Peggy West-Schroder is the Executive Director for FREE. Directly and Indirectly Impacted, Peggy has been affected adversely by mass incarceration since birth, having been born while her mother was incarcerated in Taycheedah Correctional Facility (TCF). Raised in Foster Care and later adopted into a loving family, Peggy graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has worked for the past 30 years in Human Services in addition to 14 years as an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors (2002 – 2018) at which she made history as the first Hispanic Person ever elected to the board.
Today Peggy is working to assure that incarcerated women across the State of WI are treated with dignity, that they feel supported, and are provided trauma-informed care. Her goal is to change the process by which babies are born within DOC, righting the wrongs faced by her mother and many other women. Peggy and her husband Tommy live in Milwaukee and are the proud parents of 6 children and 6 grandchildren.