Founder & CEO

Drive Change

Focus Area: Criminal Justice and Job Training

Prior to launching Drive Change in 2014, Founder and CEO Jordyn Lexton spent three years teaching English on Riker’s Island. Jordyn also worked for CASES and the Center for Employment Opportunities, as well as Governor Cuomo’s Work for Success program. Jordyn was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan and a master’s in education from Pace.

Drive Change helps formerly incarcerated young citizens learn the tools to succeed in the food service industry through a paid-fellowship for returning citizens between the ages of 18 and 25. Fellows practice their skills on the Drive Change food truck, providing healthy meals to food-insecure communities. After the fellowship, trainees are placed in jobs at food businesses that are committed to supportive and equitable workplace cultures.