Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox

From Trap House to White House: Pastor Tony Lowden’s Journey to Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Podcasts Feb 28, 2023

In this special episode to honor the end of Black History Month, Pastor Tony Lowden shares his incredible journey from growing up in a “trap house” in North Philadelphia to becoming President Jimmy Carter’s pastor. As the Vice President of Reintegration and Community Engagement at ViaPath Technologies and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, rehabilitation, and reentry programs, Tony is committed to helping people nationwide rebuild their lives after being released and highlights the importance of taking action to help others.

In this episode, Tony shares his vision for building infrastructure to support communities in need, stories about his relationship with our nation’s oldest living president and the legacy he is leaving though his testimony and his work, impacting countless underserved individuals and communities across the United States.


Jackie Ferguson

Jackie (she/her) is a Certified Diversity Executive and vice president of Content and Programming for The Diversity Movement. She wrote the best-seller The Inclusive Language Handbook.