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Alex Johnson is the Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) and leads the organizations statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low income families, reforming the juvenile justice system, promoting educational equity, and ending child poverty.
Prior to assuming this position, Alex served as Assistant Senior Deputy for Education and Public Safety to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Alex is a graduate of Morehouse College and is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education.
Mindy Velasco began working with InsideOuT Writers in 2012 as the writing program coordinator and is currently serving as the writing program director. As program director Mindy aims to uphold IOW’s mission of reducing juvenile recidivism by providing a range of services to currently and formerly incarcerated youth. Through the use of creative writing as a catalyst for personal change IOW empowers youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully re-integrate into their communities and become advocates for their futures.