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Homeboy Industries, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of men and women formerly involved in gang activity, announced Wednesday that Jane Fonda has been appointed as a board member.
“It’s an honor to join the Homeboy board and take on a role that will allow me to bring more awareness to an organization that has meant a great deal to me for a long while,” Fonda said in a statement speaking about the role. “Being part of this community brings me great joy and I intend to share the joy. It’s an important time for work in social justice and looking toward building inclusiveness and pathways to successful re-entry. Homeboy Industries has helped lead this work for over 30 years and I am glad to be aligned in their efforts serving in this new role.”
Homeboy Industries’ CEO Thomas Vozzo added: “Jane Fonda’s career as an activist and fundraiser is nearly as celebrated as her storied acting career. Her deep commitment to causes she cares about is unparalleled and we couldn’t be more honored that she has chosen to work with us. Her unique perspective and experience will be enormously impactful as we celebrate this important milestone for Homeboy and look to the future.”
In addition to Fonda’s appointment, Pernille Lopez has stepped up to the leadership position of board chair after serving on the board since 2016. “This is an organization that genuinely believes in the potential of every person — including the most marginalized and challenged,” Lopez said. “Homeboy Industries is based in mentorship, a concept that has been a focus throughout my career,” she continued.
Founded in 1992 by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, Homeboy Industries sees over 10,000 gang members enter its doors each year aiming to rebuild their lives. It offers educational courses, workplace development, legal services, mental health and substance abuse support, tattoo removal and domestic violence support in addition to social enterprises and training facilities.
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