Founder of Reinventing Reentry
Sue Ellen Allen is a speaker, author and activist. As a former inmate, she founded Reinventing Reentry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and reshaping our society’s perception of former inmates so they may successfully reintegrate and be given a fair chance for employment, housing, education and volunteer opportunities.
In 2016, Sue Ellen was honored to be a representative for criminal justice as one of twenty-three guests of the First Lady in her box at President Obama’s final State of the Union address. Her experience in prison, her dedication to make a difference, and her trip to the White House serve as powerful examples of hope to inmates that they too can have a voice in their communities.
An inspiring, sought-after speaker, Sue Ellen’s many audiences include the White House, the National Press Club, the United State of Women, UC Irvine Law School, PayPal, Thunderbird School of Global Management, TEDx, Dave’s Killer Bread and Columbia University.
During her seven years in prison she battled advanced breast cancer and watched her young cellmate die of medical neglect. The Slumber Party from Hell, her memoir about prison life, is a leader in addressing the price America pays as the world’s Incarceration Nation, both in tax dollars and in our humanity.