Sean Pica / by Jeff Jones

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Sean Pica is the Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a not-for-profit organization that provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women to help them make a positive impact on their own lives, their families and communities. 

Since taking over leadership of Hudson Link the organization has grown from 60 students attending Mercy College at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, to over 500 students attending college preparatory and college programs in 6 New York State Correctional Facilities. Partnering with Columbia University, Columbia-Greene Community, Mercy, Nyack, Sienna, St. Thomas Aquinas, SUNY Sullivan, SUNY Ulster and Vassar Colleges, Hudson Link has awarded 534 college degrees.   In addition, Hudson Link is now actively involved in the very important work of providing re-entry support for its alumni to help them successfully transition back into their families and communities.  Before joining Hudson Link, Sean served on its Board of Directors.

Sean’s speaks from personal experience, having been convicted of a crime at 16 years old and spending the next 16 years of his life incarcerated in 9 maximum security prisons in New York State.  That experience helped to inform his career. 

He serves on the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, was a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors for the national Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, was a founding member of the New York State Consortium for Higher Education in Prison, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sing Sing Prison Museum and Career Gear.