Our aim is to educate, build community and facilitate a discussion about fair chance employment.  How can we work together to open doors, build career ladders and truly give everyone a fair chance?  Employers and employees will share their stories and strategies. We will also learn about the Employers’ Responsibilities and Employees’ Rights in the Fair Chance Act from the National Employment Law Project.

We invite employers, workforce professionals, re-entry professionals, parole agents, probation officers, advocates, family members and those interested in exploring career opportunities to attend.

Workshop One: Beyond Hiring Practices

March 6th – California Endowment – 2000 Franklin Street, Oakland 1 PM to 3 PM

You will hear from:

  • The National Employment Law Project about the Fair Chance Employment Act (Ban the Box).

  • Employers who are committed to hiring, supporting, training and promoting men and women whose felony convictions have been barriers to work with other employers.

  • Employers who provide prison re-entry services and believe that staff with a combination of professional training and personal experience in the criminal justice system have more credibility with program participants.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Derrick Johnson, Owner, Home of Chicken and Waffles

  • Wayne Garcia, Vice President of Criminal Justice Programs, Healthright 360

  • Scott Blake, Community Outreach Director, Community and Youth Outreach (CYO)

  • David Muhammad, Executive Director, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

  • Beth Avery, National Employment Law Project


Workshop Two: Opening Up New Opportunities

April 10th – SAHA – 14th and Madison – 160 14th Street, Oakland – 6 PM to 7:30 PM

We will hear from panelists who are opening up new opportunities with a range of strategies. Panelists include: 

  • Non-profits whose mission is to open up opportunities in the tech industry.

  • East Bay employers who are committed to opening doors and developing career paths for men and women with criminal records.

  • Individuals whose personal experience with incarceration has led to a passion to open doors to those with convictions.

Our panel will include the following Fair Chance Employers:

  • Chris Deragon, Maintenance Supervisor, Community Housing Partnership, Our Road Prison Project Alumni

  • Rehana Lerandeau, Fair Chance Program Manager, Checkr

  • Rhody McCoy, Director, Contra Costa County, Rubicon Programs

  • Joanna Hernandez, Director of Custody Programs and Re-entry, Five Keys Charter School and Programs


Fair Chance Employment Workshop Series