Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries
– The LOHM – whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and
girls transition back into society through resources and access to high-quality
education, entrepreneurship, spiritual empowerment, advocacy and housing. She is
also the co-founder of Hope House NYC - a safe housing space for women and
girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership and is now
the first formerly incarcerated person on the board of The Marshall Project.
She is a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from
Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Probation and
Parole Accountability, a 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member, 2018
Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute Fellow, Director of #Dignity Campaign
for #cut50, Host of “The Topeka K. Sam Show” on SiriusXM UrbanView Channel 126
Sundays 9am est., and has recently signed a development deal as Executive
Producer for a scripted and unscripted series inspired by her fight to change the
many problems that plague female incarceration with 44 Blue Productions.
Topeka has been featured in Vogue, SalonTV, Vice, New York Times. She has been
featured in Glamour Magazine and Black Enterprise for being “The Black Woman
behind the video that led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson.” She has spoken
at the 2018 United States of the Woman Conference, 2018 Women in the World
Conference, 2018 White House Prison Reform Summit and is a TedxMidAtlantic
She has worked and continues to work selflessly and relentlessly in her fight for the
dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls. Topeka has
accomplished this and more since her release from Federal Prison May 2015.