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Room to Grow <subtitle type="text"></subtitle> <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://www.roomtogrow.org"/> <id>http://www.roomtogrow.org/8-about-us.feed</id> <updated>2017-12-17T02:24:12+00:00</updated> <author> <name>Room to Grow</name> <email>contact@metrocreate.com</email> </author> <generator uri="http://joomla.org">Joomla! - Open Source Content Management</generator> <link rel="self" type="application/atom+xml" href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/8-about-us.feed?type=atom"/> <entry> <title>Leadership 2014-09-12T21:00:55+00:00 2014-09-12T21:00:55+00:00 http://www.roomtogrow.org/about-us/leadership.html <div class="tab-section"> <div class="tab"> <p>

Board of Directors

<a name="backtotop"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JamesAthanasoulas"><strong>James Athanasoulas</strong>, <em>Chair, Boston Board</em></a><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MaryCannon"><strong>Mary E. D. Cannon</strong>, </a><em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MaryCannon">President</a><br /><br /></em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JenniferDowd"><strong>Jennifer Dowd</strong></a><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#SarahGreenhill">Sarah D. Greenhill<br /><br /></a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JeffHoffman">Jeff Hoffman<br /></a></strong>Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#EveLehrman"><strong>Eve Lehrman, MD, </strong><em>Chair, New York Board</em></a><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#GiselleNelson1"><strong>Giselle Nelson</strong></a><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#CarltonSmith">Carlton Smith<br /></a></strong>Trader</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#UmaThurman"><strong>Uma Thurman</strong></a><br />Actress<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#BrookeThurston1">Brooke Thurston</a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#BrookeThurston"><br /></a><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#Christiwood1">Christi Raftery Wood</a>, </strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#Christiwood1"><em>Secretary</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JamesAthanasoulas"></a>James Athanasoulas<br /></strong>Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br />James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain &amp; Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaryCannon"></a>Mary E. D. Cannon</strong><br /><br />Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing.<br /><br />Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JenniferDowd"></a>Jennifer Dowd</strong></p> <p>After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.</p> <p>Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="SarahGreenhill"></a>Sarah D. Greenhill<br /><br /></strong>Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JeffHoffman"></a>Jeff Hoffman</strong> <br />Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br />Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital&nbsp;for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.<br /><br />Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.<br /><br />Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="EveLehrman"></a>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene</p> <p>Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.<br /><br /><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="GiselleNelson1"></a>Giselle Nelson</strong><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education</p> <p>Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CarltonSmith"></a>Carlton Smith</strong><br />Trader<br /><br /></p> <p>Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&amp;P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="UmaThurman"></a>Uma Thurman<br /></strong>Actress<br /><br />Uma Thurman's acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years includes Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="BrookeThurston1"></a>Brooke Thurston</strong></p> <p>Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top<br /></a>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="Christiwood1"></a>Christi Raftery Wood</strong></p> <p>After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.</p> <p>Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children's school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span></span>

New York Board

<br /><a name="backtotopny"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ErikaBearman"><strong>Erika Bearman</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Communications Consultant</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#RahilBriggs"><strong>Rahil Briggs, PsyD</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services<br />Montefiore Medical Group<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MaryCannonNY"><strong>Mary E.D. Cannon</strong>, <em>Director &amp; President<br /><br /></em></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#CleoCavolo"><strong>Cleo Cavolo</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Vice President of External Relations<br />New Classrooms<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#RichardChalker"><strong>Richard B. Chalker III</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation<br />ABM<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#TCreedon"><strong>Tim Creedon</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director<br />Neuberger Berman</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JenniferDowdNY"><strong>Jennifer Dowd</strong>, <em>Director</em></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ClaireEllis"><strong>Claire Ellis</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Creative Director<br />Eccolo Ltd.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MikeFeliton"><strong>Mike Feliton</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Chief Information Officer<br />David Yurman<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#AlexandraofGreeceNY"><strong>Alexandra of Greece, CLS</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /><br /></em></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#EveLehrmanNY"><strong>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong>, <em>Director</em></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#EveLehrmanNY"><em>&nbsp;&amp; Chair, New York Board</em></a><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#RashaanReid"><strong>Rashaan R. Reid</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Managing Director, Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales<br />Bank of America Merrill Lynch<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#AnnSilverman"><strong>Ann Silverman</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Administrative Vice President &amp; Group Manager, Private Banking<br />Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&amp;T Company<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#CarltonSmithNY"><strong>Carlton Smith</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Trader<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#UmaThurmanNY"><strong>Uma Thurman</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Actress<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MaggieTowles"><strong>Maggie Rokous Towles</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /><br /></em></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ChristiWood"><strong>Christi Raftery Wood</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Director &amp; Secretary</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ChristiWood"><em>&nbsp;</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ErikaBearman"></a>Erika Bearman</strong><br />Communications Consultant<br /><br />Erika Bearman is a strategic consultant in communications and branding. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Oscar de la Renta, LLC, a position she held for seven years. She now counts the luxury goods firm as one of her clients. Erika’s communications efforts on behalf of Oscar de la Renta have been written about in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Wall St. Journal, and Vogue. In 2012 she was named to the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List.<br /><br />Erika graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English. She has previously worked for Christian Dior and Burberry. She resides in New York City with her husband, Jonathan and her daughter Electra.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RahilBriggs"></a>Rahil Briggs, PsyD</strong><br />Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services<br />Montefiore Medical Group<br /><br />Dr. Briggs is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of Healthy Steps at Montefiore, and the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group. &nbsp;Dr. Briggs joined Einstein and Montefiore in 2005 as the Director and founder of Healthy Steps at Montefiore. Her work concentrates on integration of mental health specialists within primary care pediatrics, with a focus on prevention, early childhood mental health and development, and parent-child relationships. Dr. Briggs was named the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore in 2013, to spearhead the formation of one of the most comprehensive integrated pediatric behavioral health systems in the nation, which will provide services to over 90,000 children and their families in the Bronx, NY. She is currently working on a book regarding integrated early childhood mental health in primary care, to be published by Springer in 2016. &nbsp;Dr. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work at New York University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaryCannonNY"></a>Mary E.D. Cannon<br /><br /></strong>Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing. Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CleoCavolo"></a>Cleo Cavolo</strong><br />Vice President of External Relations<br />New Classrooms</p> <p>Cleo Cavolo is the Vice President of External Relations at New Classrooms. Cleo joined the New Classrooms team in January 2014 to lead their national and local fundraising efforts, and to create a strategic fundraising plan to diversify their revenue sources and to expand their network of supporters. Before joining New Classrooms, Cleo Cavolo was the Managing Director of Development for iMentor where she raised $50 million for the organization over a six-year period. Cleo helped to build the fundraising strategy and the organizational infrastructure to support iMentor’s ambitious growth efforts. Prior to iMentor, Cleo worked at the Blue Ridge Foundation, where she conducted strategic consulting projects with their portfolio organizations. Cleo also worked with the Princeton Review K-12 Services, where she developed and created an organizational marketing plan to improve outreach strategies with school districts throughout the country. Cleo has 15 years of experience working in education and started her career at Junior Achievement of New York. Cleo earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Cleo lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RichardChalker"></a>Richard B. Chalker III</strong><br />Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation<br />ABM<br /><br />Richard Chalker is the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation at ABM, a leading provider of facilities solutions, supporting their re-engineering from a services aligned business to an industry aligned business. Prior to joining ABM, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Corporate Real Estate Management division from 2013 to 2016. CREM includes Workspace Planning, Project Management, Engineering, Property Services, Transaction Management and Corporate Amenities. From 2006 to 2012, he was a part of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Services Division. Initially, Richard was the Global COO for the Corporate Services division. He led the division’s financial management functions, Risk, Technology and Process Re-engineering. From 2008 to 2012, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Property Management Organization.<br /><br />Richard start his career at Morgan Stanley in 1989, in Information Technology supporting their internal clients in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His main clients during that time were Private Wealth Management, Institutional Equities, Investment Banking and the firm’s corporate functions. He also worked in Asia for 2 years, performing IT support and building new offices during the early 1990s growth period. Prior to joining Corporate Services in 2006, Richard managed IT Operational Risk (part of the firm’s Basel II requirements) and Production Risk Management (the department’s outage management team).<br /><br />In his “spare” time, Richard enjoys golf, tennis and karate. However, he spends the majority of his free time taking his children to their various education, sports and musical events.

