Architects for Restorative Communities


The Architects for Restorative Communities (ARC) Project is a trusted organizational effectiveness consulting firm, with a team of trainers that average 20+ years of experience advising clients within higher education, nonprofit, private and government sectors to achieve their vision of equity, excellence and inclusion.



Shawn Best, Founder and CEO


Shawn Best has over 20 years of higher education experience where he is regularly nationally recognized as an excellent communicator and creative problem solver with a unique skill of finding the best solutions to organizational problems. Once deployed, Shawn has an assertive commitment to follow through with implementation and accountability as core tenets of his practice. Shawn is currently the University Director of the City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI), which informed the conceptual framework of his study. Prior to assuming the role of University Director. He helped develop and implement a culturally competent mentorship structure for over 11,000 students and 200 administrators/faculty members CUNY-wide during his tenure.  Best previously served as a local CUNY BMI Project Coordinator for Hunter College, before being promoted to eventually run all of CUNY BMI.  His experience working in Residence Life, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Athletics and Admissions all equip him very well with administrative know how, leadership development training and familiarity with implementing and effective education pipeline in most fields. Shawn received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont in May, 2000 and received his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University in May, 2004. Shawn’s passions lie in identifying talented leaders and helping them grow in their respective roles. In particular, Shawn’s journey to his current career was paved with mentorship from some of the top college administrators in the country.  Shawn is the co-founder of Wright Best Consulting Group LLC (est. 2017), Best Solutions NYC (est. 2012) and CouncilHim (est. 2018).  He currently has a clientele base that extends across the United States and includes Fortune 500 companies as well as local school districts.  Shawn’s book, ‘Change Your Perspective’, has also been a source of inspiration to many people around the country who are experiencing failure, success or any major life changes.  In addition to his passion for training and development, Shawn also enjoys performing as a musician, playing football and basketball, and speaking at colleges around the country to inspire those who want to learn.  With nationally recognized leadership skills by educational communities, he works well within diverse communities that embrace positive change. Shawn in on tract to complete his educational doctoral degree in Organization Leadership from Northeastern University in 2019