Andrew Glazier

Andrew Glazier

President & CEO

Defy Ventures

Los Angeles, CA USA

Prison takes away your humanity and your self-worth. If we’re going to help somebody be successful in reentry, we have to restore those things.


By Roadtrip Nation

Andrew Glazier


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Los Angeles, California.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College—I also studied Japanese and spent time studying abroad in Japan.
I liked Japan so much that I went back for a year after graduating college to teach English.
When I got back home, I followed my plan to start working in government—I worked as a fellow and then found jobs in both local and state government, primarily in public education.
After a few years, I decided to get an MBA in an effort to become a real estate tycoon.
I got a job in real estate running a construction site—it was the first time that I had interactions with formerly incarcerated people.
After completing the construction project, I went back to work in the nonprofit sector and got a job with City Year, where I saw first-hand the school-to-prison pipeline.
I eventually joined Defy Ventures, which serves as an intervention point for currently and formerly incarcerated men and women—I started as an executive director and now work as the president and CEO.
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President & CEO

I lead a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship and employment training to currently and formerly incarcerated people.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People


The Noise I Shed

"Do you work with murderers? Do you work with convicts? Why would you allow someone who was sentenced to life without possibility of parole into your program?"