Stephanie Jeffcoat


Stephanie Jeffcoat’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to social justice have undeniably shaped the landscape of public policy organizing. Serving as the Founder of Families Inspiring Reentry and Reunification for Everyone (FIR4E), Stephanie stands as a trailblazer in pioneering initiatives dedicated to empowering previously incarcerated individuals. Stephanie’s advocacy transcends conventional boundaries, embracing the intersectionality of the issues at hand. By actively engaging with diverse stakeholders, she ensures that the voices of those affected are not only heard but also integrated into the policymaking process. Through her efforts, Stephanie has played a pivotal role in reshaping legislation to create more equitable and just systems.

Since her return in 2018, Stephanie has accomplished remarkable milestones. She has earned five associate degrees, is in the final stages of completing her bachelor’s at Cal State Fullerton, and is poised to embark on her journey through law school. Beyond academia, Stephanie has shared her transformative journey from addiction, incarceration, and homelessness in a published memoir.

She has cultivated successful partnerships with state lawmakers, allied nonprofit organizations, and grassroots activists throughout California. This collaborative spirit has proven instrumental in spearheading legislative changes that directly address systemic challenges entrenched within the realms of the criminal justice and child welfare systems.