<br /><br />Richard graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Political Science and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="TCreedon"><strong>Tim Creedon</strong></a><br />Managing Director<br />Neuberger Berman</p> <p>Tim Creedon is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman and the Head of Global Equity Research. He joined the firm in 2005 and has been the Director of Global Equity Research for the firm since 2011. Prior to his appointment as Director of Research, Tim served as an equity analyst covering Consumer Staples companies for the department. Previously, he spent three years working as a sell-side research associate at Lehman Brothers, also covering consumer stocks, and two years working in the Private Equity group at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for analyzing and executing investments in early stage telecom/media companies. Tim began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he spent two years working in Investment Banking, covering the telecommunications industry. He is a CFA charterholder and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Economics. Tim lives in New York City with his wife and three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JenniferDowdNY"></a>Jennifer Dowd</strong><br /><br />After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.</p> <p>Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="ClaireEllis"></a>Claire Ellis</strong><br />Creative Director<br />Eccolo Ltd.</p> <p>Claire Ellis is Creative Director at Eccolo Ltd., a wholesale manufacturer of home decor, journals and stationery.&nbsp; Prior to her work at Eccolo, Claire was principal of Ellis Design Strategies, a product development consulting firm.&nbsp; Claire holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA from Yale.&nbsp; She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MikeFeliton"></a>Mike Feliton<br /></strong>Chief Information Officer<br />David Yurman<br /><br />Mike Feliton is the Chief Information Officer of David Yurman. As a technology executive, he has a vast knowledge of IT management, full-life-cycle software initiatives, and program management across many industries; including retail, wholesale, apparel, automotive, manufacturing, and consumer products. Mike's background in Business Analytics has given him extensive experience collaborating with both business leaders and external parties to produce cost-effective business solutions. Prior to joining David Yurman, he served as the Vice President of Application Delivery at International Flavors &amp; Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Vice President of IT at Maidenform, and Vice President of Information Systems at TBC Corporation. He also spent over seven years at Warnaco working as Director and later, as Vice President of Systems Development. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two young daughters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AlexandraofGreeceNY"></a>Alexandra of Greece, CLS</strong></p> <p>Alexandra of Greece is a founding board member of Room to Grow and has been actively involved in the organization since its creation in 1998. Alexandra is a Child Life Specialist, having graduated with an MS in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Bank Street College. Previous to attending Bank Street, she earned her BA form Brown University in Comparative Literature in both French and Spanish language. In addition to Room to Grow, Alexandra is an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and in Greece, Sos Eliza (a non-profit for abused children) and Patmos Habitat (a non-profit protecting marine area). She lives in New York City with her family.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="EveLehrmanNY"></a>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br />Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RashaanReid"></a>Rashaan R. Reid</strong><br />Managing Director, Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales<br />Bank of America Merrill Lynch</p> <p>Rashaan Reid is the Managing Director of Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating from Tulane University with a BS in Finance and Management, Rashaan began her career at Merrill Lynch &amp; Co. as an analyst in the Debt Capital Markets Division. Eventually, Rashaan realized she was drawn to the pace of sales and trading, and decided to go back to school so she could pursue this interest. After completing her MBA at The University of Chicago, Rashaan returned to Merrill Lynch as an associate in the Global Markets Division before moving to Mortgage and Securitized Product Sales. Rashaan is co-leader of the group DEAL (Developing &amp; Engaging African American Leaders), which promotes diversity at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and is also a part of the firm's Women's Leadership Council. Rashaan is an avid traveler and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AnnSilverman"></a>Ann Silverman<br /></strong>Administrative Vice President &amp; Group Manager, Private Banking&nbsp;<br />Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&amp;T Company<br /><br />After graduating from Smith College, Ann began her career at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., eventually becoming a project manager responsible for all aspects of content, design, and marketing for major exhibitions. She also served at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City as a project manager for several years. Ann then made a transition to banking, and earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Manhattan and serves as a group manager in private banking at M &amp; T Bank, managing banking teams in New York and in cities across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CarltonSmithNY"></a>Carlton Smith</strong><br />Trader</p> <p>Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&amp;P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="UmaThurmanNY"></a>Uma Thurman</strong> <br />Actress<br /><br />Uma Thurman’s acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years include Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaggieTowles"></a>Maggie Rokous Towles<br /></strong></p> <p>After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Intellectual History and a minor in Chinese, Maggie lived and worked in Asia for two years. Following that, she worked in business consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and within Viacom's strategic group in their new media division. Maggie was a key member of the team that helped grow the then start-up clothing company dELiA*s, focused on catalog and online inventory planning and management, and working with the senior merchandisers to plan and purchase the clothing line.</p> <p>Maggie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and devotes her time to her family and volunteer work in the community.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ChristiWood"></a>Christi Raftery Wood</strong></p> <p>After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.<br /><br />Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children’s school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop1">Back to top</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>

