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Sharyn Church to Lead Los Angeles Arm of Children Now

Oakland, CA—Children Now today announced Sharyn Church will head its expanding operations in greater Los Angeles. Ms. Church will focus on harnessing the broad support for children’s well-being in the region to improve public policies for kids. A veteran nonprofit leader, Ms. Church formerly served as the Deputy Director of Inner-City Arts, widely regarded as one on the nation’s most effective arts education providers to at-risk children, where she worked for 12 years.

As the Director of Children Now’s new Los Angeles office, Ms. Church will build strategic partnerships in the area to support the organization’s local- and state-level policy development and advocacy efforts for better children’s health and education outcomes. “Sharyn is a proven and well-respected leader, and we feel very fortunate to now have her experience and passion behind our crucial efforts in the Los Angeles area,” said Ted Lempert, President of Children Now. “A vast amount of support for improving kids’ health and education exists across the ideological spectrum in Los Angeles, and that’s potentially very powerful, but it’s been too fragmented to actually impact policymaking on these issues. We aim to change that with Sharyn’s help.“

Ms. Church began her career in nonprofit management as an accountant with a national firm in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, specializing in the firm’s nonprofit practice. Before joining Inner-City Arts in 2001, she worked at a variety of museums and cultural institutions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. At Inner-City Arts, Ms. Church served in several key roles including Founding Director of the Inner-City Arts - Annenberg Professional Development Program and Director of Development; she was named Deputy Director of Inner-City Arts in January 2007. Ms. Church holds a BS in Accounting and an MA in Art History and Museum Studies, both from the University of Southern California, and attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program, and the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute.

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