Cheyne Castroni is PFJ’s Program Director for Los Angeles County. He brings to this work 15 years of experience as an organizer, social worker and co-conspirator that is keenly focused on supporting liberatory practices. He carries a personal commitment towards holding space for the emergence of more thoughtful and relational institutions.
Cheyne is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his MSW with the distinction as Dean’s Scholar. Prior to joining PFJ, Cheyne served as a Criminal Defense Social Worker for the Bronx Defenders, before going on to spearhead work as a Lead on the Holistic Defense Pilot Project at the Santa Barbara Public Defenders. Outside of his legal advocacy experience, he is active within indigenous cultural movements. He has co-authored an indigenously focused data collection/program evaluation toolkit, to support culturally responsive practices that buffer the effects of historical and systemic trauma on boys and young men of color. He also serves as a facilitator for an intercultural global fellowship, where he engages youth on dialogues regarding re-indigenization.