Regina Cannon

Field Catalyst


Founder and CEO
Atlanta, Georgia

Regina Cannon is the founder of ARC4Justice and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She most recently served as Chief Equity and Impact Officer and Vice President of Housing Solutions at national organizations. She has dedicated her career to being a vocal, active leader fighting for equitable policies, systems, and institutions and addressing marginalization of people of color.

Regina has more than 20 years of experience leading anti-poverty initiatives addressing homelessness, supportive housing, organizational transformation, criminal justice reform, community capacity building, and youth leadership development. She leads teams at ARC4Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to embed racial equity principles in funding guidelines, housing policies, practices, and services. Regina conceptualized and launched a new HUD Initiative for Continua of Care focused on reimagining Coordinated Entry Systems that achieve racial justice. She and her teams also work one on one with organizations and community coalitions across the country to develop strategic goals centered in equity and justice and accountability policies to ensure those goals are met.

Previously, Regina was Southeast Director for Corporation for Supportive Housing where she worked with communities to transform systems of care into data-informed and performance-driven systems that provide safe, sustainable housing to those experiencing homelessness. She managed a large portfolio of initiatives across multiple sectors including Frequent User Service Enhancement (FUSE) Initiatives with health care and criminal justice partners, Moving On with public housing authorities, and Supportive Housing Development with non-profit organizations and local developers. Regina has developed and managed Mental Health and Drug Court programs as well as Restorative Justice Board programs for young adults engaged with the criminal justice system. Her work with youth and young adults is extensive. Regina created youth internships and trained youth in Kingian Nonviolence and Community Organizing across the United States and on the African continent. In 2019, she was selected as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Class 11 Fellow.  Regina was an Assistant Professor at Bennett College and Adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T University.  She delivers keynotes on racial equity and justice across the country and is the host of the mini-podcast series, Morning Cup of Equity.