What’s Next Washington

We are formerly incarcerated individuals and allies working together to improve our ability to reintegrate into society

We believe that every person has an inherent right to dignity and the right to enjoy the benefits of full participation in society.


A society that welcomes and enables formerly incarcerated individuals to be full members without shame or discrimination.

Respects and promotes full human rights for the formerly incarcerated.       




We work to change systemic barriers to re-entry and ensure full participation in society.  Our goal is to end the marginalization of the formerly incarcerated.

Our first priority is to improve the ability of formerly incarcerated adults to reintegrate into society.




Collaboration: Partner with employers and others to expand opportunities for individuals with conviction histories.

Communications and Media: Address and reduce the bias and demeaning treatment we face.

Leadership: Develop skills among the formerly incarcerated so they can lead systems change.

      OUR TEAM      
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Susan Mason

Susan is co-founder and executive director of What's Next Washington (WNW). Susan is active in the re-entry community and sits on the Washington Voting Justice Coalition (WVJC) and the FARE Housing Coalition. She is a National Council of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Women and Girls 2019 Reimagining Communities Fellow and was a 2018 Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) Fellow. Susan has a passion for think tanks, , and building a nationwide base of support for all formerly incarcerated persons to participate and be heard.  Susan Mason was incarcerated in federal prison from 2001-2003.

Board Member

Mari Ferrer

Mari joined the board in April 2018 and currently serves as the board treasurer. She has over 25 years of finance, consulting and enterprise program leadership for JP Morgan Chase Investment Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland.  She has also led efforts to support First Tee in Connecticut, The Center for Domestic Violence and Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Mari’s family immigrated from the Philippines to avoid gang violence and political unrest.

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Board Member

David Heppard

David Heppard joined the board of WNW in February of 2019. David is the Executive Director of Freedom Project. David works on the Freedom Project's Finance Committee, Racial Equity, Social Justice Circles, and Development Teams. He builds collaborations with other organizations, coordinates marketing, and develops reentry programming. David was released after 24 years because of the 5064 Bill, a law that allowed those convicted as juveniles to petition for early release after 20 years.

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Board Member

Will Jimerson Jr.

Willard Jimerson Jr. is a prominent youth advocate, crime interventionist, and a race relation strategist working throughout Seattle and South King County. As a Program Manager at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, he oversees the national model of Credible Messengers called GROOM which stands for Gifted Regardless Of  Oppressive Methods. Will joined the board in January 2019. He was tried as an adult at 13 and served 20 years in prison.

Board Member

Zak Kinneman

Zak Kinneman is a founding board member of WNW. Zak is a business owner, an entrepreneur, and a former attorney. He is open about his incarceration and works hard to bring his voice and experience into advocating for the end of mass incarceration. Zak served four years in Washington state prisons and was released in 2007.

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Board Member

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline is senior Digital Strategist at Gates Ventures in Kirkland, WA. Jacqueline earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and an MSc in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics. In 2011, she began working at Nike’s global HQ in Beaverton before accepting a role as a digital brand lead in their Western European headquarters. She returned to Portland in 2016 to join the Asia Pacific / Latin America team, creating partnerships and campaigns with digital platforms like KakaoTalk, Line, and WhatsApp in Nike’s global south territories. Jacqueline joined the board in February 2019.

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Roz Solomon

Co-founder and Board Member

Roz Solomon

Roz is a founding board member and current board president. She practiced law and was an administrative law judge hearing employment cases, as well as teaching law as an adjunct at Seattle University for 20 years. She co-founded the Washington Business Alliance with Howard Behar and David Guiliani in 2010 and served as their executive director for three years. Roz is committed to the idea that all people deserve the dignity of inclusion and full human rights.

Board Member

Raphaela Weissman

Raphaela Weissman graduated from New York University in 2006. She currently works for the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). Raphaela's primary interest, since early childhood, has been writing. In 2017, through crowdfunding, she published her first novel, Monsters. In pursuit of her passion for activism and progressive politics, she has volunteered extensively for organizations like Social Justice Fund, TeenFeed, Kshama Sawant's campaign, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Eastside Refugee and Immigrants Coalition.

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Erin Jones
Principal, Erin Jones, LLC
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Vicki Orrico
Attorney, Johns Monroe Mitsunaga; Principal Orrico Consulting, PS
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Cary Retlin
Behavioral Health Housing Administrator WA State Dept. of Commerce
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Melody Simle
Owner, NW Roofing Associates
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Pamela Stearns
Admin. Staff Assistant King Co. Human Resources Dept.
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Faith Trimble
Founder and CEO, The Athena Group, LLC