Before launching 70MillionJobs, Richard served as Director of Defy Ventures, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing incarcerated men and women second chances upon release. Before that, he was a co-founder of the popular nostalgia website, DoYouRemember.com. His career began on Wall Street, where he managed money at Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns. He eventually went on to found Biltmore Securities, a registered broker-dealer based in South Florida. Richard grew Biltmore to nearly 500 employees and took many companies public. After Biltmore, Richard founded Channels Magazine and launched several successful consumer product and service businesses. Richard was convicted of securities fraud in 2002, arising from his activities in the 1990s and served two years in a Federal prison camp.
Prior to 70 Million Jobs, Joel was the Founder and CTO of SixArm.com. Before that, he worked as a technical engineering and software consultant for a variety of companies including the University of California Berkeley, LightBox, Ominex.io, and ThoughtWorks. His career began at the software startup, NetDynamics which he grew from 22 employees to 200, before it was purchase by Sun Micro for $200m.
Robin is a nearly 20-year human resources veteran. For the past 17 years, she served as vice president of human resources at Ovation Travel, a large corporate travel company. Before that, she served as Executive Director of the Private Client Division of CIBC.
Seth is a California Bay Area native, a former NBA basketball player, a former branch manager of a national mortgage company and a former inmate in a federal prison. He was incarcerated for tax fraud and served 5 years for his offense, and is now committed to making the transition back into society better for other formerly incarcerated men and women.
Briana is a writer who values creativity and community. She attended the University of Missouri for her BA and earned her MFA at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has since settled into life in Chicago, a city she has always considered a second home. Briana formerly worked as a Content Specialist at Groupon, then transitioned to a remote freelance writing role with a company called CopyPress. She serves her south side community by dedicating time and hands-on work as a marketing/PR board member of #TheTakeBack, an organization that promotes peaceful interactions through anti-violence initiatives. In her free time, Briana can be found reading, catching up on her shows, or enjoying fresh air by the lake.
Adrienne works as the Community Outreach Manager at 70 Million Jobs. She oversees community organization and government partnerships, and has facilitated reentry partnership projects in over 30 states. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric, she worked in Corporate Law at Clerkin Lynch Solicitors in Dublin, Ireland on the largest litigation case in the country’s history. Previously, she created and co-facilitated a UC Berkeley course on topical news in the modern media, and worked as an Editing Intern at Red Arrow Media Group.
Alex joins us after working at an integrated marketing and communications firm- Image Unlimited Communications in Boston. As an experienced Digital Account Executive, Alex has a demonstrated history in the marketing and advertising industry also working with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. He’s a graduate of St. Johns University and has a Master’s Degree from Suffolk University.
Julianne works as a Marketing Associate at 70 Million Jobs, researching opportunities to help us thrive. She brings experience in human resources consulting and analytics. Julianne is also completing her undergraduate studies at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Organizational Effectiveness and Operations.
Audrey M. Holmes’ 35 plus years of professional expertise spans the fields of Education and Workforce Development, Employment Training and Non-profit Grant Management. Most recently, Audrey served as a Senior Program Manager/Consultant with the LA County Office of Diversion and Reentry and Director of Workforce Development with Homeboy Industries (until 2017). She has held the positions of Operating Officer of Community Center’s Inc., Vice President of Employment Programs for Beyond Shelter, and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the UAW-Labor Employment Training Corporation. Her operational responsibilities have included the development and oversight of numerous initiatives designed to enhance the training, retraining and job placement activities of programs funded by the Workforce Investment Boards for the Cities and Counties of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside County, and Orange County. Additionally, she presided over a successful, “prisoner re-entry program” operated in the State of New Jersey funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor, utilizing the “On-the-Job-Training” model to assist recently released individuals in becoming gainfully employed. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Administration(MPA) -Specializing in Grants Management from California State University-Long Beach.