Boston Board

<a name="backtotop2"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JamesAthanasoulasBOS"><strong>James Athanasoulas</strong>, <em>Director &amp; Chair, Boston Board</em></a><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#RobertBaldassarre"><strong>Robert Baldassarre</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Partner&nbsp;<br />KPMG, LLP<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#PeterConlin"><strong>Peter Conlin</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director<br />Cushman &amp; Wakefield<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#Frisselle"><strong>Danielle Frissell, </strong><em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Vice President<br />J.P. Morgan<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#SarahGreenhillBOS"><strong>Sarah D. Greenhill</strong>, </a><em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JamesAthanasoulasBOS">Director<br /><br /></a></em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#AnneHildreth"><strong>Anne S. Hildreth</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director, Client &amp; Business Management Executive<br />U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#JeffHoffmanBOS"><strong>Jeff Hoffman</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#GiselleNelson"><strong>Giselle Nelson</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ANogi">Alison G. Nogi</a></strong><em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ANogi">,</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ANogi">Advisor</a></em><br />Strategic Communications Advisor, Executive Office<br />Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ThomasReith"><strong>Thomas Reith</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Partner<br />Burns &amp; Levinson, LLP<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#YaronShelsinger"><strong>Yaron Shlesinger</strong>, </a><em><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#YaronShelsinger">Advisor<br /></a></em>Three Bays Capital<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#BrookeThurston"><strong>Brooke Thurston</strong>, <em>Director<br /><br /></em></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#CAWebb"><strong>C.A. Webb</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JamesAthanasoulasBOS"></a>James Athanasoulas</strong><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br />James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain &amp; Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RobertBaldassarre"></a>Robert Baldassarre</strong><br />Partner<br />KPMG, LLP<br /><br />Robert leads KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice, based in Boston. Robert has over 15 years of experience in economic analysis and consulting. Prior to joining KPMG, he served as an internal management consultant in logistics and operations research at Compaq. He also held positions as an Economist and Forecast Manager at DRI/Standard &amp; Poor’s, and in the public sector as a development economist for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs under Governor William Weld. He began his career as a Budget Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature.</p> <p>In addition to his position on Room to Grow's Boston Board, Robert is also on the Board of Directors for Riverside Community Care. Robert received his B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from Boston University's School of Management.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="PeterConlin"></a>Peter Conlin<br /></strong>Managing Director<br />Cushman &amp; Wakefield<br /><br />Before joining Cushman &amp; Wakefield, Peter was Senior Vice President at Lincoln Property Company and a Senior Vice President/Partner of CBRE/New England where he was responsible for advising and implementing transactions for corporations and landlords in the Downtown Boston Office market. Peter's ability to devise creative real estate solutions and provide expert advice during transaction negotiations coupled with his understanding of client requirements has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous transactions throughout Boston.&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="Frisselle"></a>Danielle Frissell</strong><br />Vice President<br />J.P. Morgan</p> <p>Danielle Frissell is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan's Private Bank in Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Danielle worked for J.P. Morgan in London and New York. She began her career at Bear, Stearns &amp; Co. in St. Louis, Missouri.</p> <p>Danielle earned her BSBA from Saint Louis University with a double major in Finance &amp; International Business and a minor in German. She currently serves as the Finance co-chair of Party in the Park; is on the Steering Committee for Hestia; is the President Emeritus of the Beacon Hill Women's Forum; and is a member of the Friends Council Leadership Committee of the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Boston.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="SarahGreenhillBOS"></a>Sarah D. Greenhill<br /></strong><br />Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.<br /><br /></p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AnneHildreth"></a></strong><strong>Anne S. Hildreth<br /></strong>Managing Director, Client &amp; Business Management Executive<br />U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management</p> <p>Anne Hildreth, Client &amp; Business Management Executive with US Trust, has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on high net worth philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth's insight and leadership supports our goal of successfully driving client satisfaction and delivering superior philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth is active in the Massachusetts charitable community, and is currently on the Advisory Board of FUEL Education. Ms. Hildreth is a graduate of Holy Cross College.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JeffHoffmanBOS"></a>Jeff Hoffman</strong><br />Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health <br /><br />Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital&nbsp;for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.</p> <p>Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.<br /><br />Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="GiselleNelson"></a>Giselle Nelson</strong><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br />Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ANogi"></a>Alison G. Nogi<br /></strong>Strategic&nbsp;Communications Advisor, Executive Office<br />Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts</p> <p>Alison is responsible for collaborating with the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA as communications counsel and content developer for key communications materials to employees and external stakeholders. Prior to Blue Cross, Alison was Director of Communications at New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), the physician's network for Tufts Medical Center. She was also a Manager in Community Health at Partners HealthCare.</p> <p>Alison graduated with a BA in Political Science and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Alison serves on the Board of Beacon Hill Nursery School and lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ThomasReith"></a>Thomas Reith</strong><br />Partner<br />Burns &amp; Levinson, LLP<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top<br /><br /></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="YaronShelsinger"></a>Yaron Shlesinger</strong><br />Three Bays Capital</p> <p>Yaron joined Three Bays Capital in 2013 and was a founding team member. Previously, he was a Vice President at Bain Capital Credit and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Yaron received a Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top<br /><br /></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="BrookeThurston"></a>Brooke Thurston</strong> <br /><br />Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <div><hr /> <p><strong><a name="CAWebb"></a>C.A. Webb</strong><br /><br />C.A. Webb is Co-Founder and most recently a partner at _Underscore.VC where she activated an extraordinary network of entrepreneurs and executives to bring up the next generation of enduring technology companies. Prior to this new venture, C.A. led the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) for 4 years where she worked in partnership with local entrepreneurs and VCs to promote Massachusetts as the best place in the world to start and grow new companies.</p> <p>C.A. has spent her career building ground-up products, programs and brands at emerging companies. She began as brand manager for Fast Company, built entrepreneurial development programs at Boston Collegiate Charter School and Trinity Boston Foundation, ran internal innovation and strategic marketing projects at Whole Foods Market, was head of Marketing at Preserve, a design-driven consumer products company, and was Director of Marketing at Care.com.</p> In addition to Room to Grow, C.A. serves on the boards of the Alliance for Business Leadership, Mass Robotics, and the New England Venture Capital Association. C.A. earned her undergraduate degree in English and Women's Studies at Wellesley College and an MBA at Simmons School of Management.<br /><br /></div> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p>

