Shawn Ginwright is a leading expert on African American youth, youth activism and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda, Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart,” and the founder of Leadership Excellence Inc., a youth development agency that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. He received the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award for his research and work with urban youth.