Born, raised and educated in Cincinnati, OH, Frank Bertram has spent most of his early life living in the southern Ohio-Northern Kentucky area, except while serving in the Army in the late ‘60’s working as a Specialist 5 in missiles. Frank returned from the army to complete his doctorate in analytical chemistry and has worked primarily in the area of energy and fuels for private corporations as well as the U.S. government. His last employment saw a relocation to Ann Arbor, MI, 26 years ago where his wife and him raised their two now adult children. Upon retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Frank had opportunities to witness first hand the negative and demoralizing impact of our current retributive justice system especially on a young man of color. After reading some of Howard Zehr’s writings as well as others, Frank came to believe a more restorative approach to justice would achieve more productive and positive results and became a member of Friends of Restorative Justice of Washtenaw County, and through them, a member of Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration steering team. Frank is especially interested in changing the court system by electing prosecutors and judges with a more restorative view of justice.