Richie co-founded Success Stories Program in 2014 while he was incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, CA to make a space for young incarcerated men like him to achieve integrity and healthy, fulfilling, lives by challenging their patriarchy. He also co-founded Initiate Justice, which organizes people directly impacted by mass incarceration to change laws to end it and the social-impact media company, Question Culture.
Director of Operations/Co-Executive Director
Chantal is the Director of Operations/Co-Executive Director of Success Stories and former volunteer community liaison. She went to Scripps College in Claremont, California and graduated with a B.A. in politics and a focus on critical race theory and social movements. In her role at Success Stories, she oversees operations and fundraising and works closely with the Leadership Team and Board on strategic growth.
Coach and Growth Coordinator
Mannie has been a Success Stories facilitator at CTF Prison since 2017. He holds 5 Associates Degrees in multiple disciplines. He recently had his sentence commuted by Governor Brown and was found suitable for parole. He was hired as a Success Stories Coach and Growth Coordinator upon his release in October of 2019. He focuses on identifying and securing new sites to deliver Success Stories Program.
Coach and Coach Coordinator
Graham was a facilitator at CTF Prison in Soledad, CA. He came home in February of 2019 and joined the staff in July. He is a coach at three prisons in the central valley and multiple reentry programs in Southern California. He focuses on resource development for coaches nationally and identification of new sites to deliver Success Stories.
Coach and Alumni Coordinator
Hugo served as the second President of Success Stories at CTF Prison in Soledad. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and one of the original facilitators. He now works as a coach and alumni coordinator, developing programs for our network of graduates. He also sits on the board of Initiate Justice.
ROY DURAN, JR.
Coach and Local President
Roy is the currently incarcerated Coach and local President of Success Stories at the Santa Barbara County Jail in California. He is a psychology student and key figure in the CNN documentary about Success Stories, The Feminist On Cellblock Y. He has worked with Success Stories since 2015.
Coach and Local President
Chris is the currently incarcerated Coach and local President of Success Stories at CTF Soledad. He is a business student with a specialty in organizational leadership. He is looking forward to his opportunity to be released in January 2021. He has worked with Success Stories since 2016.
Kiki joined the Success Stories team in September 2020. She is pursuing two associates degrees in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies at City College of San Francisco. In her role, Kiki creates communications content and coordinates administrative tasks.
Board of Directors
Angela Me-Gyung Chung
Angela Me-gyung Chung is a criminal defense attorney, facilitator, and independent consultant based on the unceded territory of the Gabrieleño/Tongva territory. For over two decades, they have been active in the social justice movements for racial justice, gender justice, prison abolition, and transformative justice. They come to this work as a survivor of family violence, a daughter of Korean immigrants, and loved ones with mental health and substance abuse issues. They are a co-founder of the FTP Fund, a community bail fund helping people arrested for resisting police, white supremacy, and poverty in Los Angeles.
Amber-Rose Howard is a poet, public speaker and organizer from Pomona, California. Experiencing a felony conviction as a young adult propelled Amber-Rose into a lifetime commitment of organizing against the Prison Industrial Complex and building up the power of Black people and all others impacted by state violence. Amber-Rose holds a BA in Communication Studies concentrated in Public Argumentation & Rhetoric from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California, Women’s Policy Institute fellowship program and a proud member of All of Us Or None and a graduate of the Just Leadership USA, Leading with Conviction Fellowship. Amber-Rose currently serves as Executive Director of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a statewide coalition of over 80 grassroots organizations working to reduce the amount of people incarcerated, stop prison and jail construction and expansion, and shift state and local spending from policing and corrections to supportive human services, bridging movements for racial, economic and environmental justice in CA and across the Nation.
Mimi Kim is the founder of Creative Interventions and a co-founder of INCITE! Women, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Against Violence. She continues to work on transformative justice and restorative justice responses to gender-based violence. As a second generation Korean American and a long-time activist and advocate, she locates her political work in global solidarity with feminist anti-imperialist struggles, seeking not only the end of oppression but of the creation of liberation here and now. Mimi is also an Associate Professor of social work at California State University, Long Beach.
Roy Duran, Jr.