National Advisory Council

<a name="backtotop3"></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#robyncarter">Robyn Carter, LICSW</a><br /></strong>Executive Nonprofit Consultant</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#anneasterbrooks">M.&nbsp;Ann Easterbrooks, PhD</a><br /></strong>Principal Investigator and&nbsp;Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#RebeccaFauth"><strong>Rebecca Fauth, PhD<br /></strong></a>Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director,&nbsp;Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University<strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ClareHuntington"><br /><br />Clare Huntington</a><br /></strong>Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law<br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#Kessler"><strong>Judd Benjamin Kessler</strong></a><br />Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy<br />The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania</p> <p><strong><strong><strong>Fern Khan, MSW</strong><br /></strong></strong>Retired Dean, Division of Continuing Education, Bank Street College of Education<strong><strong><br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#TovahKlein">Tovah Klein, PhD</a></strong><br /></strong>Director, Barnard Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College<br />Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College<br /><strong><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#MatthewCruger">Matthew M. Cruger, PhD</a></strong><br />Senior Director, Learning and Development Center,&nbsp;Child Mind Institute<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#KimberlyNoble">Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD<br /></a></strong>Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University<br /><br /><strong>Irwin Redlener, MD<br /></strong>President and Co-Founder, The Children's Health Care Fund<br />Clinical Professor, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ElsieTaveras">Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH<br /></a></strong>Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children<br />Director, Pediatric Population Health Management<br />Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#ElizabethTyWilde">Elizabeth Ty Wilde<br /></a></strong>Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, The Wallace Foundation</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a name="robyncarter"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>Robyn Carter, LICSW</strong><br />Executive Nonprofit Consultant</p> <p>Committed to unlocking the potential of children and families to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes in adulthood, Robyn Carter has dedicated her career to providing high quality service delivery, consistent leadership standards, and demonstrable results in Boston nonprofit organizations. For six years as Room to Grow’s Boston Executive Director, Robyn co-led the organization spearheading the Boston site’s 30% growth in caseload capacity, fundraising, and staffing. Prior to joining Room to Grow, Robyn ensured high quality and accredited programming as Vice President of Programs and Services at United South End Settlements; and developed accountability structures for programs to meet or exceed licensing standards as a Network Director for early childhood and prevention programs at the Home for Little Wanderers. Robyn was a 2006 Schott Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Care and is now an alumnus of the CAYL (formerly Schott) Fellowship program. She has served on the Boards of the Neighborhood Parents of the Hurley School, and the Massachusetts Association for Early Childhood Education and Care (MADCA). Robyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and an MSW from Boston University.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="anneasterbrooks"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>M. Ann Easterbrooks, PhD</strong><br />Principal Investigator&nbsp;and Professor <br />Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University</p> <p>M. Ann Easterbrooks, Ph.D., is Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, her work focuses on social and emotional development in infancy and childhood, and issues of risk and resilience in development. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, examining the efficacy of Healthy Families Massachusetts, a statewide child maltreatment prevention program. Other current research investigates emotional availability and attachment in parent-child relationships. Dr. Easterbrooks' publications include chapters, research articles, and edited volumes on a range of topics, including: healthy social and emotional development in the context of psychosocial risk factors such as depression and trauma; father-child relationships in infancy and early childhood; the developmental course of parent-child attachment relationships; and promoting positive relationships in early education and care. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, where she chairs the Publications Committee; the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Currently she serves on the boards of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP), and the Massachusetts Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MassAIMH).</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="RebeccaFauth"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>Rebecca Fauth, PhD</strong><br />Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director<br />Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University</p> <p>Rebecca Fauth, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist specializing in research and evaluation examining the impact of social policies and programs on children and families and is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Rebecca is the Project Director of MHFE-2, a randomized, controlled trial of a Healthy Families Massachusetts, and the Co-Principal Investigator of several other program evaluations and needs assessments. Until 2013, Rebecca was Assistant Research Director at the National Children's Bureau (NCB) in London UK where she managed a team of researchers working on a range of policy-relevant evaluations focusing primarily on programs in early years, foster care, and youth development.&nbsp;Rebecca has also worked as a Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation, a work and employment think-tank in London, and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. She previously worked directly with children and families in social services. Rebecca holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ClareHuntington"></a>Clare Huntington<br /></strong>Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law<br />Fordham University School of Law<br /><br />Professor Huntington is an expert in the fields of family law and poverty law. Her book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford 2014), won an Honorable Mention for the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award in Law and Legal Studies from the Association of American Publishers. Professor Huntington has published widely in leading law journals, exploring the intersection of poverty and families and with a recent focus on non-marital families. Professor Huntington serves as an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law. Professor Huntington’s legal experience includes serving as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as well as clerking for Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty in 2011, Professor Huntington was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Huntington earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Oberlin College.</p> <p><br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="Kessler"></a>Judd Benjamin Kessler</strong><br />Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy<br />The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania<br /><br />Professor Judd B. Kessler received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2011.</p> <p>In his research, Kessler uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to answer questions in Public Economics and Market Design. He investigates the economic and psychological forces that motivate individuals to contribute to public goods inside and outside the workplace, with applications including organ donation, worker effort, and charitable giving. He also investigates market design innovations, placing particular emphasis on bringing market design from theory to practice, with applications including course allocation and priority systems for organ allocation.</p> <p>His research has appeared in general interest journals including the American Economic Review and Management Science. In 2012, Kessler was named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" in Law and Policy.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="TovahKlein"></a>Tovah Klein, Ph.D.</strong><br />Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College<br />Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College<br /><br /></p> <p>Tovah Klein is the author of the 2014 How Toddlers Thrive (Simon &amp; Schuster). At the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Toddler Center), Professor Klein and her research team study children's social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children's development, sleep and separation, and the experience of being a parent in the early years. Current research examines the role of toddler play in development: &nbsp;how toddlers communicate through play; use play to process and learn about emotions, and to handle peer conflicts and learn to get along with peers. Emotion situations include typical (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic (i.e., 9/11, home emergencies).&nbsp;In the parenting work, her research focuses on mothers' and fathers' transition to parenthood amd how parents negotiate the challenges of work and parenthood. Another line of research focuses on the impact of trauma on young children and families, including children who were direct witness to the events of 9/11/01 in NYC.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to being a former developmental advisor for&nbsp;Sesame Street,&nbsp;Professor Klein is on the advisory boards for Ubuntu Education Fund (S. Africa), Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, Room to Grow, Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and Learnow.org. She is frequently quoted in the media, including appearing on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. &nbsp;Her writings appear across the web including Huffington Post, Slate and Parents.com as well as in print including the NY Times and Washington Post. She is the mother of three boys.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="MatthewCruger"></a><strong>Matthew M. Cruger, PhD</strong><br />Senior Director, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute</p> <p>Matthew M. Cruger, PhD specializes in neuropsychological examinations, cognitive assessments and other evaluations for gifted children as well as those with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. A strong advocate for children and teens with special education needs, Dr. Cruger uses empirically supported treatments to improve both his patients' emotional functioning and their academic achievement.</p> <p>Before coming to the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Cruger spearheaded a program to help teens with learning difficulties transition to college and helped develop an evidence-based treatment for improving children's organizational skills. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diagnostic assessment, social psychology, personality theory, research methods, pathological conditions of the brain, and child and adolescent brain development.</p> <p>Dr. Cruger has performed psychoeducational evaluations in clinical settings throughout New York, including through the Prep for Prep program. He has also led psychoeducational workshops for couples wishing to enhance their communication skills and improve the quality of their marriages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><a name="KimberlyNoble"><span style="color: #000000;">Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD</span></a></span></strong><br />Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University</p> <p>Dr. Noble is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and pediatrician who studies socioeconomic disparities in children's neurocognitive development. She received her undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and trained at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her pediatrics residency at Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. She is now an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ElsieTaveras"></a>Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH</strong><br />Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children<br />Director, Pediatric Population Health Management<br />Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic</p> <p>Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her BS and MD degrees from New York University. After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency, and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.</p> <p>Dr. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions to identify and quantify risk factors to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 100 research studies and served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work has been cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="ElizabethTyWilde"></a>Elizabeth Ty Wilde</strong><br />Senior Research and Evaluation Officer<br />The Wallace Foundation<br /><br />Elizabeth Ty Wilde is a senior research and evaluation officer at The Wallace Foundation, where she contributes to strategy design, identifies policy challenges and opportunities, and analyzes the impact of related empirical and theoretical approaches to addressing policy problems.</p> <p>Before joining Wallace, Wilde was an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research was focused on improving health outcomes by changing the institutions that directly provide health care or influence health through other mechanisms (such as community housing agencies or elementary schools). Projects she worked on involved studying the impact of a randomized welfare reform experiment on long term health, investigating a federal initiative to reduce homelessness, and researching the impact of small class sizes on mortality, earnings, employment and disability. Her research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Health Economics, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Wilde has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College. Previously, she worked as a management consultant at the Monitor Group.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>
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Board of Directors

