Co-founder and Executive Director
Co-founder and Book Club Manager
Director of Finance and Operations
Jamilah L. Al-Bari
Carlos Alonzo Avila
Reentry Case Manager
Advocacy & Leadership Development Specialist
Congressman John Lewis Fellow
Poet Ambassador & Co-Chair of Thrive Under 25
Member Experience Manager
Prison Book Club Coordinator
Peer Support Specialist
Development & Communications Specialist
Youth Education & Outreach Manager
Thanks for all the love with my poetry Free Minds—I realize I have a talent the world needs to see and I promise I will expand it and share it.
– Alonzo, Age 18
The Poet Ambassadors are a group of 25 Free Minds members home in the community who lead the “On the Same Page” sessions on a rotating basis. They have been members of Free Minds since the age of 16 or 17 at the DC Jail, where many wrote their first poems and read their first books. They have gone on to become avid readers and writers throughout their incarceration, and have pursued education via GED programs. These young men are highly motivated to give back to their community by sharing the strength and wisdom that writing has given them in order to prevent future violence.
Free Minds’ work is assisted by a dynamic team of interns from area universities. These interns provide valuable office support by typing poems, providing writing feedback, coordinating our writing blog, and helping with Community Outreach events. For more information about internship opportunities, visit this page.