2021 Community Achievement Honorees

The Junior League of Los Angeles is honored to present these two Los Angeles leaders with the Community Achievement award at the 22nd Annual Harvest Boutique.

Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel S. Moore is president and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles’ premier performing arts center. Moore leads the $70 million company that manages The Music Center campus and operates and programs Grand Park, both on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. In sum, she manages and operates more than $2 billion in County assets.

Moore joined The Music Center from American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where she most recently served as CEO since 2011 and as its executive director since 2004; she also danced with ABT as a member of its corps de ballet from 1984–1988. Moore has served in multiple leadership roles in nonnprofit arts organizations in Boston and Washington, D.C. She was named CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2019 and serves on the board of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, the board of the Central City Association of Los Angeles, as chair the Performing Arts Center Consortium and as an officer of the Economic Club of New York, among other board positions.

She served on the L.A. 2024/28 Olympic Games Bid Committee and is the author of a book, The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts (May 2016). Moore holds an A.B. in Ethics & Political Philosophy from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors (1992); and an M.A. in Arts Management from Columbia University (1994). In 2019, she received an honorary doctorate in Musical Arts from the Colburn Conservatory.

 


Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

Born and raised in Los Angeles and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights. Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.

In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His second book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017. And his new and third book is now available, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. In 2020, he served as a committee member of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19 crisis. In the same year, Homeboy Industries was the recipient of the 2020 Hilton Humanitarian Prize validating 32 years of Fr. Greg’s vision and work by the organization for over three decades.