<a name="backtotop"></a></p> <p><a href="#JamesAthanasoulas"><strong>James Athanasoulas</strong>, <em>Chair, Boston Board</em></a><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br /><a href="#MaryCannon"><strong>Mary E. D. Cannon</strong>, </a><em><a href="#MaryCannon">President</a><br /><br /></em><a href="#JenniferDowd"><strong>Jennifer Dowd</strong></a><br /><br /><strong><a href="#SarahGreenhill">Sarah D. Greenhill<br /><br /></a></strong><strong><a href="#JeffHoffman">Jeff Hoffman<br /></a></strong>Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br /><a href="#EveLehrman"><strong>Eve Lehrman, MD, </strong><em>Chair, New York Board</em></a><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br /><a href="#GiselleNelson1"><strong>Giselle Nelson</strong></a><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br /><strong><a href="#CarltonSmith">Carlton Smith<br /></a></strong>Trader</p> <p><a href="#UmaThurman"><strong>Uma Thurman</strong></a><br />Actress<br /><br /><strong><a href="#BrookeThurston1">Brooke Thurston</a><a href="#BrookeThurston"><br /></a><br /><a href="#Christiwood1">Christi Raftery Wood</a>, </strong><a href="#Christiwood1"><em>Secretary</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JamesAthanasoulas"></a>James Athanasoulas<br /></strong>Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br />James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain &amp; Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaryCannon"></a>Mary E. D. Cannon</strong><br /><br />Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing.<br /><br />Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JenniferDowd"></a>Jennifer Dowd</strong></p> <p>After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.</p> <p>Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="SarahGreenhill"></a>Sarah D. Greenhill<br /><br /></strong>Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JeffHoffman"></a>Jeff Hoffman</strong> <br />Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br />Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital&nbsp;for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.<br /><br />Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.<br /><br />Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="EveLehrman"></a>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene</p> <p>Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.<br /><br /><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="GiselleNelson1"></a>Giselle Nelson</strong><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education</p> <p>Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CarltonSmith"></a>Carlton Smith</strong><br />Trader<br /><br /></p> <p>Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&amp;P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="UmaThurman"></a>Uma Thurman<br /></strong>Actress<br /><br />Uma Thurman's acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years includes Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="BrookeThurston1"></a>Brooke Thurston</strong></p> <p>Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top<br /></a>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="Christiwood1"></a>Christi Raftery Wood</strong></p> <p>After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.</p> <p>Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children's school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span></span>

