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.




Collaborate with employers, housing providers, and government agencies to expand employment and housing opportunities for individuals with criminal convictions.

Use media and communications to reduce the bias and demeaning treatment people with criminal convictions face on a daily basis.

Build leaders among the formerly incarcerated and directly impacted so that they can lead the efforts to bring about system change.



      OUR TEAM      
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Susan Mason

Susan advocates for systemic policy change and the reinstatement of civil rights for people with criminal convictions. She is an ex officio board member. Susan was incarcerated in federal prison from 2002 -2003.

Board Member

Mari Ferrer

Mari joined the board in April this year 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

Board Member

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson is a founding Board Member of WNW. He enjoys spending time with his family. He is dedicated to giving those who come after him a hand up by making sure they receive a second chance. Paul served eight years in Washington state prisons.

Board Member

Zak Kinneman

Zak Kinneman is a founding board member of WNW. 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

Tina Maloney

Tina joined the board in February of this year. She has over 20 years of consulting, design, and strategy facilitation experience. For most of her career, she has led organizational and change strategy efforts. Her work has included building diversity programs, and national leadership and learning strategies for organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Chevron, Boeing, and Cisco Systems. Tina's family has been directly impacted by incarceration.

Board Member

Garnet Smith

Garnet joined the board in March of this year. He brings an international, military service, and business perspective to the board. He was born and raised in Jamaica, immigrated to the United States, and now lives in Spokane, Washington. He served in the Army from 1999 – 2002, and has an Associate’s degree in business.  Garnet was released from prison in 2014.

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Roz Solomon

Co-founder and Board Member

Roz Solomon

Roz is a founding board member and current board president of What’s Next Washington. She works across ideologies and professions on a range of social issues including prison re-entry, community relations, early learning, workplace health, and redefining prosperity and well-being. Roz has never been incarcerated.

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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