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Elena Sigman
Most Creative People 2019

Elena Sigman

Director of collaborative learning, John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Prison Reentry Institute | New York, NY

For easing reentry after prison
Most Creative People

Elena Sigman is no stranger to the challenges that involvement in the criminal justice system creates for people. In 2011, she joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute—an initiative hosted at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to connect returning citizens to career opportunities and support. Prior to that, Sigman worked with the NYC Justice Corps and the Women’s Prison Association, among other nonprofit initiatives. Now, at PRI, she’s heading up Tech 101: a first-of-its-kind initiative to teach formerly incarcerated people the basics of technology. To build out the course, she’s worked closely with PRI’s team of educators and staff, as well as people who have experienced incarceration, to understand their greatest technology needs and how a course could meet them where they are in their understanding of technology. This year, Sigman is focused on extending Tech 101 while also introducing a new module specifically to train people in the technology that underpins work in the human services sector.

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