Defy – Washington

Defy Ventures was founded in 2010 in New York City and continues to make a significant impact on currently and formerly incarcerated people across America. Defy Washington State is our newest affiliate partner and launched in October 2018 at Monroe Correctional Facility.

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Meet the Local Team

Leo Novsky, Executive Director

Leo’s passion for underdogs stems from his experience immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union at the age of 12. A serial entrepreneur, Leo has volunteered in prison since 2013. In 2017, he started an entrepreneurship training program at Monroe and soon after learned about Defy Ventures. After a transformational experience at a Defy Business Pitch Competition in Southern California, Leo has been working tirelessly to bring Defy to Washington State. Leo has over 15 years of experience in communications, training, marketing, and business development. His educational background includes a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

Ann Demarrais, Prison Project Manager

Candace Frank, Creative Director


Where We Serve

Monroe Correctional Complex: Monroe Correctional Complex was built in 1910 and can house up to 2,400 men.


How to Get Involved 

Contact Leo Novsky at [email protected].

Check out a list of our upcoming events here.


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