Ebony Underwood is a social entrepreneur, content creator, and founder/CEO of WE GOT US NOW, a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization amplifying the collateral consequences that children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration face. Founded in 2017, the organization has been instrumental in raising national attention to the issue of children with incarcerated parents, passing 5 pieces of legislation at the local, state and federal levels in 2021 and reunifying families separated by incarceration from all across the United States. This work is personal and pivotal for Ebony. As a daughter of an incarcerated parent, her advocacy efforts led to the compassionate release of her father after spending 33 years in federal prison with a life without parole sentence.
Ebony’s thought leadership has received numerous awards including, the Soros Justice Fellowship, ASPEN Institute Ascend Fellowship, Next Step to Justice Award, Galaxy Gives Fellow, Salute HER award, and Arizona State University Champion of Child Well Being Award. In 2022, she was a featured speaker and distinguished fellow of the 2022 ASPEN Ideas Festival.