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Doug Deason has been the president of The Deason Foundation and Deason Capital Services, LLC, since 2009. Deason Capital Services (DCS) manages Deason family assets, which include a large holding of Xerox Corporation shares, municipal bonds, Dallas Capital Bank, as well as minority holdings in oil and gas operating company Foreland Resources, LLC, investments in PE funds, debt funds, oil and gas funds and LPs, subprime auto loans, hotels, real estate, and other assets and investments.
Prior to joining the family office, Doug was CEO of Precept Builders, Inc. and co-managing partner of Evergreen Realty Partners. Doug has served on numerous boards of private and public companies and several different charitable organizations and private schools. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a degree in data processing and quantitative analysis.
Mark Holden is the former senior vice president of Koch Industries, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Americans For Prosperity.
Mr. Holden earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts. He earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, where he was an associate editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
Jenny Kim is the Deputy General Counsel – Political Law and Vice President, Public Policy for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates.
Before joining Koch in 2008, Ms. Kim was a senior associate at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, and an associate with Crowell & Moring, LLP. Previously, she was a presidential management fellow at The White House Office of Counsel to the President and Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.
Ms. Kim earned a juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. She is a member of the bar in New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
John Koufos is the National Director of Reentry Initiatives at Right on Crime, and the Executive Director of Safe Streets & Second Chances.
John has been widely recognized for his professional advocacy and was previously certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. He has tried complex jury trials to verdict, and received numerous professional achievement awards and accolades.
John’s reentry work has been recognized by President Donald J. Trump, and he works with the public and private sector to build partnerships designed to lead to better employment outcomes and safer communities. John’s work began in New Jersey, where he helped the Christie Administration and five former Governors implement effective evidence-based reentry services. John designed New Jersey’s nationally recognized legal program, combining staff lawyers with approximately 70 pro bono lawyers to help the reentry community clear old tickets and warrants and restore drivers licenses that lead to jobs.
John’s lived experience on all sides of the criminal justice system makes him a credible spokesperson. His leadership in the business community was recognized in 2016 when NJBIZ named him one of New Jersey’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He is a regular speaker on criminal justice, healthcare and workforce development, and helps cities, states and the federal government to optimize reentry systems.
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One of social work’s leading experts in criminal justice and decarceration, Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis joined The Florida State University as Associate Professor in summer 2018 where she serves as a founding director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development – a premier research center in the college of social work focused on criminal justice system-wide innovations and preparing the social work profession for leadership in smart decarceration approaches. Pettus-Davis was formerly Assistant Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St Louis. There she founded and directs the Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation and the Smart Decarceration Initiative – both center based initiatives focused on criminal justice innovations. Pettus-Davis also co-leads the Promote Smart Decarceration grand challenge network – one of the 12 grand challenges identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Through these initiatives, Pettus-Davis engaged a growing base of policymakers, business leaders, funders, advocates, practitioners, formerly incarcerated individuals, and scholars in criminal justice innovations for debate and testing.
Pettus-Davis focuses her applied research on decarceration of American prisons and jails through policy reform and direct practice intervention development. Pettus-Davis is particularly interested in the ways in which policies and practices can be transformed to reduce race, economic, and behavioral health disproportionality within the criminal justice system. She concentrates her direct practice intervention research on working with community partners to develop and research interventions to enhance positive social support, respond to lifetime trauma experiences among justice-involved adults, and generate overall well-being for those impacted by incarceration. Pettus-Davis has authored over 50 academic publications including two books. Her co-edited volume, Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Pettus-Davis provides frequent public speaking and media commentary.
Dr. Pettus-Davis completed her doctorate in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Masters of Social Work Administration and bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology, all from the University of Kansas. She teaches courses in intervention research, the evaluation of programs and services, treatment of substance use disorders, and criminal justice.
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which represents the country’s 47 publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
From 2010-2017, Taylor served as president and CEO of TMCF, during which time he partnered with Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation to help launch the fund’s Center for Advancing Opportunity. Based in Washington, D.C., the center gives HBCU faculty the tools needed to research education, criminal justice and entrepreneurship in communities plagued by high crime, low-performing schools, and other barriers to opportunity.
Taylor holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.
As Stand Together’s Vice President of Criminal Justice, Sarah oversees the comprehensive criminal justice vision and strategy for Stand Together and its larger community.
Sarah has extensive experience as a leader in the nonprofit legal and public policy sector. Most recently, Sarah led judicial engagement strategy for Americans for Prosperity. Before that, she served as Executive Director at the Center for Shared Services and previously held key roles at the Charles Koch Foundation, the Federalist Society, and a variety of other nonprofit organizations.
Sarah’s passion for the rule of law and the Constitution was fomented at a young age, as she witnessed important national public policy debates unfold every four years in her home state of New Hampshire. This passion inspired her to study history and political science at Grove City College and to earn her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was president of the Federalist Society.