Our mission is to keep people out of jail who shouldn’t be there.

Our Story

Eli and Jacob founded Uptrust when they saw how many people were in jail pretrial because they couldn’t afford bail – people still innocent in the eyes of the law. Underpinning high amounts of bail was often perceived “flight risk”. But after researching, it became clear that FLIGHT RISK IS A MYTH for the vast majority of defendants. People missed court because they didn’t get a reminder, had transportation issues, or were afraid. People had real challenges and needed help and Uptrust could provide a solution.



Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder


Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder


Technical Program Manager


Senior Implementation Engineer


Chief of Staff

Tess Wissell


Partner Success Specialist

Community Supervision Advisory Board

Adjunct Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Former Acting Commissioner, Massachusetts State Probation

Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform Consultant and President of JustSolve, Inc.

Former Chief of Probation, Santa Cruz County CA 

Senior Associate, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Uptrust

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Uptrust

CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Senior Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School
Trustee, Kresge Foundation

Chief Public Defender, Nashville


Founder & Executive Director of the Choosing Justice Initiative

Funders & Supporters