Impact Award Recipient: Jason Flom

Jason has been a passionate advocate for the unheard for over four decades. Along his path from the mailroom of Atlantic Records to becoming the storied label’s Chairman and CEO, and from being a founding board member of the Innocence Project to his stature now as a globally recognized leader in criminal justice reform, Jason’s superpower has been his ability to hear and amplify the voices and stories that he knows the world needs to hear, too. It’s impossible to come away from a conversation with Jason without feeling inspired and able to do more good in the world.

The founder and CEO of Lava for Good and Lava Media who signed the likes of Katy Perry, Stone Temple Pilots, Lorde, and more, and a founding board member of the Innocence Project, Flom has been widely recognized for his philanthropy and his passion for criminal justice reform. Throughout Flom’s nearly 30 years in the trenches, he’s convinced presidents and governors to commute dozens of sentences, and has been responsible for preventing the execution of five innocent men.

Flom has also worked closely with policy makers, activist groups, celebrities, and other philanthropists to shine a light on the stories of those who have been wrongfully convicted and petition for their cases to be re-examined. In his Wrongful Conviction podcast, Jason has interviewed Brendan Dassey, Rodney Reed, and hundreds of others who have found themselves imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.

In 2021, he was featured in the Billboard Change Agents list of leaders who stepped up in a year of social and political turmoil. Whether championing an unknown singer to stardom, a social justice startup to prominence, or a wrongfully convicted death row inmate to freedom, Jason’s keen ear, infectious dedication, and relentless pursuit of good music and equal justice for all makes him one of the most uniquely influential and intriguing figures of our time.

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