Who We Are

Executive Leadership

Executive Director

Jesse Vasquez

Jesse Vasquez was incarcerated as a juvenile and spent almost 19 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation until former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. Since his release in 2019, he has volunteered in various high schools to help teens understand their options and opportunities in spite of their environmental surroundings.
Jesse Vasquez

Board of Directors

President

Jon Spurlock

Jon is the founder and former Director of the Friends of San Quentin News and continues to serve as an advisor to FoSQN and its new parent organization, Pollen Initiative. Jon is a US Navy veteran and has since held various roles in business and technology management.
Jon Spurlock

Vice President

Richard "Bonaru" Richardson

Richard Bonaru Richardson was born on February 7, 1973, in East Los Angeles California. He was editor-in-chief for the San Quentin News and worked as a staff member from 2008 to 2021 and graduated from Mount Tamalpais College in 2012. Bonaru is now a staff member at Mount Tamalpais College.
Richard "Bonaru" Richardson

Secretary

Amanda Weitman

Amanda has been in the financial services industry for 40 years primarily in Wealth Management. She has a passion for the philanthropic sector. She is currently in a Doctoral program at the Lilly Family School focusing on the impact that non-profit programs inside and outside of prison have on recidivism rates.
Amanda Weitman

Treasurer

Gregg Smith

After graduating UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Accounting, Gregg went to work in SF for the Big 8 CPA firm of Ernst & Ernst. In 1986 Gregg’s interest in financial planning lead him to Investment Advisory as well as public accounting.
Gregg Smith

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