Board of Advisors
Robert Hood is a nationally recognized correctional professional with over 40 years in local, state, and federal criminal justice experience. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as warden of the nation’s most secure institution – the United States Administrative “Supermax” Penitentiary in Colorado. During Mr. Hood’s tenure with the BOP, he was warden of three major correctional institutions, Chief of Internal Affairs, and Assistant Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Previously he worked for the New Jersey and Texas Department of Corrections and was the National Security Specialist for GE Homeland Protection. Security Magazine identified Mr. Hood as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry,” and CBS aired a “60 Minutes” special on his ability to effectively manage the most secured prison in America.
Margot Plotz-Rodriguez is the director of development for the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), an education, non-profit organization, where she leads the vision and strategic direction for the development and fundraising programs. She also served as the development director for McREL International, an education research organization, and an academic policy officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
James Schultz retired as division vice-president of Performance Development for Walgreens Corporation and now specializes in human capital strategy development. He was President of the Illinois Occupational Skills Standards and Credentialing Committee and serves on the board of the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management where he coordinates workforce development activities.
Marcus Weaver is the co-founder/director of Legacy Grace Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit designed to start social enterprises and provide low-cost transitional housing and job training/placement for people in the Denver metro area. He is a mayoral appointed tenured board member on the Workforce Investment Board, where he is influential providing oversight and guidance on workforce investment initiatives centered on marginalized populations in Denver. Marcus is a national speaker/author, local volunteer, and a passionate community leader serving on several community boards that work to move people to self sufficiency. When he was younger, Marcus was incarcerated in jail and prison for a nonviolent crime.
Rev. Tina Yankee was executive director of Turnabout for fourteen years, a faith-based nonprofit that annually assisted thousands of people leaving incarceration with preparing for and finding employment. Rev. Yankee currently serves as the Director of Programs and Development for the Colorado Council of Churches and chairs the Criminal Justice Task Force. Additionally, since 1999 Tina provides religious services at Denver County Jail and other religious leadership. Her favorite saint is St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes.