Worth more than our worst decisions.

My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I’m also formerly incarcerated.

My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I’m also formerly incarcerated. I was incarcerated for a 1st degree felony (Aggravated Robbery) at the age of 15. I was given a 12-year sentence at a maximum security prison in Texas.

When I was released, I felt lost. The world had passed me by. Before I went to prison I had a flip phone; when I was released, everyone was carrying around an iPhone 3. The first time I saw that I said, “what the fuck is an iPhone.” Times sure had changed.

Parole required me to get a job. Every time I applied for a job I was denied employment due to my felony. The jobs that would take me, paid less than $10/hour. Stealing and dealing paid better than that, but I knew that the next time I went to prison, I would end up doing life. I wanted to find a better way.

Long story short, I’ve been blessed in life because good people invested in me, guided me, and believed in me. I earned a double Masters degree, started a few businesses, and I’m about to get married. 

My life’s mission is to end mass incarceration. I plan on doing that by equipping 26 million formerly incarcerated people across the nation with the tools, education, and the jobs they need in order to live positive, productive lives. Right now, that means investing in your education and getting you a badass job as a truck driver. That’s why we’re doing this. Because we all deserve a legitimate second chance.


Meet the Team

O'Neal Heard

Success Coach Manager

Previously a CDL A Driver, FreeWorld Graduate, Previously Incarcerated


Operations and Compliance Manager

Operations factotum specializing in creating and scaling internal processes for startup organizations.


Shawna Canady

Success Coach

MS in Criminal Justice, Worked with returning citizens pre- and post-release on programing and job readiness


Brigid Toney

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Full Stack Engineer with 10+ years of experience, previously at WIRED, Iodine, and GoodRx


Ross Patton

Chief of Staff

Formerly in the ICT space for 10 years with a focus on project management, change management, and digital transformation.


Frances Tran

Full Stack Engineer

Full Stack Engineer who specializes in working with efficacy organizations. Previously Incarcerated


Jason Long

Education Coordinator

Educator with 20 years teaching/facilitation experience in public, private & corporate education settings.


Allison C.

Board of Directors

Jason Green

Founder & General Partner
Emergence Capital


Andy Bromberg



Kumar Garg

Managing Director
Schmidt Futures


Jason Wang

Founder & CEO


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