The team at the heart of Level

Level envisions a world in which all people in prison have access to accessible, high quality job training and educational content. To accomplish this, our team applies creativity, collaboration, experience and out-of-the-box thinking.

Demetrius James, Content Creator, Board Member at Level

Demetrius James

Content Creator, Board Member

Demetrius never loses the forest for the trees or the people for the project. He was a Writing Fellow with the Bard Prison Initiative from 2013 to 2020 and an Academic Instructor for Rising Hope from 2019 to 2020. He received a BA in Literature in the Humanities from Bard College in 2017 and an MPS in Urban Ministries and Leadership from the New York Theological Seminary in 2018.

Kate Mullan, Director of Content, Board Member at Level

Kate Mullan

Director of Content, Board Member

Kate focuses on providing a responsive and consistent learning experience across subject areas. She currently creates consumer education material for a federal agency, and has taught and written curriculum in high school math, GED prep, and English as a Second Language. She received a MS in Statistics from Texas A&M in 2016.

Michael Pledger, Content Creator at Level

Michael Pledger

Content Creator

Michael excels at making complex topics accessible and digestible. He has tutored math, science, and writing for several years, and facilitated anger control classes. He received an AA from Bard Prison Initiative in 2019 and his BA in Mathematics from Bard College in 2021.

Suzi Sosa, Board President at Level

Suzi Sosa

Board President

Suzi is a social entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Verb, an online lifelong learning platform. Suzi won the 2014 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and formerly led the Social Entrepreneurship program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Alex Wright, Executive Director, Board Member at Level

Alex Wright

Executive Director, Board Member

Alex Wright has spent the past 7 years reading thousands of letters from people in prison describing their education needs. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, a board member with Inside Books Project, one of the country’s largest prison literacy programs, and a member of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education's Prison Literacy committee.