What Is the Jail to Jobs Podcast?
Monica Gray Logothetis Host/Executive Producer
Monica is an education entrepreneur who’s interested in creative ways to close career opportunity gaps in America.
Her current research explores how community colleges can be catalysts for national criminal justice reform by connecting reentering individuals to workforce training opportunities and quality jobs. The Jail to Jobs podcast aims to tell the stories of the people she’s met while conducting this research. Her goal is to amplify the voices and experiences of those who’ve dealt first-hand with America’s justice system, giving policy and industry decision makers more context around her findings and more insight into the human element behind Jail to Jobs.
Monica also serves as co-founder of the edtech nonprofit DreamWakers, which connects diverse and dynamic career role models to 30,000+ 4th-12th grade students in under-resourced rural and urban communities across 40+ states.
Her work has been recognized in outlets such as Bloomberg, Education Next, Edutopia, Forbes, The New York Times, Vogue, and The Washington Post, and she has been named a Toyota ‘Mother of Invention,’ a Glamour ‘Hero Among Us,’ and a L’Oréal Paris ‘Woman of Worth.’
In a volunteer capacity, Monica serves on the advisory boards of Harlem Academy and Social Innovation at the University of Virginia.
Cooper has reported for NPR stations in Wyoming, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He’s reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. He’s also received eight awards for coverage including the Blackjewel bankruptcy and a National Murrow for Best Use of Sound. He’s an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
Olivia is a writer and podcast producer based in Austin, Texas. She has reported on recovery from hurricanes and natural disasters in South Carolina, stories of people experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C., the development of Tesla’s largest-ever gigafactory outside Austin, and many other subjects. Her work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times.