Dawn Freeman: The vision and leadership required to turn a nonprofit into a nationwide resource
Dawn Freeman the President & CEO of The Securus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helping communities re-engage and successfully reintegrate returning citizens joins Enterprise Radio. Dawn Freeman leads the foundation’s vision to modernize the reentry process to increase successful community reengagement.
- How did you first get involved with The Securus Foundation?
- What new programs or resources are you excited about this year?
- How do you get communities involved with this worthy cause? Workshops? Events?
- What is your overall goal for The Securus Foundation’s national impact?
- In what ways have you seen criminal justice reform or the re-entry of rehabilitated citizens changed because of efforts by The Securus Foundation?
Dawn Freeman is the President & CEO of The Securus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helping communities re-engage and successfully reintegrate returning citizens.
She takes a vision and makes it a reality through comprehensive strategy development and tenacious ambition. She is an inspirational leader whose passion and determination motivates and encourages others to step outside of their comfort zone and aspire to do more. Respected as a credible voice in business and on a personal level, Dawn earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.
Dawn is not a stranger to incarceration or recidivism. She has experienced several of her immediate family members go in and out of jail and prison over the years. Additionally, Ms. Freeman has several family members who dedicated 20+ years to law enforcement and corrections, which provides her with an even greater perspective on the challenges of pre-release programming and reentry, not just from the viewpoint of the incarcerated individual, but that of the corrections and law enforcement family.
Since 2008, Ms. Freeman has financially supported the reentry efforts of her church and local non-profit organizations. In 2016, Dawn expanded her community service efforts beyond a monetary contribution and began volunteering her personal time to a local reentry focused non-profit organization as a Facilitator. After engaging with individuals with backgrounds like her own family members and due to her decade long tenure in the corrections industry, the concept of The Securus Foundation was born. With the guidance and support of the Executive Team at Securus Technologies, The Securus Foundation is a reality.
Dawn holds an M.B.A. with an Accounting specialization and B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Saint Leo University.
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