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After serving as the keynote speaker at our Class 19 graduation,  Jeff Smith agreed to join our National Advisory Board. He brings a passion for our mission that is informed by his own stint in a federal prison, as he shares in his TED talk (below).

Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy in the New School’s Urban Policy graduate program, a consultant on affordable housing policy and prison reform, and a frequent public speaker on ethics in politics. Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a black-majority district. He is a columnist for City and State and a contributor to The Recovering Politician, a popular new blog for former legislators. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Current, and has been profiled by NPR’s “This American Life,” Harper’sThe New Republic, and several other periodicals. He recently gave a TED talk (see here) on prison entrepreneurship, and has published op-ed pieces for CNN, The AtlanticSalonInc.National JournalSalonPoliticoNew York MagazineBuzzfeed, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Britanie Olvera Austin TexasHaving engaged with PEP the first time in 2008, I find myself not only advocating PEP, but embracing the PEP wings and philosophy: “Changing the Future by Reconciling the Past”. This phrase has meaning and value far exceeding ink on paper. I am passionately involved with PEP because I see it not only giving second chances, but renewing families, re igniting “fatherhood”, but also changing hearts on both sides of the prison wall. I give to PEP my time; my money and I have had the pleasure of hiring PEP graduates into my business. The residual result is an infectious change that spreads into communities; extended families and businesses, resulting in the best ROI I have encountered.

You can look at the tax base return to the taxpayer on many levels, the numbers, hands down tell the successful story of PEP and what it’s accomplishing, but when you look at the changed lives, saved souls and mended hearts, you see the true success of PEP. This unquestionably has a reverberating and lasting effect on our local and regional community, of which the full residual effect, monetarily and socially are difficult to capture in a financial statement. I have seen nothing else like it and I’m convinced it is a revolution. AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE EMPOWER PEOPLE

Graciously,

Britanie Olvera
CMO/CEO
Building Team Solutions Inc
B.I.T Construction Services Inc

“Building teams and changing lives one staffing at a time”

Bob LitanThe Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is deeply grateful to announce that Dr. Robert E. Litan has agreed to join our national advisory board! His experience and leadership will add a tremendous boost to this already strong group of leaders, and help forge the future for PEP.

Dr. Litan is the vice president for Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, where he oversees the Foundation’s extensive program for funding data collection and research relating entrepreneurship and economic growth. Here is a link to his full bio on the Foundation’s Web site, as well as a link to his bio as an expert at the Brookings Institution, where he previously was vice president and director of Economic Studies.  Bob is also a senior advisor to the Global Economics Group.

During his career, Dr. Litan has authored or co-authored more than twenty books, edited another fourteen, and authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers on a broad range of public policy issues. His work, Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity, co-authored with William Baumol, (Yale University Press, 2007) has been translated into ten languages and is used as a college text around the world. His other recent books include: Competitive Equity: Developing a Lower Cost Alternative for Mutual Funds (with Peter J. Wallison, AEI Press, 2007);Worldwide Financial Reporting (Oxford University Press, 2006, with three co-authors); Financial Statecraft (with Benn Steil, Yale University Press, 2006); and Follow The Money: The Enron Failure and the State of Corporate Disclosure (AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 2003, with 3 co-authors).

Dr. Litan received his B.S. in economics (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. from Yale Law School; and both his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Litan to the PEP National Advisory Board!