Aly Tamboura

Aly Tamboura

Technical Program Manager, Justice & Opportunity Team


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

San Diego, CA USA


We have so many ways to recycle a plastic bottle, but we think of people as disposable. We have to shift the narrative...people are redeemable.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Got married at a young age, dropped out of college, and decided to pursue his dream of entrepreneurship and start his own geotechnical company.
Admits that while his professional life was excelling, his personal life was headed for disaster—in 2005, he was convicted of assault and spent the next 12 years in state prison.
Early in his sentence, he got involved with the “lifer” community in prison and was so inspired by their optimism and self-awareness that he began taking classes and self-enrichment workshops.
He eventually applied and was accepted to a college program through San Quentin State Prison—he attended Patten University and graduated with his associate’s degree.
He was instrumental in relaunching the San Quentin News, an inmate-run newspaper that advocates for criminal justice reform and is distributed to every prison in California.
Took part in an intense coding program for inmates, which led to him working at the software development workshop within San Quentin—his work caught the attention of Mark Zuckerberg.
After being released from prison, he began working as a full-stack software developer and attended a coding bootcamp to bolster his skills.
He’s now a technical program manager for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and serves on the board for the Prison University Project, the same program that he had participated in at San Quentin.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Computer Software Engineering
Patten University
Career

Career

Technical Program Manager, Justice & Opportunity Team

I am a full-stack software engineer working to reform the criminal justice system using technology.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

At the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as the program manager, I work within our criminal justice reform department. My daily work is dedicated to helping transform the practice of prosecution so that key decisions that are made quickly in the justice system, yet have long-lasting consequences, are enriched with insights from data analysis and are tied to outcomes like community health and safety. A lot of this is done through building relationships and allies in this fight.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My experiences within the criminal justice system have given me a perspective that many people will hopefully never have. In order to work effectively within this space, you need to have compassion and empathy. My foundations in math, journalism, technology, and philanthropy have all impacted my career in different ways. Work on understanding yourself deeply and what motivates you.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Prepare yourself and take advantage of every opportunity. Study hard and dive deep into yourself in order to find your true passion.

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated
Formerly Incarcerated

I was convicted of assault and spent over 12 years in state prison. Once I got out, I was determined to change my life.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

When I was young, I lacked impulse control and emotional intelligence, which led me to make some regrettable decisions. In prison, I witnessed more violence than I had ever seen in my life, which helped me reframe my bad decisions.

Mental Health Issues
Mental Health Issues

I struggled heavily with my anger before and while in prison. There were many years of solitude and depression. Once I got to San Quentin and found a purpose, I started to overcome this. Survivor's guilt is a real thing and I use that to motivate me.