New York Board

<br /><a name="backtotopny"></a></p> <p><a href="#ErikaBearman"><strong>Erika Bearman</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Communications Consultant</p> <p><a href="#RahilBriggs"><strong>Rahil Briggs, PsyD</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services<br />Montefiore Medical Group<br /><br /><a href="#MaryCannonNY"><strong>Mary E.D. Cannon</strong>, <em>Director &amp; President<br /><br /></em></a><a href="#CleoCavolo"><strong>Cleo Cavolo</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Vice President of External Relations<br />New Classrooms<br /><br /><a href="#RichardChalker"><strong>Richard B. Chalker III</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation<br />ABM<br /><br /><a href="#TCreedon"><strong>Tim Creedon</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director<br />Neuberger Berman</p> <p><br /><a href="#JenniferDowdNY"><strong>Jennifer Dowd</strong>, <em>Director</em></a><br /><br /><a href="#ClaireEllis"><strong>Claire Ellis</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Creative Director<br />Eccolo Ltd.<br /><br /><a href="#MikeFeliton"><strong>Mike Feliton</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Chief Information Officer<br />David Yurman<br /><br /><a href="#AlexandraofGreeceNY"><strong>Alexandra of Greece, CLS</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /><br /></em></a><a href="#EveLehrmanNY"><strong>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong>, <em>Director</em></a><a href="#EveLehrmanNY"><em>&nbsp;&amp; Chair, New York Board</em></a><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br /><a href="#RashaanReid"><strong>Rashaan R. Reid</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Managing Director, Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales<br />Bank of America Merrill Lynch<br /><br /><a href="#AnnSilverman"><strong>Ann Silverman</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Administrative Vice President &amp; Group Manager, Private Banking<br />Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&amp;T Company<br /><br /><a href="#CarltonSmithNY"><strong>Carlton Smith</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Trader<br /><br /><a href="#UmaThurmanNY"><strong>Uma Thurman</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Actress<br /><br /><a href="#MaggieTowles"><strong>Maggie Rokous Towles</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /><br /></em></a><a href="#ChristiWood"><strong>Christi Raftery Wood</strong>,&nbsp;<em>Director &amp; Secretary</em></a></p> <p><a href="#ChristiWood"><em>&nbsp;</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ErikaBearman"></a>Erika Bearman</strong><br />Communications Consultant<br /><br />Erika Bearman is a strategic consultant in communications and branding. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Oscar de la Renta, LLC, a position she held for seven years. She now counts the luxury goods firm as one of her clients. Erika’s communications efforts on behalf of Oscar de la Renta have been written about in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Wall St. Journal, and Vogue. In 2012 she was named to the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List.<br /><br />Erika graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English. She has previously worked for Christian Dior and Burberry. She resides in New York City with her husband, Jonathan and her daughter Electra.<br /><br /><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RahilBriggs"></a>Rahil Briggs, PsyD</strong><br />Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services<br />Montefiore Medical Group<br /><br />Dr. Briggs is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of Healthy Steps at Montefiore, and the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group. &nbsp;Dr. Briggs joined Einstein and Montefiore in 2005 as the Director and founder of Healthy Steps at Montefiore. Her work concentrates on integration of mental health specialists within primary care pediatrics, with a focus on prevention, early childhood mental health and development, and parent-child relationships. Dr. Briggs was named the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore in 2013, to spearhead the formation of one of the most comprehensive integrated pediatric behavioral health systems in the nation, which will provide services to over 90,000 children and their families in the Bronx, NY. She is currently working on a book regarding integrated early childhood mental health in primary care, to be published by Springer in 2016. &nbsp;Dr. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work at New York University.</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaryCannonNY"></a>Mary E.D. Cannon<br /><br /></strong>Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing. Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CleoCavolo"></a>Cleo Cavolo</strong><br />Vice President of External Relations<br />New Classrooms</p> <p>Cleo Cavolo is the Vice President of External Relations at New Classrooms. Cleo joined the New Classrooms team in January 2014 to lead their national and local fundraising efforts, and to create a strategic fundraising plan to diversify their revenue sources and to expand their network of supporters. Before joining New Classrooms, Cleo Cavolo was the Managing Director of Development for iMentor where she raised $50 million for the organization over a six-year period. Cleo helped to build the fundraising strategy and the organizational infrastructure to support iMentor’s ambitious growth efforts. Prior to iMentor, Cleo worked at the Blue Ridge Foundation, where she conducted strategic consulting projects with their portfolio organizations. Cleo also worked with the Princeton Review K-12 Services, where she developed and created an organizational marketing plan to improve outreach strategies with school districts throughout the country. Cleo has 15 years of experience working in education and started her career at Junior Achievement of New York. Cleo earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Cleo lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RichardChalker"></a>Richard B. Chalker III</strong><br />Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation<br />ABM<br /><br />Richard Chalker is the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation at ABM, a leading provider of facilities solutions, supporting their re-engineering from a services aligned business to an industry aligned business. Prior to joining ABM, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Corporate Real Estate Management division from 2013 to 2016. CREM includes Workspace Planning, Project Management, Engineering, Property Services, Transaction Management and Corporate Amenities. From 2006 to 2012, he was a part of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Services Division. Initially, Richard was the Global COO for the Corporate Services division. He led the division’s financial management functions, Risk, Technology and Process Re-engineering. From 2008 to 2012, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Property Management Organization.<br /><br />Richard start his career at Morgan Stanley in 1989, in Information Technology supporting their internal clients in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His main clients during that time were Private Wealth Management, Institutional Equities, Investment Banking and the firm’s corporate functions. He also worked in Asia for 2 years, performing IT support and building new offices during the early 1990s growth period. Prior to joining Corporate Services in 2006, Richard managed IT Operational Risk (part of the firm’s Basel II requirements) and Production Risk Management (the department’s outage management team).<br /><br />In his “spare” time, Richard enjoys golf, tennis and karate. However, he spends the majority of his free time taking his children to their various education, sports and musical events.

