Join us for the City Wide Unity Prayer Breakfast. Keynote Speaker Jon D Ponder from Hope For Prisoners. Jon D. Ponder is the founder and CEO of HOPE for Prisoners, Inc. Mr. Ponder was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada Sentencing Commission in 2017 and was appointed to the Governor’s Reentry Taskforce and the US Commission on Civil Rights Nevada State Advisory Committee in 2016. He serves as a Commissioner of the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education.
He serves as an ordained chaplain with Chaplaincy Nevada. He oversees all aspects of the programs and services provided by HOPE for Prisoners, including a comprehensive array of program components designed to assist individuals to successfully reintegrate into society. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic planning for the organization and is extremely passionate about the value of mentoring persons coming out of correctional settings. Mr. Ponder’s personal experience with the judicial system gives him the expertise to provide training for offender populations in correctional settings as he has for 15 years. In 2020, Jon was granted a pardon from the State of Nevada as well as a full Presidential pardon.
His personal life experiences uniquely equip him to provide guidance, direction, and motivation for individuals attempting to navigate the challenges they face during the reintegration process. His genuine heart and engaging manner have helped countless people become the best versions of themselves. Jon works tirelessly to reach as many former offenders, community leaders, and partners as he can. He is often invited to be a motivational or keynote speaker and consults with law enforcement agencies and community partners across the country who are working to export the HOPE for Prisoners model to their jurisdiction.