Samuel Nuñez, founded Fathers & Families of San Joaquin 15 years ago as a catalyst for policy and systems change, reaching youth and families who are entangled in a complex web of systems that confine and hinder their human potential. After experiencing the trauma of community violence and incarceration, Sammy decided to reclaim his destiny and chose to promote peace, harmony and opportunity for all. Since then he has mentored and built power with thousands of young people and families from Stockton to Washington, DC working with inspiration, creativity, persistence and a deep commitment to healing and holistic wellbeing.  Sammy has inspired national funders and cross-sector partners to lead with love and to invest in people as a primary tool for community transformation.

Sammy was the 2010 California Peace Prize recipient from the California Wellness Foundation, he received the San Joaquin County Architect of Peace Award in 2010, and his work was also highlighted in a memo as part of My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to President Obama and the White House as an effective program working with young men of color. Sammy currently serves on the advisory committee of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and is a frequent national and global speaker on topics related to healing, disrupting community violence, and organizing for community transformation and peace.