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David Carlson

Director at Large

David Carlson is the founder and co-owner of C.C. We Adapt, a peer support and mentorship business hailing out of northwestern Wisconsin. David believed that he would never see his 30’s. He was incarcerated as a youth in Minneapolis, MN, and in the Hennepin County Homeschool for his longest juvenile incarceration. He served two tours of combat in Iraq with the Wisconsin Army National Guard as an Infantryman, and upon returning home from his second tour, dealt with significant mental health and addiction challenges. His battle with those challenges led to homelessness and adult incarceration. After serving a total of nearly 5 years in prison and jails, David returned to school and completed his undergraduate degree in English. David is currently in his 3rd year of law school at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. David was recently appointed by Governor Tony Evers to the Governor’s Council on Equity and Inclusion. David has been inspired by the innovative and creative work done by My Way Out and is proud to have the opportunity to serve on My Way Out’s Board of Directors.

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