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* '19 Graduate Hostos College AS in Business Administration 4.0 GPA

* '21 Graduate NYU-SPS 3.9 GPA Leadership and Management Studies with a minor in Human Resource Management

* General Manager of flagship restaurant of Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio's, Craft and Vallata

* Amplifier.org selection to be the face of the JFF Campaign (see Below)

* Recipient of Presidential Commutation by 44th President of United State4s Barack Obama on August 3, 2016

* Recipient of CCTOP Scholarship (NYU's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program)

* Sitting Member of the Hostos Community College Justice Impact Committee

* Chosen Speaker of the 2023 Welcome Conference see https://www.thewelcomeconference.com/

After being sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison as a first-time non-violent drug offender, John received a Presidential Commutation from President Barack Obama on August 2, 2016. John served over 12 years and returned home battered and broken, but continued on his journey with relentless determination to be successful. John always felt that his success would ultimately prove the case that individuals deserve second chances, and when those same individuals flourish it lays out the case to provide further opportunities to the tens of thousands of his brothers and sisters he left behind the prison walls.

John turned to education at Hostos Community College, earning an Associates Degree in Business Management with a 4.0 GPA, then accepting a CCTOP Scholarship to attend NYU-SPS where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership and Management Studies with a 3.9 GPA and was selected by his peers to be NYU-SPS Class of '21 Commencement Speaker.

John's achievements go far beyond his relentless determination to demonstrate to society that people deserve second chances.