Sunny Schwartz

Founder, Board Secretary

Sunny Schwartz is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform who has devoted her three decade career to changing traditional incarceration and reentry from idle wasted time to integrating programs designed to foster accountability, victim empathy and restoration for all impacted by crime. Under the leadership of Sheriff Michael Hennessey, Sunny founded Five Keys Charter School in 2003, the first in the nation Charter High School for incarcerated and post release adults. Sunny is the author of the best-selling book, Dreams From The Monster Factory, a personal memoir that includes the creation of Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), an internationally recognized award-winning program and the first restorative justice program in San Francisco that brings together victims, offenders and our community in an effort to heal the harm caused by violence and other crimes. Both RSVP and Five Keys won the prestigious “Innovations in America Government Award,” sponsored by Harvard‘’s Kennedy School of Government and the Ash Institute. Sunny, RSVP and the Five Keys initiatives have been featured on national and international television including the Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS, Larry King Live, and numerous national and international radio and publications.