As a health care management graduate of California Coast University with a Master of Arts in organizational leadership, Ted brings over 20 years of lived experience and program administration skills within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). During his incarceration, Ted established CROP Organization with help from his father as well as a think tank within restorative institutions called Inside Solutions, which worked collaboratively with CROP to honor the mission of transforming the culture of restorative institutions. Having helped to successfully develop and implement an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) certification program, dozens of leadership seminars and trainings, and a scholarship, Ted has proven himself to be a gifted leader. He is at his best when he is building collaborative partnerships with organizations in order to build restorative, leadership, and career development opportunities. Ted’s hard work resulted in him not only becoming a state-certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor who received senatorial recognition for his contributions, but also to receiving a gubernatorial commutation ordering his immediate release from restorative institutions.