Chief Program Officer
Arthur Bishop, Chief Program Officer at the Safer Foundation, has 43 years of experience as a provider of direct service and all levels of management in the field of social service, working in the areas of community mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice and currently in Adult Reentry. Prior to Safer, he led the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. In 2012, Mr. Bishop received the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Champions for Change Award and, in 2013, he co-chaired the inaugural Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council (IJJLC), providing integral input into the development of the council’s overall mission to mobilize stakeholders (including Illinois Depts. of Justice and Juvenile Justice, the Dept. of Children and Family Services, all levels of the courts, law enforcement, juvenile justice advocates and community based leaders) to develop a shared vision for juvenile justice improvement in Illinois. He is a graduate of Trinity Christian College, received his Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College in Chicago, and is a Licensed and Ordained Minister (Baptist).