<br /><br />Richard graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Political Science and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny"><br />Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="TCreedon"><strong>Tim Creedon</strong></a><br />Managing Director<br />Neuberger Berman</p> <p>Tim Creedon is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman and the Head of Global Equity Research. He joined the firm in 2005 and has been the Director of Global Equity Research for the firm since 2011. Prior to his appointment as Director of Research, Tim served as an equity analyst covering Consumer Staples companies for the department. Previously, he spent three years working as a sell-side research associate at Lehman Brothers, also covering consumer stocks, and two years working in the Private Equity group at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for analyzing and executing investments in early stage telecom/media companies. Tim began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he spent two years working in Investment Banking, covering the telecommunications industry. He is a CFA charterholder and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Economics. Tim lives in New York City with his wife and three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JenniferDowdNY"></a>Jennifer Dowd</strong><br /><br />After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.</p> <p>Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="ClaireEllis"></a>Claire Ellis</strong><br />Creative Director<br />Eccolo Ltd.</p> <p>Claire Ellis is Creative Director at Eccolo Ltd., a wholesale manufacturer of home decor, journals and stationery.&nbsp; Prior to her work at Eccolo, Claire was principal of Ellis Design Strategies, a product development consulting firm.&nbsp; Claire holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA from Yale.&nbsp; She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MikeFeliton"></a>Mike Feliton<br /></strong>Chief Information Officer<br />David Yurman<br /><br />Mike Feliton is the Chief Information Officer of David Yurman. As a technology executive, he has a vast knowledge of IT management, full-life-cycle software initiatives, and program management across many industries; including retail, wholesale, apparel, automotive, manufacturing, and consumer products. Mike's background in Business Analytics has given him extensive experience collaborating with both business leaders and external parties to produce cost-effective business solutions. Prior to joining David Yurman, he served as the Vice President of Application Delivery at International Flavors &amp; Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Vice President of IT at Maidenform, and Vice President of Information Systems at TBC Corporation. He also spent over seven years at Warnaco working as Director and later, as Vice President of Systems Development. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two young daughters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AlexandraofGreeceNY"></a>Alexandra of Greece, CLS</strong></p> <p>Alexandra of Greece is a founding board member of Room to Grow and has been actively involved in the organization since its creation in 1998. Alexandra is a Child Life Specialist, having graduated with an MS in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Bank Street College. Previous to attending Bank Street, she earned her BA form Brown University in Comparative Literature in both French and Spanish language. In addition to Room to Grow, Alexandra is an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and in Greece, Sos Eliza (a non-profit for abused children) and Patmos Habitat (a non-profit protecting marine area). She lives in New York City with her family.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="EveLehrmanNY"></a>Eve Lehrman, MD</strong><br />Obesity Analyst<br />New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene<br /><br />Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RashaanReid"></a>Rashaan R. Reid</strong><br />Managing Director, Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales<br />Bank of America Merrill Lynch</p> <p>Rashaan Reid is the Managing Director of Mortgage &amp; Securitized Product Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating from Tulane University with a BS in Finance and Management, Rashaan began her career at Merrill Lynch &amp; Co. as an analyst in the Debt Capital Markets Division. Eventually, Rashaan realized she was drawn to the pace of sales and trading, and decided to go back to school so she could pursue this interest. After completing her MBA at The University of Chicago, Rashaan returned to Merrill Lynch as an associate in the Global Markets Division before moving to Mortgage and Securitized Product Sales. Rashaan is co-leader of the group DEAL (Developing &amp; Engaging African American Leaders), which promotes diversity at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and is also a part of the firm's Women's Leadership Council. Rashaan is an avid traveler and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AnnSilverman"></a>Ann Silverman<br /></strong>Administrative Vice President &amp; Group Manager, Private Banking&nbsp;<br />Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&amp;T Company<br /><br />After graduating from Smith College, Ann began her career at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., eventually becoming a project manager responsible for all aspects of content, design, and marketing for major exhibitions. She also served at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City as a project manager for several years. Ann then made a transition to banking, and earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Manhattan and serves as a group manager in private banking at M &amp; T Bank, managing banking teams in New York and in cities across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="CarltonSmithNY"></a>Carlton Smith</strong><br />Trader</p> <p>Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&amp;P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="UmaThurmanNY"></a>Uma Thurman</strong> <br />Actress<br /><br />Uma Thurman’s acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years include Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="MaggieTowles"></a>Maggie Rokous Towles<br /></strong></p> <p>After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Intellectual History and a minor in Chinese, Maggie lived and worked in Asia for two years. Following that, she worked in business consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and within Viacom's strategic group in their new media division. Maggie was a key member of the team that helped grow the then start-up clothing company dELiA*s, focused on catalog and online inventory planning and management, and working with the senior merchandisers to plan and purchase the clothing line.</p> <p>Maggie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and devotes her time to her family and volunteer work in the community.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotopny">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ChristiWood"></a>Christi Raftery Wood</strong></p> <p>After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.<br /><br />Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children’s school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop1">Back to top</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>

