SHARYN CHURCH is the Los Angeles-based managing director of Arabella Advisors. Sharyn leads the firm’s work with philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs across a broad range of issues including education, healthcare, environment and social justice, with a special interest in juvenile justice reform and gender equality.
A seasoned executive in social impact, Sharyn has more than 20 years’ management, implementing cross-sector policies, programs and partnerships to improve educational, economic, social, and health outcomes for vulnerable communities. She has established pioneering stewardship and partnership programs involving non-profits, government agencies, large corporations, large philanthropies and donors of color.
Sharyn has led and managed the successful build-out of several nonprofits; including overseeing the construction and re-branding of the renowned LA-based arts center Inner-City Arts, which received the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.
As the Founding Director of Children Now, Sharyn helped the organization achieve statewide prominence in the effort to transform advocacy and policymaking in service to improved child health and wellbeing, shifting investments to support better outcomes.
In addition, Church has served on several city and county policy councils, focused on the issues of early childhood; trauma-informed systems; and the arts. She was appointed as a member of the CA State Superintendent’s statewide Arts Education Task Force, and currently serves on the boards of P.S. Arts, a nonprofit committed to making the arts a civil right in public schools and Our Community LA, a nonprofit focused on leveraging technology to support the needs of homeless youth.
A native Angelino, Church earned a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. She also completed the Executive Education Program, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.