Laurin Leonard

President & Executive Director

Laurin Leonard (Hodge)

Laurin often says she did not pick prison; prison picked her. It was the unexpected incarceration of her mother for a first-time, nonviolent, white-collar indictment, which motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career as a millennial woman of color. As the Executive Director, Laurin Leonard oversees the day-to-day development of the organization and serves as the vision keeper for shifting policies, programs, practices and ultimately the allocation of resources. Mission: Launch envisions the elimination of the lasting harm caused by our criminal justice system, which requires a robust approach of leveraging technology and innovation as well as restoring self-sufficiency through inclusive entrepreneurship. 

Laurin is honored when she is invited to walk the reentry journey with women and men who are rebuilding their lives.  

  • Educational Background & Community Affiliations:
  • The Johns Hopkins University | Masters of Science, Information
  • Systems Candidate 
  • Opportunity Collaboration, 2016 Delegate
  • Nominee, The White House United State of Women Summit, 2016
  • Aspen Institute & American Express Emerging Nonprofit Leader, 2015
  • Points of Light Honoree, 2014
  • Caux Scholar, 2014
  • Ashoka & American Express North American Emerging Social Innovators, 2014
  • StartingBloc LA 2013
  • The Johns Hopkins University | Certified, Competitive Intelligence 2011
  • The Johns Hopkins University | Certified, Leadership Development 2010
  • Program for Minority Managers
  • Old Dominion University | Bachelors of Science, Sociology, 2007

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