About Radha

Radha Stern

Christopher and Radha

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 Giffords 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 SF-Marin Food Banks.

Featured author on Open to Hope.
Watch an interview with Radha and Fred Luskin on Open to Hope Television.

book - Courage does not always roarIn 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.


Speaking Engagements


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 Luis Obispo California Men’s Colony – 2014 – present

San Quentin State Prison – San Quentin CA – 2003 – present

Salinas Valley State Prison – Soledad CA – 2007

High Desert State Prison – Susanville CA – 2006


Nancy Mullane, Victims Visiting Prison – Weekend Edition, KALW Crosscurrents, Aug 2, 2008:


Radha’s story is included in a book by Susan Ross, PhD, CTRS, RTC, called:
The Map to Wholeness:  Real-Life Stories of Crisis, Change, and Reinvention — Your Guide through the 13 Phases of Transformation

Restorative JusticeA recent article from Radha: restorativejustice.org/RJOB/against-my-will