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Today, I am so proud to introduce myself as the new CEO of The Bail Project. I couldn’t be more honored to lead this organization and work alongside the incredible staff and clients who keep the dream of creating a more humane and just system alive. Together, we can achieve a future where freedom doesn’t depend on the amount of money in your bank account.

I joined The Bail Project years ago because I wanted to help create a justice system that respects everyone’s humanity and treats everyone fairly. And for me this is personal. As a young man, I made some mistakes and bad choices that resulted in my going to prison for 10 years of my life. During that time, I was reduced to a number, 755376 – but I never gave up on myself.

I stand here today as proof that we can all rise above our worst mistakes. I’m a husband, a father of five, and a grandfather. I’m a Mexican-American, connected to my family and to my community. And proudly, I am the next CEO of The Bail Project. Our work over the past 5 years proves that cash bail is not only unfair, it is unnecessary. There is still a lot of work to do. And it isn’t going to always be easy. But I know that together, anything is possible.

A reimagined justice system without cash bail is not only possible, it is inevitable. I can’t wait to get started. 

Change is here! Welcome to our new CEO, David Gaspar, who will be leading our efforts to reform the pretrial system. In this video, Gaspar speaks about his experiences as someone personally impacted by the criminal justice system and how that informs his vision for change. We have made so much progress since we opened five years ago and with Gaspar’s leadership we will continue to create change in the criminal justice system.

Thank you for engaging with our content. People like you make a better world possible – a world where justice is not determined by someone’s wealth. The Bail Project is not only an immediate lifeline for people held on unaffordable cash bail, but a growing megaphone for public education and social change. If you have the means and found value in our content, please consider becoming a donor today.

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Director of Creative and Marketing

Shannon Soper

As the Director of Creative and Marketing, Soper oversees all aspects of The Bail Project’s marketing strategy and content development and is responsible for accelerating systems change through brand recognition and public education nationwide. Since joining the organization in 2018, she has driven web, video, and social media innovation, cultivating an in-house creative team and establishing the Creative and Marketing Department. Soper has over a decade of leadership in nonprofit strategic communications, having served as Communications Director at Dignity and Power Now and as College Campaigns Strategist for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). A champion for expanding access to digital assets for activists and movements, Soper founded her own company in 2016 to provide subsidized web development and creative multimedia to disadvantaged organizations. She began her advocacy career leading teams on the ground, furthering public awareness on large scale concert tours and creating institutional change at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Her public speaking, writing, photography, video, and web features have been featured by a wide range of outlets, including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR.