Meet The Arabella Team

Sharyn Church

Managing Director

Sharyn Church is a managing director based in Los Angeles, where she leads the firm’s West Coast families and individual practice. In this capacity, she engages with a range of clients on strategy, impact investing, grant design and implementation, evaluation, and related projects. She works across a broad range of issues—including the arts, education, the environment, social justice and economic mobility.

A seasoned executive in social impact, Sharyn has more than 20 years of management and cross-sector experience leading nonprofits and businesses in implementing policies, programs, and partnerships to improve educational, economic, social, and health outcomes for vulnerable communities. A determined advocate, she has established pioneering stewardship and partnership programs for nonprofits, government agencies, large corporations, large philanthropies, and donors of color.

Sharyn has led and managed the successful launch and growth 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. Sharyn also served as the founding Southern California director of Children Now, helping the organization achieve statewide prominence in its effort to transform advocacy and policymaking to improve children’s health and wellbeing. In that role, she led the strategic growth of the organization in the region and advocated to change public policy and shift investments to support better outcomes for California’s children and youth.

A native Angelino, Sharyn 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 at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Sharyn serves as a trustee on national and local organizations with a focus on the arts and economic mobility.

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