Pioneer Human Services CEO, Karen Lee explains the monumental challenges that people released from prison face and how to best give them a second chance.

Guest Biography

As Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Human Services, Karen Lee leads one of the nation’s largest nonprofit social- enterprise organizations in the United States. Under Karen’s leadership, Pioneer successfully operates several revenue-generating businesses that provide living wage jobs to mission-related employees and help fund its mission of empowering people who have been involved in the legal system to build healthy, productive lives. Headquartered in Seattle, Pioneer serves over 10,000 people a year through its diversion, treatment, housing, and job training programs.

Karen is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • The dismal employment outcomes people with records generally face and how they can be helped.
  • The financial challenges of those re-entering the community after prison or jail.
  • Why housing plays such an important role to a successful reentry.

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