FWD.us Education Fund

About FWD.us Education Fund

The FWD.us Education Fund is a bipartisan organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to educate the American public about the impact of the failed immigration and criminal justice systems and empower and support directly impacted communities.

About Our Criminal Justice Work

America’s criminal justice system locks up too many people for too long, preventing millions of Americans from reaching their full potential. Rather than doubling down on a system of mass incarceration that has long kept families apart without improving public safety, we can adopt commonsense reforms that safely lower the jail and prison population, reduce misdemeanor and felony convictions, and create opportunities for the tens of millions of people that have been incarcerated or convicted of a crime. FWD.us Education Fund develops and distributes research, policy analysis, and storytelling to better define the problems plaguing our criminal justice system and the solutions that can safely expand freedom and opportunity.


Our People First business outreach program also works with HR and business executives to develop best practices for employing people impacted by the incarceration crisis.

Criminal Justice Core Projects and Some Highlights

Arizona's Imprisonment Crisis: The High Price of Prison Growth


Despite overwhelming evidence that states can safely reduce crime and incarceration through commonsense reforms, Arizona continues to be a national outlier with high imprisonment rates and corrections spending. This three-part report series is based on individual-level state data of people admitted to Arizona prisons. It examines the many devastating consequences of Arizona’s imprisonment crisis.

Advancing Public Safety and Moving Justice Forward


Safety and justice go hand in hand. This report examines the many evidence-based solutions to crime and gun violence.

EverySecond: The Impact of the Incarceration Crisis on America’s Families


This seminal research from FWD.us and Cornell University counts for the first time the number of Americans with direct family members who are currently or formerly incarcerated.

People First: The Use and Impact of Criminal Justice Labels in Media Coverage


This important public opinion research proves that the dehumanizing labels like “inmate,” “felon,” and “convict” used by media and others to describe people in the criminal justice system are not neutral descriptors but biasing ones.

Turning the Page: Oklahoma's Criminal Justice Story


This expansive qualitative and quantitative studies the impact of five years of historic criminal justice reforms in Oklahoma as well as the ongoing drivers of the state’s still stubbornly high incarceration rates.

We All Pay: Mississippi’s Harmful Habitual Laws


Read our report on Mississippi’s long sentences that do not keep communities safe and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

About Our Immigration Work

Immigrants and immigration have long been a source of strength for our nation. New arrivals to the U.S. help drive business creation, fuel innovation, strengthen communities, and bolster the middle class. Smart immigration policy grows the economy, helps Americans, and helps keep families together. We will all be best served by an immigration system that upholds the best of our values -- one built on orderly, safe and human lawful pathways that allow people to thrive once they come to the US -- and that provides immigrants here today rights, dignity and opportunities, center on a pathway to citizenship. We focus on educating core constituencies around these priorities and working alongside partners across the country and from so many walks of life in this effort. This also extends to work to directly empower and inform immigrant communities.

Immigration Core Projects and Some Highlights

Informed Immigrant


Informed Immigrant connects the undocumented immigrant community and service providers with the information and resources they need to become empowered in our current political environment.

I Stand With Immigrants: Moving the Culture, Shaping Our Future


The following report looks at the impact of cultural strategy within the immigrant rights space, particularly how it helped shift public sentiment toward immigrants and sustain immigrant protections, even amidst political turmoil.

National Dignity for Families Fund


Housed as the FWD.us Education Fund, The National Dignity for Families Fund (DFF) aims to restore the dignity of people and families seeking safety in the United States.

Parole Policy for Americas Effectively Manages Migration


New FWD.us survey data show immigrants admitted through parole are economically self-sufficient, filling labor shortages, and dispersed across the U.S.

Quantitative Research - Example: Immigration Can Reverse Rural Population Decline


The majority of rural counties have fewer working-age people than 20 years ago. As populations decline and economies shrink, rural communities have to get by with fewer services and fewer resources. But in several counties, increased immigration by just a couple of hundred people each year has erased population losses.

Informed Immigrant: Temporary Protected Status Guide


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary U.S. immigration status established by a bipartisan act of Congress and granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to eligible residents of countries undergoing an environmental disaster, armed conflict, or extreme conditions.

Guides and Resources for Employers

How To Be A Good Employer to Team Members Directly Impacted by the Criminal Justice System


Concrete ways employers can support their justice impacted staff and team members employees, interns and contractors and with #PeopleFirst policies

Educating Employers on How to Be a Pro-Immigrant Workplace


In a time of uncertainty for employees, interns, and contractors with DACA, here are some concrete ways employers can help support their impacted staff.

Board Members

Candice C. Jones
Board Member
FWD.us Education Fund
President & CEO, Public Welfare Foundation
Andrew Pincus
Board Member
FWD.us Education Fund, FWD.us
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
David Plouffe
Board Chair
FWD.us Education Fund, FWD.us
Policy Strategist in Residence, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Lorella Praeli
Board Member
FWD.us, FWD.us Education Fund
Co-President, Community Change and Community Change Action
Jordan Fox
Board Member
FWD.us Education Fund, FWD.us
Chief of Staff, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative