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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