Marilynn B. Winn
Marilynn B. Winn is the Founder and Executive Director of RTCOI, a grassroots organization aimed at reducing recidivism through the power of education. Currently she is also the Co-Founder and Director of Women On The Rise and a Board member of First Step staffing. More importantly, she is a dedicated mother and untiring worker who has reconstructed her life following post incarceration and is determined to be a voice of reason and positive change for the future.
In 2011, as a volunteer member of 9 to5 Atlanta and Co-Chair of Board of Directors, she was Lead Organizer for 9 to 5’s initiative to “Ban the Box.” Members of 9 to 5 and Women on the Rise were responsible for” banning the box”: removing questions related to prior felony convictions, in the City of Atlanta. Atlanta made history by being the first city in the south to ban the box on their employment applications. Cities and counties in Georgia that followed was East Point, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Liberty County, Chatham County and Dougherty County. As a results of her continuing efforts, Georgia Governor, Nathan deal, made an Executive Order to "Ban The Box" in 2015 for the State of Georgia.
In 2013 Marilynn received the Lilly Ledbetter Award from 9to5 Atlanta Working Women for initiating the Ban the Box Campaign in Georgia. The award also recognized her for working to end employment discrimination for people with prior convictions. in addition, the award lauded and recognized her efforts to end mass-incarceration.
In 2014 Marilynn received a letter of recognition from former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Roselynn Carter for her work to end employment discrimination for people with prior convictions and end mass-criminalization in Georgia. An eventful 2014 also saw Marilynn receiving the Inspire Award from First Step Staffing for her achievements in Community Activism. She later became a Board Member of First Step Staffing, a Non-Profit organization geared to providing work opportunities for formerly incarcerated and disadvantaged persons.
Spearheading the Georgia Chapter and working with other national organizations, Marilynn delivered over 130.000 signed petitions to the White House. As a result, President Obama issued an Executive Order to ban the box on federal applications on November 2, 2015.
On May 18, 2016 Marilynn was nominated to attend the United State of Women summit hosted by the White House on June 14th. The notification notice noted “the ways in which you strive to make the world a more gender equitable place. During this period she also completed a Fellowship with JustLeaderUSA.
Working through her initiative with Women On The Rise, Marilynn, RJAC, City Councilor Kwanza Hall and allied organizations, Marilynn was an instrumental figure in getting the "Pre Arrest Diversion" program passed by the Atlanta City Council on 12/2/2016. Aimed at reducing the arrest of non violent perpetrators by providing mental health, housing, mentorship and legal assistance the PAD program was officially launched in the Summer of 2017.