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Nooze Hounds: Patrice Funderburg Talks Second-Chance Employment

Episode 38

In Episode 38 of our Nooze Hounds podcast, we talked with Patrice Funderburg, executive director at The Center for Community Transitions and founder of Educate to Engage. 


In 2016, jolted into action by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Patrice Funderburg left her 25-year career in corporate HR to pursue her own path in the social justice field. She launched Educate to Engage, a consulting firm with a focus on criminal justice work, and began leading the free, six-week classes around The New Jim Crow.

In January 2020, she took over as executive director at The Center for Community Transitions, a reentry organization that offers services to justice-involved people — those with histories of incarceration or criminal records — including a 30-person dorm for women participating in the state’s work-release program.

Patrice Funderburg
Ryan Pitkin (left) and Patrice Funderburg talk about it. (Photo by Justin LaFrancois)

Patrice talked with us about human-first language, her pathway to criminal justice work, how COVID-19 has affected The Center for Community Transitions’ work-release program and new partnerships between local employers and advocacy groups promoting second-chance employment. We also argue over the meaning of the word “juxtapose,” though it later came to our attention that no one was right. You can read more about Patrice’s work in our latest news feature

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