Sheba Williams resides in Richmond, Virginia with her three children and long- time partner. She lived in Norfolk, VA for 10 years, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, her professional licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering, and her Barber Instructor’s license. She returned to her hometown in 2012. Meeting and knowing so many people from different walks of life and being actively involved in so many community service projects, Sheba found that more people than she realized had at least one thing in common with her: a felony conviction. Her passion for helping others move beyond their convictions led her to start her nonprofit organization, Nolef Turns Inc., in 2016.
Sheba began speaking in youth facilities and working with youth with incarcerated parents and youth in detention centers. In a bold attempt to reform the criminal and juvenile justice systems, she made an open call for collaboration to other organizations and members of the community. Sheba is a 2018-2019 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow and in that capacity she founded the Institute of Forgiveness which provides pre-entry services, including a trade school and mentoring program, for youth, community members with vested interest in change, and those with previous justice involvement.