Jerry Blassingame is the Founder and CEO of Soteria Community Development Corporation. He endeavors to empower individuals and the community through education, affordable housing, financial literacy, community and economic development, and entrepreneurship. His passion is assisting individuals who have been incarcerated through reentry and helping them to become productive citizens.
Jerry received a 20-year prison sentence in 1995 and only served 3 1/2 years after being paroled in 1999. He is a Social Entrepreneur who continues to fight for change in legislation since he was granted a pardon in 2004. In 2018, Jerry published his first book, Reclaimed, a memoir that details his story from tragedy to triumph.