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For Immediate Release

HOPE for Prisoners, Inc. in Las Vegas, NV continues their high speed community impact with the addition of Brightline West President to the Board of Directors.

HOPE for Prisoners
Contact: 702-292-3360 or

Monday, August 21, 2023

LAS VEGAS, NV — HOPE for Prisoners is pleased to announce the recent, unanimous election of Mrs. Sarah Watterson, President of Brightline West to their Board of Directors.  Sarah will serve as a Director on the Board of the nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, NV that provides comprehensive reentry services to formerly incarcerated populations.

Sarah Watterson is responsible for all aspects of development and delivery of a high-speed rail system connecting Southern California and Las Vegas. She has a strong background in large scale infrastructure projects, including the acquisition and restructuring of the Milwaukee Bucks and developing the 725,000 SF Fiserv Forum.

Ms. Watterson also serves as the Head of Development at Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline West’s parent company, where she has been responsible for the development and asset management of a 10+ million square foot industrial and transit-oriented real estate development portfolio.

Sarah states “I have always been passionate about creating opportunities for individuals and families to earn a better quality of life.  I am excited to join the HOPE for Prisoners team working on this mission, and to build on the solid foundation of growth and impact already achieved by Jon and the Board”.

Prior to Florida East Coast Industries, Ms. Watterson served as CEO of Drive Shack, was a Managing Director for Fortress Investment Group, and started her career at Goldman Sachs. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management.

“We are so honored to have Sarah joining our Board of Directors.  We have had the opportunity to meet with her, hear her vision and experience the genuine heart to serve that she is bringing to Southern Nevada.  Her extraordinary experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our organization.” says HOPE for Prisoners CEO, Jon Ponder.



About HOPE for Prisoners: Operating since 2010, HOPE for Prisoners is a nonprofit in Las Vegas, NV that facilitates comprehensive reentry and reintegration services to men, women, and young adults exiting various segments of the judicial system. The vision of HOPE for Prisoners is to empower and equip men, women, and young adults to successfully reenter and effectively function in mainstream society. 

HOPE’s success is the result of its long-term commitment and relationship with various community partners, including local law enforcement and criminal justice entities.