Defy Southern California was founded in 2016. Defy SoCal now serves six state prisons, two transitional facilities, and has a growing post-release program. To join us at an in-prison or post-release event, visit our events page and click on the links for Southern California!
Defy SoCal prisons: Avenal State Prison (ASP), California City Correctional Facility (CAC), California Institution for Women (CIW), California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC), Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP), and Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD).
Local Board Members
Defy Ventures Los Angeles Board
Kerry Bennett (chair) – Head of Marketing, Upfront Ventures
Tatiana Becker – Owner, NIAH Recruiting
Alex Israel – Mobility Entrepreneur
Nnamdi Dillon Iwu – Director of Government Affairs, American Investment Council (AIC)
Jeremy Kerbel – Managing Partner, ChainX Capital
Susan Napier – Vice President, Goldman Sachs
Christopher North – Producer, Two Bridges Film & Executive Coach, Novus Global
Tom Shieh – CEO, Crimcheck
Mike Su – Director, Yellow Content Accelerator at Snap
Defy Ventures San Diego Board
Kelly Abbott – CTO, Tablecloth
Mark Bowles – Entrepreneur
Erin Dimry – Chief Business Development Officer, DLA Piper
Timothy Jackson* – Founder and CEO, Quality Touch Cleaning Systems
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Defy SoCal's programs and EITs.