These are the people who run the show and make this what it is.



Dr. Baz Dreisinger

Dr. Baz Dreisinger, a professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, is the founder and Academic Director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Professor Dreisinger earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she specialized in American and African-American studies. She is the author of “Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture” (2008), which was featured in the New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio; her book “Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World” will be published in 2016. Professor Dreisinger moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, travel, music and pop culture for such outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and producing on-air segments about music and global culture for National Public Radio (NPR). Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex.

Cheo Vidal

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Cheo has lived in the United States for the past 25 years, the last 16 of which have been in New York City. Being an Inroads Alum, Cheo strongly believes in community service and mentorship. It’s this mindset and commitment to serving others that led him to found The Puff Puff Give Foundation to assist in righting some of the wrongs we have witnessed in the failed “War on Drugs”. When not working on Puff Puff Give, Cheo is a seasoned and dynamic digital executive. His work has been featured in US Weekly Magazine, People Magazine, CNBC, along with other radio, print, web and television spots.

Lucie Ling

Lucie has been growing and nurturing startups for almost a decade. Companies she’s worked with have been acquired by USA Today, Google, and Yahoo. Her expertise is in developing hiring processes to lay foundations for rapidly expanding organizations, while clarifying and maintaining company culture. Lucie has matched her experience in career development with her passion for people with criminal histories by fueling reentry programs. She judges second-chance pitch competitions, provides executive mentorship for entrepreneurs, as well as interview coaching and resume building for job seekers.

Perry Salzhauer

Perry is a corporate and environmental attorney who brings over a decade of experience providing strategic and compliance guidance and legal advice to public and private entities. Perry received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, OR. He has since served as both outside and in-house counsel to a variety of companies, investors, and government agencies throughout the United States, and has already helped launch several cannabis industry companies and projects. As an attorney, advisor, and manager, Perry specializes in streamlining operational, compliance, and management processes to create efficiencies which increase productivity and revenue. In addition to his experience and expertise in all aspects of cannabis-related matters, Perry’s years of experience providing guidance to clients with respect to business processes, SEC, and environmental compliance, makes him uniquely qualified in the emerging cannabis space where navigating compliance with new regulatory requirements, many of which remain to be implemented, looms large as a barrier to entry and ultimate success. Perry is also an expert in business and environmental sustainability matters, having written extensively on land-use and conservation issues as they relate to project design, siting, and development. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon and New York, and is an active member of the Sustainable Future Section of the Oregon State Bar.


Eric Swan

Eric Swan‘s education and professional experience have given him the opportunity to work for and with numerous private firms, local government entities, and nonprofit organizations.  Eric seeks to bring about transformative, sustainable changes in communities.

Eric has provided advisory services to help communities find strategic actions for business, real estate and land use challenges. Among these challenges are promoting, pursuing, and exploring innovative solutions that provide workforce and affordable housing, economic development, thoughtful urban infill, transit-oriented development, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, and policy as it relates to incentives, regional growth, interjurisdictional strategies, and sustainable development. He has assisted with business development, planning and design, creating public/private partnerships, entitlement assistance, community revitalization, pedestrian and bicycle amenities, market research, and data analysis.  He has also led community engagement efforts and created marketing and branding strategies. 

Eric has conducted workshops and coordinated initiatives to assist communities in the pursuit of positive economic and health equity outcomes based on potential changes to the built environment.  He also volunteers regularly with  a number of nonprofit organizations.