Most recently, Justin led the Fair Chance Business Pledge in the Obama White House, an effort to ensure job opportunities for individuals with a criminal record. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Justin clerked for judges in both the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri. He previously served as a Policy Aide to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and helped lead the Senator's successful re-election campaign in 2012. He also worked on then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Justin is a native of St. Louis, MO, and a graduate of Truman State University and Washington University School of Law.
Terry-Ann Craigie is an Associate Professor of Economics at Connecticut College and the Economics Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the 70M Coin advisory board, she was also a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute, and a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. She was selected as a Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) Emerging Scholar in 2013. Craigie is an economist with transdisciplinary interests in mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, and the labor market. She has published in journals such as Oxford Development Studies, Eastern Economic Journal, Review of Black Political Economy, Families, Relationships & Societies, The Future of Children, and Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. Her research has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and she has presented at numerous national conferences and research seminars, including The White House.
Torin Ellis is a Diversity Strategist, Published Author, and SiriusXM Contributor with an accomplished background that includes nearly 20 years of recruitment and strategy efforts. His background also includes military service, several Board of Director appointments and unwavering spirit of giving back to the community and emerging youth. Torin's book, Rip The Resume was published by Petersons (September 2016).
Before launching GEMTrainers, Glenn E. Martin founded and served as President of JustLeadershipUSA for three years, an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. For almost 20 years, he has been part of the vanguard of successful non-profit leaders in America. His inspirational leadership has been recognized with multiple honors, including the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, the 2017 Brooke Astor Award, and the 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship. Prior to founding JustLeadershipUSA, he was the Vice President of The Fortune Society, where he founded and led the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy. He also served as the Co-Director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center, and is a co-founder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition. Glenn is also the founder of the #CLOSErikers campaign in NYC. Glenn’s bold, unflinching leadership is recognized by leaders from across the political spectrum. He is a sought after public speaker and a frequent media guest appearing on national news outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera and CSPAN.
John serves as Senior Vice President Corporate and Workforce Development at The Doe Fund, where he leads major employer engagements for employment and training leverage. Kirkland was previously Vice President-Corporate Employment & Development Partnerships at FEGS in New York City.
David currently serves as Director of Employment and Vocational/Educational Counseling at the Fortune Society in New York, where he oversees job placement and retention, working closely with foundations and various governmental agencies. Before that, he was a Program Manager at the Osborne Association. He received a BA from St. John’s University, graduating summa cum laude.David served nearly 25 years behind bars prior to embarking on his career in workforce development. David was also a 2016-2017 Beyond the Bars Fellow at the Center for Justice at Columbia University.
Peter is the former President and CEO of RecruitMilitary, the leading veteran-hiring solutions company in the nation. A former U.S. Marine field artillery and intelligence officer, Gudmundsson is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and Brown University (BA).
Randy Brown is a software engineer who is passionate about leveraging technology to promote equal opportunity. He was the founding engineer and CTO of Jopwell, a Y Combinator alumnus, and until recently was the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Engineer in Residence at /dev/color. He's recently founded Enrise, an online platform where individuals from diverse backgrounds can propose, discover, and collaborate on tech projects that empower their communities. Randy studied Economics and Computer Science at Princeton University.
Dr. Susan Amat is the CEO and founder of Venture Hive, a software and training company that provides accountability and transparency tools and content to support innovation management and entrepreneurship programs. As a serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-Rom magazine and a national television show. After exiting her business and completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (coursework in industrial engineering, business, and education). While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which was considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform were replicated throughout the world as Blackstone LaunchPads in universities including USC, UCLA, and Case Western Reserve University. Venture Hive has run internal and external innovation programs in Fortune 100 companies, accelerators, and universities with innovators and entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries. Dr. Amat served as the founding Chair of the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and actively speaks about entrepreneurship education internationally. She currently serves as a Trustee of Miami Dade College, the largest college in the United States and 3Cinteractive, which Forbes named the top private company in the US. She has worked with the US State Department, the Kauffman Foundation, and the World Bank on program development, measurement, and evaluation. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House.