Eleventh Class of Children and Family Fellows Announced

Posted March 1, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Eleventh class of the Casey Foundation's Children and Family Fellowship

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has select­ed 15 lead­ers for the eleventh class of its Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship. These women and men — accom­plished lead­ers from the pub­lic, non­prof­it and for-prof­it sec­tors — will use the 21-month Fel­low­ship to work with­in their agen­cies, orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties toward spe­cif­ic, mea­sur­able improve­ments for large num­bers of young peo­ple and fam­i­lies. The new Fel­lows are based in nine states.

Now in its third decade, the Fel­low­ship is an inten­sive exec­u­tive lead­er­ship pro­gram designed to give more child- and fam­i­ly-serv­ing pro­fes­sion­als the con­fi­dence and com­pe­tence to lead major sys­tem reforms and com­mu­ni­ty change ini­tia­tives. The 11 women and four men cho­sen for the 20192021 class work in dis­ci­plines from eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment to edu­ca­tion to child wel­fare, advo­ca­cy and homelessness.

For the first time, in addi­tion to spe­cif­ic indi­vid­ual objec­tives, this group of Fel­lows will con­tribute to a shared result. That com­mon end is that all youth ages 1424 have the nec­es­sary con­nec­tions to school, work and fam­i­ly to achieve equi­table out­comes of success.

The mem­bers of our newest class are high-ener­gy lead­ers who dream big and con­tin­u­al­ly strive to remove obsta­cles for kids and fam­i­lies,” says Lisa Hamil­ton, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Casey Foun­da­tion. They are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence and eager to apply the Fellowship’s tools and resources to achieve even greater results.”

Through the out­stand­ing lead­ers who are part of the Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship, the Foun­da­tion is able to build a cul­ture of data and results in the social sec­tor,” says Leslie Boissiere, vice pres­i­dent for exter­nal affairs at the Foun­da­tion, who over­sees the Fel­low­ship as part of a port­fo­lio of results-based lead­er­ship devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. More­over, iden­ti­fy­ing dis­par­i­ties in out­comes and devel­op­ing tar­get­ed strate­gies equips these lead­ers to achieve equi­ty for com­mu­ni­ties of color.”

Since the Foun­da­tion began the pro­gram in 1993, 125 lead­ers have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship. Fel­lows stay con­nect­ed through 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 Bob­by Cagle, direc­tor at the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices; Esther Shin, pres­i­dent of Urban Strate­gies, Inc.; Soraya M. Coley, pres­i­dent of Cal Poly Pomona; Daniel Car­di­nali, pres­i­dent and CEO of the nation­al phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tion Inde­pen­dent Sec­tor; Anne Williams-Isom, chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Fred Black­well, CEO of the San Fran­cis­co Foun­da­tion; and Doug Ammar, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Geor­gia Jus­tice Project.

The first exec­u­tive sem­i­nar for the new class of Fel­lows begins in April at the Casey Foun­da­tion head­quar­ters in Bal­ti­more, Maryland.

The eleventh class of Fel­lows includes:

Grace Bonil­la
City of New York Human Ser­vices Administration
New York, New York

Charles Bradley
Divi­sion Director
Meck­len­burg Coun­ty Depart­ment of Social Services
Char­lotte, North Carolina

Regi­na Cannon
SPARC Direc­tor, Chief Equi­ty and Impact Officer
Cen­ter for Social Innovation
Need­ham, Massachusetts

Ed Cen­ter
Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer, Education
Tip­ping Point Community
San Fran­cis­co, California

Kris­ten Harper
Direc­tor for Pol­i­cy Development
Child Trends
Bethes­da, Maryland

Kar­la Pleitéz Howell
Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion­al Equity
Advance­ment Project California
Los Ange­les, California

Mario John­son
Bureau Direc­tor, Youth Tran­si­tion Sup­port Services
Mis­sis­sip­pi Depart­ment of Child Pro­tec­tion Services
Jack­son, Mississippi

Sarah Jonas
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Office of Com­mu­ni­ty Schools
New York City Depart­ment of Education
New York, New York

Kris­tine Snyder
LEAP Director
Project for Pride in Living
Min­neapo­lis, Minnesota

Muneer Karcher-Ramos
Direc­tor, City of Saint Paul Office of Finan­cial Empow­er­ment (effec­tive March 4)
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ali­son Kear
Chief Exec­u­tive Officer
Covenant House Alaska
Anchor­age, Alaska

Eri­ka Van Buren
Vice Pres­i­dent for Eval­u­a­tion and Learning
First Place for Youth
Oak­land, California

Bhar­ti Wahi
Exec­u­tive Director
Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ali­cia Gue­vara Warren
KIDS COUNT Project Director
Michi­gan League for Pub­lic Policy
Lans­ing, Michigan

Iris Zuni­ga
Exec­u­tive Vice President
Youth Pol­i­cy Institute
Los Ange­les, California

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