PIVOT’s leadership team members are passionate allies for women reentering society after incarceration. They support and elevate returning citizen leaders by assisting with the process, project management, tracking and organizational details of creating a lasting and high-impact organization.
PIVOT was born through the chance meeting of Bridget Nistico and Emily Thompson at a Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab (SIL) event.
Bridget, a 9-year veteran of Alcoholics Anonymous, had worked as a mentor and coach for women with criminal backgrounds. She had recently developed a job readiness program for a women’s transitional home in Alexandria, VA, and had just moved to Baltimore with the vision to start a program here where the need is so great.
Emily’s background in operations, project and brand management at nonprofits including Catholic Charities of Baltimore and Benevolent Baskets provided her with a deep understanding of the realities that impact mission-based organizations — and how to overcome them.
Their values, skills, vision and personal commitment aligned perfectly – pairing Bridget’s visionary leadership and lived experience with Emily’s operational and behind-the-scenes management skill set.
PIVOT was selected as one of 10 ventures in the 2018 SIL cohort, an incredible catalyst, allowing us to conduct extensive research and build our service offering, partnerships and pilot program.