The Freedom Project: Healing the trauma and dismantling the stigma
Aug 20, 2020
David Heppard
The Freedom Project: Healing the trauma and dismantling the stigma

David Heppard is the Executive Director of Freedom Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to help heal the trauma and dismantle the stigma caused by mass incarceration. He is a Credible Messenger, which is a national initiative of adult men and women from similar backgrounds who equip young people with the tools to heal their lives and provide them with a living example of hope and transformation. He is also on the Board of What's Next Washington, which believes every person has a right to a life of dignity and right to full participation in society. David was also a part of the second Unlocked Futures cohort which was launched in 2017 as a partnership between New Profit and John Legend's FREEAMERICA with founding support from Bank of America, as part of the latter’s broader focus on removing barriers to success for vulnerable populations. He is a Chartering member of Inside Out Toastmasters, the first reentry club that has grown into a reentry hub of support for returning citizens. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, has three beautiful kids, and calls Auburn, Washington home.

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