Ebony Underwood is the founder/CEO of WE GOT US NOW, a social entrepreneur, content creator, activist and Soros Justice Fellow at the forefront of reform initiatives supporting children of incarcerated parents. Ebony‘s interest in this advocacy work is personal and pivotal. As a daughter of an incarcerated parent, Ebony was traumatized by her father’s incarceration, silently suffering for years.
In 2014, Ebony began to speak publicly and share her story through film, television and social media advocacy. She has directed and produced the video, Open Plea to the President; created the digital campaign, website and documentary short, Hope for Father’s Day about her family's ordeal and published op-ed articles in Huffington Post, Vibe and .Mic.
Since 2016, Ebony has spearheaded and produced the Google-initiated digital Love Letters campaign to demonstrate the unbreakable bond between an incarcerated parent and their child on Mother's Day and Father's Day. In 2017, she received a Proclamation from the City of NY for her advocacy work highlighting the issue of children with incarcerated parents. In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors of the Sentencing Project and is featured in the #EndLifeImprisonment campaign.
Ebony is a herald voice championing for the millions of children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration speaking nationally including Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School, American Law School, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, Sing Sing State Correctional facility, Google, YouTube and and has been invited to the White House several times on their behalf. Her advocacy work has expanded into a nonprofit, WE GOT US NOW, built by, led by and about children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration - #WEGOTUSNOW.