President & Executive Director
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 Hodge 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 (expected graduation, 2017)
- Opportunity Collaboration, 2016 Delegate
- Nominee, The White House United State of Women Summit, 2016
- Aspen Institute & American Express Emerging Nonprofit Leader, 2015
- 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
Co-founder & Director of Strategy & Innovation
Teresa Y. Hodge, a passionate advocate for people with criminal connections, is committed to reducing the lasting harm caused by prison. It was a 70-month federal prison sentence for a white-collar, non-violent, first-time offense that introduced her first-hand to the justice system and mass incarceration in America. Upon coming home, she and her daughter Laurin Hodge co-founded Mission: Launch, Inc. a non-profit focused on introducing technology and entrepreneurship to previously incarcerated individuals as a way of ensuring self-sufficiency. Additionally, the organization manages the Rebuilding Re-Entry Coalition, a citizen-led movement committed to creating a more just and inclusive society for returning citizens (a person who exits prison or jail).The Coalition and its members desire to leverage its efforts within the Washington DC region to ensure re-entry is more efficient and safer for everyone.
As the Director of Strategy & Innovation for Mission: Launch, Inc. Teresa plays a critical role in building strategic partnerships and establishing social enterprise models for greater reach and sustainability. Prior experience as an entrepreneur allowed her to maximize her time in prison looking for best practices to not only help her and others, get back on their feet upon release. Hodge is a certified life coach, with a specialty in prison re-entry. Her memoir and private coaching practice through Pearls & Prison continues to bring meaning and closure to the time she spent in prison.
Teresa was named a 2016-2017 Open Society Soros Justice Fellow and will be spending a significant portion of her time focused on advocating for digital inclusion for Americans with an arrest and/or conviction record.
Dr. Pamela Y. Keye
Director of Research and Design
Dr. Pamela Y. Keye
Dr. Pamela Y. Keye is a former superintendent and award-winning educator. As a justice-involved individual she is committed to educating and advocating on issues associated with the collateral consequences of incarceration as well as gender-responsive programming for women. She is the author of a forthcoming book documenting her own road to reentry and serves as a keynote speaker to academic, community, civic and business audiences both nationally and internationally.Pamela has successfully worked with individuals and organizations to design and evaluate programs and services that focus on research and evidence based practices that support the empowerment of returning citizens.
As the Director of Research and Design, Dr. Keye brings to the Mission: Launch team her technical skills as a researcher, instructional accountability systems thinker, and thought leader in education. Her keen insight and lived experiences are creating a platform of advocacy that supports not only the work of Mission Launch, but her desire to make a difference in the reentry space for justice-involved individuals especially women.
LaunchPad Program Officer
Shelby Carl holds a BA in Social Work and is a former Walter J. Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Fellow. Since becoming a part of the team she has launched the organization’s Salesforce strategy as well as various other operational improvements. Shelby serves as Program Officer for our pilot program, LaunchPad, as well as provides operational support to various projects. Learn more about Shelby here!
Taqwa supports the Mission: Launch team by developing their soon-to-be-released podcast series, "Prison in America"