Gilian Villatoro

Compassion Ambassador

Brief info

Gilian Villatoro is an administrator at a national non-profit organization, researcher, entrepreneur, and producer. He manages operations at Defy Ventures, a national non-profit that teaches entrepreneurship in correctional systems, and provides an incubator platform for formerly incarcerated individuals. He is currently co-authoring two academic research articles with professors from California State University Los Angeles, where his work inside the correctional system is being used as the foundation for a research pilot. He is Co-founder of S.M.A.R.T. Alliance Solutions, an online tool that helps system impacted people navigate and reintegrate back into society, and is currently working on a film project that focuses on the devastating effects of trauma, in its many forms, within the correctional system. Having experienced incarceration for over a decade, Gilian is an advocate for change and a fierce promoter of second chances.

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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Gilian Villatoro