Anti-Recidivism Coalition Announces Shaka Senghor as Executive Director

Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s Board and staff are thrilled to announce Shaka Senghor as its new Executive Director. ARC worked with Koya Leadership Partners on the search for the organization’s new Executive Director, with guidance from the Board of Directors and the leadership of the organization’s transitioning founder, Scott Budnick.

Koya worked closely with the Board in gathering valuable insight and direction from its staff and formerly incarcerated members to find a candidate who is committed to ARC’s values of redemption, social justice, and empowerment of system-connected individuals.

Shaka is a gifted artist, a passionate leader, and a strategic advocate for criminal justice reform, grounded in his own experience of having spent nineteen years in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

A recognized thought leader guiding reform and conversation on the U.S. prison System, he has shared his story, both in his New York Times best-selling memoir “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison” and in news articles, television pieces, and lectures around the world, including through TED Talks and Google Zeitgeist.

Formerly the Director of Strategy and Innovation at partner #cut50, Shaka has helped lead several successful criminal justice reform campaigns to reduce the prison population and improve community health. Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Rev. Cecil Williams Legacy Award, 20

16 EBONY Power100, 2016 Ford Man of Courage, 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year, and 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as a Soul Igniter in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100.

Shaka was a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project. He is a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow alumnus, and former Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.

Read the full press release here.