Mark Anthony Johnson

Compassion Ambassador

Brief info

Mark Anthony Johnson is a speaker, author, certified Dream Coach, Dream Coach Group Leader Coach. He an advanced Toastmaster, Prince Hall Mason, 32-degree Shriner, Rotarian and member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Tennessee State University and master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University, Kansas City, Kansas. He retired from the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons and Sumter Correctional Institution, Bushnell Florida. He also served at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Leavenworth, Kansas, the military’s only maximum-security prison. He has worked as a correctional officer, case manager, case management coordinator, reentry coordinator, community corrections manager and unit manager. Mark is a disabled veteran having served tours Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He has given keynote and other presentations, impacting, encouraging and empowering lives in the process. He is an active mentor in YMCA, Junior Achievement, Upward Bound, Boys and Girls Club of Lake and Sumter County, the Micah Project and Department of Juvenile Justice Neighborhood Accountability Diversion Program.

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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.

Mark Anthony Johnson