Executive Director, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform, Executive Director of ARC, Creative Director of Inside The Cell, LLC., and author of the acclaimed Writing My Wrongs: Life,
Death and Redemption in an American Prison, which debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List in 2016.
Shaka is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a former Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. Shaka’s 2014 TED Talk was featured in their “Year in Ideas” roundup, a curated collection of the years most powerful TED Talks and has over 1.5 million views.
Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award, the 2016 FORD Man of Courage Award, and the 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award. He was recently recognized by OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them and encouraging others to do the same. Shaka is a 2016 Ebony Magazine Power 100 Honoree.
He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world. Shaka was selected as one of 24 icons being featured in the upcoming Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service entitled, Men of Change debuting in the Spring of 2019 at The California American Museum in Los Angeles.