Ismael Nazario is a formerly incarcerated prison reform, social justice and human rights advocate. He currently works as a database systems analyst for the Fortune Society, where he initially worked within the I-CAN (Individualized Correction Achievement Network) program, helping those at high risk for recidivism from Rikers reintegrate into society after their release. Before his work at the Fortune Society, Ismael worked at the Center for Community Alternatives, dealing with court-involved youth. He became passionate about helping young people and was inspired to stand up for these disenfranchised voices. Ismael has worked with numerous advocacy projects such as the Raise the Age campaign, Banning Solitary Confinement, and Rikers Reform. In 2015, he was recognized for his contributions and received the Peabody Award for Community Activism. Through his firsthand experience within the criminal justice system, Ismael focuses his work on numerous social justice and human rights injustices, not only to shed light on these issues, but to encourage others to take action and become a part of the solution.