Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Rev. Greg Boyle

Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy employs and trains former gang members and felons in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 10,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. Fr. Boyle was the 2017 Rawson Distinguished Visitor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and the 2016 visiting Kenan Practitioner in Residence with Religions and Public Life at Duke University. He received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation. In 2014, the White House named him a Champion of Change. Fr. Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He is the author of the New York Times-bestseller "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion."


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