Leader’s Stories

JLUSA leader Brandon Smith on The Frontline at Atmos

JLUSA leader Brandon Smith on The Frontline at Atmos

Brandon Smith is a 2020 Leading with Conviction graduate. He shares his story with The Frontline at Atmos.
I’m hoping to remove barriers for people coming home, some of the same barriers that I encountered.

I’m hoping to remove barriers for people coming home, some of the same barriers that I encountered.

Richard Speck is a Community Engagement Specialist at Safe and Just Michigan.
I want to see the resources that are provided to certain populations be provided equally for all.

I want to see the resources that are provided to certain populations be provided equally for all.

David Gaspar is National Director of Operations at The Bail Project.
You can feel the rumbling of the earth underneath you when you work in this field.

You can feel the rumbling of the earth underneath you when you work in this field.

Debra Wright supervises substance use disorder programs throughout Michigan.
I would love to see us reshape the whole system in a way that's more just for all people.

I would love to see us reshape the whole system in a way that’s more just for all people.

Tony Gant is the Policy Director for Nation Outside
In this work you have to believe in the magical and mystical.

In this work you have to believe in the magical and mystical.

Christopher Zahn is a Certified Recovery Coach/Trainer, Peer Specialist, Reentry Specialist and Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator.
We make society safer when we extend services, opportunity, and grace to everyone who has done their time.

We make society safer when we extend services, opportunity, and grace to everyone who has done their time.

Zach Ruppel is a Data and Research Analyst for the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs
"As leaders, to truly be successful in our organization or whatever endeavors we take on, we have to be strong as individuals."

“As leaders, to truly be successful in our organization or whatever endeavors we take on, we have to be strong as individuals.”

Chazidy Bowman is the President and Founder of Opportunities People’s Justice Leaders.