Denise Ruben is an Abolitionist, Criminal Justice/Civil Rights Activist and Advocate, Community Organizer, and Survivor of Incarceration. While working diligently to lift up the community and dedicating her life to changing the narrative of criminal and social justice reform; she works vigilantly to improve the quality of life for formerly incarcerated, demarginalized, and disenfranchised communities.
I am a formerly incarcerated woman who actively seeks balance and stability for all humans affected by the judicial system.
Bridgette Simpson is a Formerly Incarcerated Survivor, Activist, Advocate, Entrepreneur, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Certified Life Coach, Co-Founder of Barred Business and Formerly Incarcerated Small Business Rescue Fund, Minister of Organizing for M4BL, Organizer for Women Run Campaign, Canvasser for Working Families Party, and Trail Blazer who partners with other Survivors, Activists, Social Justice Reform Organizations, Organizers, Public Figures, Formerly Incarcerated and Incarcerated people to empower, inspire change and promote hope.
After spending a decade training in the professional corporate arena, Bridgette spent 10 years in the state of Georgia’s department of correction, receiving up close and personal training in the penal system. Bridgette now fuses both aspects of her training to educate the masses on the inequalities of the criminal justice system and the pressing need for social justice reform. She also teaches on perseverance, drive, change, and the willingness to overcome any obstacle. Because of Bridgette’s unique experiences, she has the ability to connect with the beating hearts of people who are or have been behind bars, their supporters and people who are uninformed about the malfunctions of the criminal justice system
Project/Major Gifts Manager
Founder & Executive Director of Impacted People's Alliance
Devohn Phillips is a New York State University of Albany graduate, formerly incarcerated abolitionist who imagines a world free of policing. Devohn has developed, obtained funding and resources for fellowships for justice impacted Black people. Devohn has worked on ending cash bonds campaigns by doing numerous bailouts and providing social service stabilization programs. Devohn believes that we keep us safe and our communities safe. Devohn is an advent believer in restorative justice and the power of communities banning together to make changes in the communities they live in.
Devohn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and traveling the world.
CEO of Diamond Shine Enterprise
Chartisia Griffin is the owner of Diamond Shine Enterprise,Toastmaster, best-selling author and storyteller, grassroots organizer, and campaign manager for 7 plus years, and combines her lived experiences and her love for black people
As a black “Justice Impacted” woman, Chartisia strives to engage and activate her peers through love and leadership. She lives by her motto “Most times all it takes is for you to know that someone believes in you for you to start believing in yourself”
Currently servicing Gwinnett County, Chartisia works with local organizations to help justice-impacted people successfully transition into society.
Canvassing Lead/Community Organizer
Cynthia White is a community organizer, activist, advocate, political observer, lead canvasser, and lover of people. She continually exemplifies her passion for movement and issue base causes.
Cynthia has a profound knowledge of the political process and a fearless approach to life. When Cynthia isn’t advocating for marginalized people, she enjoys living life and spending time with her grandchildren.
Board Member & Executive Director of Free Hearts
Board Member & CEO of Bounce Back and Intelligis
Board Member & Communications Director, Solutions Not Punishment Collective.
Board Member & CEO of Project Restart and Community Development Manger for Regions Bank.
Board Member & Realtor at JacKEYS Atlanta
Board Member & Hot Sticky Buns Consultant
Board Member & Currently Incarcerated Activist, Advocate, Film Maker and Essence #1 Best Selling Author.