Shannon Ross is the president of The Community, which he started as a personal development newsletter to provide information to the incarcerated community in 2014 while serving a seventeen year prison sentence in Wisconsin. He was released in September, when he began (the first day out) a graduate degree program at UW-Milwaukee for which he had been offered a scholarship. He is also a community fellow for a new partnership between UWM, Marquette, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering to facilitate collaboration among and access to all of the anti-mass incarceration efforts and resources in Wisconsin.
Ramiah Whiteside was also incarcerated for over 2 decades. Now free, he has dedicated himself to raising awareness about the cause of anti-mass incarceration and promoting personal development and education among the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated.