About Us

In The Beginning

In 2018, Slack, The Last Mile, W.K. Kellogg, and FREEAMERICA, co-created Next Chapter, a pilot program designed to shift perceptions about the potential of formerly incarcerated individuals and to generate new opportunities in skilled, long-term employment in the technology sector.

The First Cohort

After eight months of rigorous training, one-on-one coaching/mentoring and successfully completing the Next Chapter program, the three apprentices in the first cohort are now full-time Slack engineers. They are valuable members of the Slack team and their unique experiences have contributed to helping build a robust product and an even more inclusive culture.

The Next Chapter

Since the success of the original pilot program, Next Chapter has become an independent social venture hosted at Slack, with Tides Center as the fiscal sponsor. We are continuing to scale and build more opportunities in the tech sector for those returning from incarceration.

The Cultural Shift

Our mission is two fold; we aim to build a pathway for formerly incarcerated individuals to thrive in tech and transform the sector into a more inclusive, equitable workplace by shifting perceptions of those returning from incarceration. We believe that talent is equally distributed. With the right training, we hope to provide opportunities for those who would not only thrive at these large tech companies, but also fill the massive shortage of engineering talent that the tech community needs from an often-overlooked population.

How the Next Chapter Works

  • Recruits high quality talent for engineering roles.
  • Provides support to each apprentice through education, community, and reentry services.
  • Provides Evolution 1:1 career coaching
  • NC Engineering Director provides technical mentorship and guidance to reduce strain on Host Companies’ engineering team.
  • NC Reentry Director acts as liaison and mentor between apprentices and company staff.
  • Develops cultural engagement opportunities such as speaker series and “lunch and learns” to cultivate empathy for this population.
  • Host NC apprentice at their company for a 5 month onsite apprenticeship.
  • Commits to cutural change within their company and supports NC in organizing events.
  • Ensures cross-departmental cohesions and support for apprentices’ overall onsite experience.
  • Designates a point of contact to coordinate with Next Chapter staff to ensure program success.
  • Establishes a variety of mentors to guide apprentices while at the company.

Our Team

Dan Wheeler

Engineering Director

Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal

Reentry Director

Natrina Gandana

Project Director

Our Advisory Board

Deepti Rohatgi

Head of Slack for Good, Slack

David Schellhase

General Counsel, Slack

Cynthia Muller

Director of Mission Driven Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Priya Chordia

Co-Head, Propper Daley

Beverly Parenti

Executive Director, The Last Mile

Aly Tamboura

Manager of Program Delivery, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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