20th-Anniversary Children and Family Fellowship Class Announced

Posted May 2, 2013
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Newsrelease Fellows Class Announced 2013

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion, a nation­al foun­da­tion that devel­ops solu­tions to build a brighter future for chil­dren, has select­ed 16 lead­ers from across the coun­try as its 20132014 Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­lows. These accom­plished pub­lic sys­tems admin­is­tra­tors, non­prof­it lead­ers and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­als who are com­mit­ted to help­ing low-income fam­i­lies suc­ceed will use the 20-month fel­low­ship to work toward spe­cif­ic, mea­sur­able improve­ments for chil­dren and families.

The Casey Foun­da­tion cre­at­ed the Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship, now in its 20th year, to increase the pool of lead­ers with the vision, dri­ve and abil­i­ty to cre­ate and sus­tain major sys­tem reforms and com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­tives that ben­e­fit large num­bers of chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Using a results-based lead­er­ship approach, Fel­lows work toward their cho­sen goals for chil­dren and fam­i­lies by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a series of inten­sive lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties, includ­ing group sem­i­nars and indi­vid­ual coach­ing that build com­pe­ten­cies, site vis­its to learn about inno­v­a­tive ser­vice deliv­ery mod­els and appli­ca­tion of learn­ing with­in their home organizations.

The new class is the ninth since the Foun­da­tion began the pro­gram in 1993. The near­ly 100 lead­ers who have already par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pro­gram make up the Casey Fel­lows Alum­ni Net­work, which is designed to sup­port rela­tion­ships among the Fel­lows and to con­tribute sig­nif­i­cant­ly to sus­tained move­ments to improve out­comes for chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Alum­ni include Mol­ly McGrath Tier­ney, direc­tor of the Bal­ti­more City Depart­ment of Social Ser­vices; Jane Tewks­bury, exec­u­tive direc­tor of Thrive in 5, a Boston non­prof­it com­mit­ted to school readi­ness; Jeff Edmond­son, man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Nation­al Strive Net­work, a nation­al net­work of cra­dle-to-career orga­ni­za­tions com­mit­ted to the edu­ca­tion­al suc­cess of every child.; Michael McAfee, senior direc­tor of the Promise Neigh­bor­hoods Insti­tute at Pol­i­cyLink; and Daniel Car­di­nali, pres­i­dent of the nation­al non­prof­it Com­mu­ni­ties in Schools.

By giv­ing these tal­ent­ed lead­ers guid­ance, tools and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties tai­lored specif­i­cal­ly to the results they hope to achieve, the Fel­low­ship is a pow­er­ful cat­a­lyst for mea­sur­able improve­ments in child and fam­i­ly well-being,” said Patrick McCarthy, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Casey Foun­da­tion. Over the past 20 years, the Fel­low­ship pro­gram has cre­at­ed a dynam­ic com­mu­ni­ty of lead­ers who con­tin­ue to col­lab­o­rate and chal­lenge them­selves to give all chil­dren a chance to reach their full potential.”

Chang­ing the cul­ture of orga­ni­za­tions and sys­tems to achieve results requires a deep reser­voir of per­se­ver­ance, strate­gic think­ing and tools for col­lab­o­ra­tion,” said Don­na Stark, vice pres­i­dent for Tal­ent and Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment for the Casey Foun­da­tion. The Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship gives lead­ers what they need to turn their com­mit­ment to chil­dren and fam­i­lies into effec­tive action.”

Mem­bers of the 20132014 Fel­low­ship Class

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