Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III


While developing leadership roles for employers is critical to running an effective organization, building a bridge for those who have directly lived experiences regarding its mission is critical. Bringing back community members you have served to your organization is highly recommended and essential. This capstone research report will focus on building a leadership pipeline for formerly incarcerated individuals within the nonprofit sector. Returning community members can often be tokenized and are never given the tools and resources to develop as a leader. This report will outline the barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face while providing a foundation on the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and cultivating an inclusive leadership style within organizations. This research aims for nonprofits to invest and develop a more inclusive hiring process and build a leadership pipeline for returning community members. With the data collected, the research examines and offers three recommendations based on the needs and voices of returning community members.