CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Cheryl Bonacci is a compassionate consultant with 17 years of experience supporting marginalized populations along with the systems and communities evolving to change the narrative on how we see and treat them. Following an eight-year career in the entertainment industry, Cheryl left Hollywood behind for a life of community service.
Serving as a Catholic Chaplain for the Los Angeles Archdiocese Office of Restorative Justice she developed a deep compassion for our most marginalized children navigating the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. As a founding executive at The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) Cheryl developed the unique approach to reentry services that sets ARC apart. Empowering people with a system connected past, she blossomed a staff of four into twenty-six, building the foundation of the Member Services, Housing, Programming and Communications/Community Relations departments.
Cheryl has the unique ability to engage in action driven dialogues across government and community forums, changing the narrative on how we see and support our reentry population while working to remove barriers to employment, education and housing. Her strong alliance with adult and juvenile corrections and judicial representatives, Los Angeles County Supervisors, and a wide range of community and faith-based organizations is a testament to her ability to understand the issues from all angles and work cohesively toward solutions.
As an appointee for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on the Permanent Steering Committee of the Office of Diversion and Reentry, and a Board Member for the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative, and the Prison Arts Collective, Cheryl is able to lend her expertise to efforts focused on establishing sustainable change within the system while positively affecting the lives in its grasp. Her holistic perspective of the issues facing our sons and daughters returning home, coupled with the deep relationships cultivated in her years of service, offer a unique depth of knowledge and insight in her work.
Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor and co-founder of The Actors' Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama a, “Champion of Change” in 2016, and being honored with a British Empire Medal for services to the Arts & Prison Reform by Queen Elizabeth in 2018.
As former Director of The Prison Project, for thirteen years, and in partnership with students and teaching artists, she oversaw the program’s growth from one California State Prison to thirteen, as well as programs in two Reentry facilities, girls Juveniles Camps and a Correctional & Probation Officer program.
Sabra was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA in Jan 2019 and is a Bellagio Rockefeller Resident Fellow.
She is currently a member of The Independent Shakespeare Company, LA ensemble and the Executive Director of Creative Acts. www.sabrawilliamsacts.com
Andrew Nguyen received his International Relations degree from Tufts University and was honored to serve as an awarded Tisch Scholar for Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. He began his community organizing career mobilizing low-income workers and piloting a workforce development program for the formerly incarcerated in Detroit. From there, he spent 5 years with ROC United in NYC managing labor organizing campaigns, base-building & coalition initiatives, and a workforce training program for New Yorkers & returning citizens facing barriers to advancement.
His passion on issues of access, equity and empowerment has driven his campaign experience in working with social ventures - from COLORS (part restaurant, part training-facility, part worker-owned cooperative incubator and social justice space) to Artist Republic (an agency empowering disenfranchised independent recording artists and managers) and Communalife (with a mission to equip low-income disaster-prone areas in California with equitable community energy development). He is now honored to serve Creative Acts and our incarcerated individuals + families in a development capacity.