Since the murder of her son, Christopher, in 1996, Radha Stern has devoted herself to helping others who have lost a loved one due to a violent crime. She is active in the the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Insight Prison Project, as well as The Compassionate Friends, an organization for parents who have lost a child.
Radha is an experienced grant maker, fundraiser, and marketer with extensive volunteer activity over the last two decades, including work with trade organizations, advocacy groups, and victims’ rights programs.
She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and program officer for a family philanthropic foundation, which supports organizations providing basic services to critical-need populations. Radha also volunteers at the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.
In addition to Griefprints, Radha is a contributor to the inspirational book “Courage does not always Roar: Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Courage,” published by Simple Truths in 2010.
A native Californian, Radha lives with her husband Gary, and together they have five children.
Marin Academy Center, San Rafael CA – 2005
Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, CA – 1999
GaGa Sisterhood, Silicon Valley Chapter – November 2, 2014
The Compassionate Friends National Conference, Chicago, IL – 2014
Bereaved Parents National Conference, Sacramento, CA – 2013
Tim Griffith Foundation – Mother’s retreat 2010 – Menlo Park, CA
Insight Prison Project – Presidio Club, San Francisco CA lunch event 2010
Insight Prison Project House Parties, Tiburon, CA and Mill Valley, CA 2009 and 2010
Trauma Foundation House Parties, Berkeley, CA and San Francisco, CA 1996 – 2000
Restorative Justice Conference – Preservation Park, Oakland, CA 2008
California State Prison Solano – Vacaville CA – 2005, 2007, 2009
San Bruno County Jail – RSVP Program 2007 and 2009
San Quentin State Prison – San Quentin CA – 2003 – present
Salinas Valley State Prison – Soledad CA – 2007
High Desert State Prison – Susanville CA – 2006
Nancy Mulane Weekend Edition Story – KALW Crosscurrents, Aug 2, 2008
Victims Visiting Prison is the show title.
Radha’s story will be featured in a book called
The Hidden Half of Transformation: Nine Phases that Integrate Transformative Experience into Daily Life
Author – Susan Ross, PH.D., CTRS, RTC
A recent article from Radha: restorativejustice.org/RJOB/against-my-will