From Prison to Tech: Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal to Speak at Contra Costa County


 Courtesy of The Richmond Standard

The fascinating Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal, who went from a life prison sentence to becoming manager of campus services at RocketSpace, a technology campus in San Francisco, is set to speak at a Richmond Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday, March 29.

Leal will deliver remarks during the West Contra Costa Breakfast Business Gathering at Contra Costa College’s Fireside Building, 2600 Mission Bell Drive in San Pablo. The event runs from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. He’ll have a lot to say.

As his Huffington Post feature details, Leal was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 and was once known as inmate H10983. He was released, however, after California’s 3-strikes law was changed in 2012.

While many longterm inmates struggle to adjust to life outside of prison, Leal did not. Fourteen days after his release in July 3, 2013, he began his internship at RocketSpace, where he was promoted to manager of Campus Services the following year. How he did it? Through The Last Mile, a six-month business and entrepreneurship program that he helped found in 2010 with Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti.

Leal will discuss his inspirational experience from prison to technology during the March 26 Breakfast Business Gathering, which is free and sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Contra Costa College Foundation. During the event, the Contra Costa College Business Club will also share their ideas. For more information, visit


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