Sharyn Church is Arabella Advisors’ Los Angeles-based managing director. She leads the firm’s work with philanthropists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs across a broad range of issues—from education to health care to the environment to social justice. Sharyn is particularly interested in advancing juvenile justice reform and tackling gender inequality.
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.
In addition, Sharyn has served on several city and county policy councils focused on early childhood, trauma-informed systems, and the arts. She was appointed as a member of the California state superintendent’s statewide Arts Education Task Force, and she currently serves on the boards of P.S. ARTS, a nonprofit committed to making the arts a civil right in underserved public schools, and Our Children LA, a nonprofit focused on leveraging technology to support the needs of homeless 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.