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Bernadette Butler brings myriad personal and professional experiences to her role as Director of the Homecoming Project at Impact Justice. Most recently, Bernadette partnered with community champions and Silicon Valley-based investors to fund local and national programs that expand college to career pathways for first-generation college students from underserved communities. Prior to her career in philanthropy, Bernadette was a public school teacher and administrator in California, by way of Teach For America.

At Impact Justice, Bernadette leads a team of social innovators at the Homecoming Project to reimagine housing and reentry for systems-impacted individuals and scale the project’s impeccable outcomes across multiple communities in northern and southern California. Bernadette is the daughter of immigrants and grew up in the Bronx, New York. She earned her B.A. at Georgetown University, with a focus on policy and social justice. As an undergraduate, Bernadette taught GED courses to incarcerated individuals. Today, Bernadette lives in California where she enjoys hiking, Zumba, martial arts, and spending time with her family.

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