Our Co-Founder


Director of Operations & Engagement

Deborah Daniels


Director of Operations & Engagement

Deborah Daniels is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Offender Alumni Association (OAA), a 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama and expanded to Atlanta, Georgia in 2018. Deborah’s goal was to make a significant difference in the lives of those impacted by the justice system. After her release from prison, she was the volunteer Angel Tree coordinator in Alabama. Then, in 2000, she accepted a position as Field Director of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries in Alabama and was promoted to Regional Director of the Southeast Region in 2010, the world’s largest prison ministry. On December 1, 2019, after 19 years of service, Deborah transitioned to serve as the Executive Director for the Offender Alumni Association. Her mission “is to mobilize former offenders and their families to reduce crime and violence to restore urban communities.” 

Deborah has successfully led the agency’s growth from a $30,000 budget to a multi-million-dollar agency. She was recognized by Tyler Perry in 2020 at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office ceremony “The Heroes Behind the Masks.” Deborah was also recognized as a key leader in reentry strategy by the U.S. Attorney’s office in a national ceremony in 2019 in Kansas City.

From 2010-2015, she was hired part-time by the University of Alabama’s Treatment Alternative to Street Crime (TASC) program. Deborah also developed the Community Corrections Program for Jefferson County to develop and implement a Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program. Then, in 2018, Deborah led the expansion of OAA into Georgia as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia’s Project Safe Neighborhood Strategy. This strategy supports high-risk adult offenders being released from custody into metro Atlanta areas, which Deborah believes is part of the key solution to empowering justice-impacted individuals to become active community mentors and leaders.

Two other significant accomplishments at Prison Fellowship Ministries include spearheading the nationally recognized program “Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents.” Then, through an agreement in 2009 with the Alabama Department of Corrections, she led the development of “Communities Inside Prison Dorms.” This model is still operational and replicated by other community/faith-based organizations.

OAA works to identify solutions that address barriers and challenges individuals face upon their return to society. Deborah’s strengths lie in her ability to create a clear vision, inspire teams, bring solutions to difficult issues, and create a path forward. Her educational background in electronic engineering has impacted her data-driven approach to one of our nation’s greatest problems. Deborah understands the problems surrounding reentry and provides successful solutions and outcomes.

Deborah has been married for 25 years to her long-time sweetheart, Roy Daniels. They have 3 adult daughters, who are active in business and loving mothers, and 1 son serving his country in the United States Navy. Their greatest treasure is their 14 grandkids

Contact: oaa@offenderalumni.org | 205-916-0123


Brian Gunn, President
Birmingham Planning Commission

Ralph Hendrix,
Programming Committee

UAB Community Corrections

Alford Jerome Dees, II, Esq., Member
J.D. Walker & Associates

Ron Hamner, Member
U.S Dept of Veterans Affairs

Adlai Trone, Member

"A Life That Has Purpose"

Deborah Daniels describes growing up in Birmingham, her experiences in Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women, her work with Prison Fellowship Ministries, and her plans to form an Offender Alumni Association.