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Our Founder

Leonora Walker

Chief Executive Officer


Leonora "Light" Walker, a beacon of hope and transformative force, has journeyed from incarceration to becoming an inspiring figure in societal change. 

Over the course of more than 9 years, Leonora has transcended the shackles of incarceration and addiction, emerging not only as a symbol of resilience but as a dynamic force for societal transformation.

Leonora's transformative path began with her release from imprisonment, a moment that marked the commencement of an extraordinary chapter in her life. Through a fervent commitment to education, personal healing, and an unshakable faith in God, Leonora discovered that her past did not need to dictate a negative future. Instead, she harnessed the power of her lived experiences to become an advocate for those navigating the complex web of the justice system, offering a guiding light of hope amidst seemingly insurmountable challenges.

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FREED Texas, a holistic 501c3 nonprofit established in 2019, Leonora has created a haven for the formerly incarcerated and their families. FREED, an acronym for Finish Recidivism through Education, Employment, and Divinity, stands as a testament to Leonora's commitment to breaking the cycle of recidivism by providing comprehensive support. Education, peer mentoring, life coaching, civics, and spiritual guidance form the pillars of this foundation, ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of a brighter future.

Beyond the realms of FREED Texas, Leonora has actively collaborated with organizations such as the San Antonio Council of Alcohol and Awareness and the San Antonio Center for Healthcare Services. Her involvement extends to supporting individuals grappling with homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, and the challenges of re-entry into society after incarceration.

Leonora's passion for social justice and commitment to positive impact have garnered recognition from her peers and the communities she serves. As a Nationally Designated Peer Support Specialist, she has held esteemed positions, including Vice President of the National Society Leadership & Success and participation in the Notley Change Makers Fellowship in 2023.

Her dedication to making a difference is further evident in her roles on the Child Welfare Board and the Oversight Board for the Public Defender's Office in Bexar County, TX. As an active member of the Bexar County Re-entry Board, Leonora continues to inspire through speaking engagements at prestigious institutions and events, fostering dialogue on education, career opportunities, and community engagement.

In addition to her impactful roles, Leonora is a media personality, hosting the podcast FREEDIZIM 101 on KROV FM radio. Through engaging discussions, she reaches a broader audience, sharing insights, experiences, and expertise that inspire listeners towards personal growth and positive change.

Leonora "Light" Walker's journey is a testament to unwavering commitment, multifaceted expertise, leadership, and a heart for service. In her pursuit of making a difference, she remains a beacon of hope and an agent of change, contributing to the betterment of society and inspiring others to follow suit.

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