy is passionate about bridging communities and cultures so that people have opportunities to realize their ultimate potential.