Boston Board

<a name="backtotop2"></a></p> <p><a href="#JamesAthanasoulasBOS"><strong>James Athanasoulas</strong>, <em>Director &amp; Chair, Boston Board</em></a><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br /><a href="#RobertBaldassarre"><strong>Robert Baldassarre</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a><br />Partner&nbsp;<br />KPMG, LLP<br /><br /><a href="#PeterConlin"><strong>Peter Conlin</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director<br />Cushman &amp; Wakefield<br /><br /><a href="#Frisselle"><strong>Danielle Frissell, </strong><em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Vice President<br />J.P. Morgan<br /><br /><a href="#SarahGreenhillBOS"><strong>Sarah D. Greenhill</strong>, </a><em><a href="#JamesAthanasoulasBOS">Director<br /><br /></a></em><a href="#AnneHildreth"><strong>Anne S. Hildreth</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Managing Director, Client &amp; Business Management Executive<br />U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management<br /><br /><a href="#JeffHoffmanBOS"><strong>Jeff Hoffman</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health<br /><br /><a href="#GiselleNelson"><strong>Giselle Nelson</strong>, <em>Director<br /></em></a>M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br /><strong><a href="#ANogi">Alison G. Nogi</a></strong><em><a href="#ANogi">,</a>&nbsp;<a href="#ANogi">Advisor</a></em><br />Strategic Communications Advisor, Executive Office<br />Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#ThomasReith"><strong>Thomas Reith</strong>, <em>Advisor<br /></em></a>Partner<br />Burns &amp; Levinson, LLP<br /><br /><a href="#YaronShelsinger"><strong>Yaron Shlesinger</strong>, </a><em><a href="#YaronShelsinger">Advisor<br /></a></em>Three Bays Capital<br /><br /><a href="#BrookeThurston"><strong>Brooke Thurston</strong>, <em>Director<br /><br /></em></a><a href="#CAWebb"><strong>C.A. Webb</strong>, <em>Advisor</em></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JamesAthanasoulasBOS"></a>James Athanasoulas</strong><br />Managing Director<br />Bain Capital Credit<br /><br />James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain &amp; Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="RobertBaldassarre"></a>Robert Baldassarre</strong><br />Partner<br />KPMG, LLP<br /><br />Robert leads KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice, based in Boston. Robert has over 15 years of experience in economic analysis and consulting. Prior to joining KPMG, he served as an internal management consultant in logistics and operations research at Compaq. He also held positions as an Economist and Forecast Manager at DRI/Standard &amp; Poor’s, and in the public sector as a development economist for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs under Governor William Weld. He began his career as a Budget Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature.</p> <p>In addition to his position on Room to Grow's Boston Board, Robert is also on the Board of Directors for Riverside Community Care. Robert received his B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from Boston University's School of Management.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="PeterConlin"></a>Peter Conlin<br /></strong>Managing Director<br />Cushman &amp; Wakefield<br /><br />Before joining Cushman &amp; Wakefield, Peter was Senior Vice President at Lincoln Property Company and a Senior Vice President/Partner of CBRE/New England where he was responsible for advising and implementing transactions for corporations and landlords in the Downtown Boston Office market. Peter's ability to devise creative real estate solutions and provide expert advice during transaction negotiations coupled with his understanding of client requirements has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous transactions throughout Boston.&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="Frisselle"></a>Danielle Frissell</strong><br />Vice President<br />J.P. Morgan</p> <p>Danielle Frissell is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan's Private Bank in Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Danielle worked for J.P. Morgan in London and New York. She began her career at Bear, Stearns &amp; Co. in St. Louis, Missouri.</p> <p>Danielle earned her BSBA from Saint Louis University with a double major in Finance &amp; International Business and a minor in German. She currently serves as the Finance co-chair of Party in the Park; is on the Steering Committee for Hestia; is the President Emeritus of the Beacon Hill Women's Forum; and is a member of the Friends Council Leadership Committee of the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Boston.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="SarahGreenhillBOS"></a>Sarah D. Greenhill<br /></strong><br />Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.<br /><br /></p> <p><br /><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="AnneHildreth"></a></strong><strong>Anne S. Hildreth<br /></strong>Managing Director, Client &amp; Business Management Executive<br />U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management</p> <p>Anne Hildreth, Client &amp; Business Management Executive with US Trust, has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on high net worth philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth's insight and leadership supports our goal of successfully driving client satisfaction and delivering superior philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth is active in the Massachusetts charitable community, and is currently on the Advisory Board of FUEL Education. Ms. Hildreth is a graduate of Holy Cross College.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="JeffHoffmanBOS"></a>Jeff Hoffman</strong><br />Vice President, Head of PBM Digital<br />CVS Health <br /><br />Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital&nbsp;for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.</p> <p>Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.<br /><br />Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.</p> <p><br /><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="GiselleNelson"></a>Giselle Nelson</strong><br />M.S., Physiology and Biophysics<br />M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education<br /><br />Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ANogi"></a>Alison G. Nogi<br /></strong>Strategic&nbsp;Communications Advisor, Executive Office<br />Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts</p> <p>Alison is responsible for collaborating with the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA as communications counsel and content developer for key communications materials to employees and external stakeholders. Prior to Blue Cross, Alison was Director of Communications at New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), the physician's network for Tufts Medical Center. She was also a Manager in Community Health at Partners HealthCare.</p> <p>Alison graduated with a BA in Political Science and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Alison serves on the Board of Beacon Hill Nursery School and lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ThomasReith"></a>Thomas Reith</strong><br />Partner<br />Burns &amp; Levinson, LLP<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top<br /><br /></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="YaronShelsinger"></a>Yaron Shlesinger</strong><br />Three Bays Capital</p> <p>Yaron joined Three Bays Capital in 2013 and was a founding team member. Previously, he was a Vice President at Bain Capital Credit and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Yaron received a Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top<br /><br /></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="BrookeThurston"></a>Brooke Thurston</strong> <br /><br />Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <div><hr /> <p><strong><a name="CAWebb"></a>C.A. Webb</strong><br /><br />C.A. Webb is Co-Founder and most recently a partner at _Underscore.VC where she activated an extraordinary network of entrepreneurs and executives to bring up the next generation of enduring technology companies. Prior to this new venture, C.A. led the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) for 4 years where she worked in partnership with local entrepreneurs and VCs to promote Massachusetts as the best place in the world to start and grow new companies.</p> <p>C.A. has spent her career building ground-up products, programs and brands at emerging companies. She began as brand manager for Fast Company, built entrepreneurial development programs at Boston Collegiate Charter School and Trinity Boston Foundation, ran internal innovation and strategic marketing projects at Whole Foods Market, was head of Marketing at Preserve, a design-driven consumer products company, and was Director of Marketing at Care.com.</p> In addition to Room to Grow, C.A. serves on the boards of the Alliance for Business Leadership, Mass Robotics, and the New England Venture Capital Association. C.A. earned her undergraduate degree in English and Women's Studies at Wellesley College and an MBA at Simmons School of Management.<br /><br /></div> <p><a href="#backtotop2">Back to top</a></p> <p>

National Advisory Council

<a name="backtotop3"></a></p> <p><strong><a href="#robyncarter">Robyn Carter, LICSW</a><br /></strong>Executive Nonprofit Consultant</p> <p><strong><a href="#anneasterbrooks">M.&nbsp;Ann Easterbrooks, PhD</a><br /></strong>Principal Investigator and&nbsp;Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University<br /><br /><a href="#RebeccaFauth"><strong>Rebecca Fauth, PhD<br /></strong></a>Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director,&nbsp;Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University<strong><a href="#ClareHuntington"><br /><br />Clare Huntington</a><br /></strong>Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law<br /><br /><a href="#Kessler"><strong>Judd Benjamin Kessler</strong></a><br />Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy<br />The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania</p> <p><strong><strong><strong>Fern Khan, MSW</strong><br /></strong></strong>Retired Dean, Division of Continuing Education, Bank Street College of Education<strong><strong><br /><br /><a href="#TovahKlein">Tovah Klein, PhD</a></strong><br /></strong>Director, Barnard Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College<br />Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College<br /><strong><br /><a href="#MatthewCruger">Matthew M. Cruger, PhD</a></strong><br />Senior Director, Learning and Development Center,&nbsp;Child Mind Institute<br /><br /><strong><a href="#KimberlyNoble">Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD<br /></a></strong>Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University<br /><br /><strong>Irwin Redlener, MD<br /></strong>President and Co-Founder, The Children's Health Care Fund<br />Clinical Professor, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University<br /><br /><strong><a href="#ElsieTaveras">Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH<br /></a></strong>Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children<br />Director, Pediatric Population Health Management<br />Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic<br /><br /><strong><a href="#ElizabethTyWilde">Elizabeth Ty Wilde<br /></a></strong>Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, The Wallace Foundation</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a name="robyncarter"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>Robyn Carter, LICSW</strong><br />Executive Nonprofit Consultant</p> <p>Committed to unlocking the potential of children and families to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes in adulthood, Robyn Carter has dedicated her career to providing high quality service delivery, consistent leadership standards, and demonstrable results in Boston nonprofit organizations. For six years as Room to Grow’s Boston Executive Director, Robyn co-led the organization spearheading the Boston site’s 30% growth in caseload capacity, fundraising, and staffing. Prior to joining Room to Grow, Robyn ensured high quality and accredited programming as Vice President of Programs and Services at United South End Settlements; and developed accountability structures for programs to meet or exceed licensing standards as a Network Director for early childhood and prevention programs at the Home for Little Wanderers. Robyn was a 2006 Schott Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Care and is now an alumnus of the CAYL (formerly Schott) Fellowship program. She has served on the Boards of the Neighborhood Parents of the Hurley School, and the Massachusetts Association for Early Childhood Education and Care (MADCA). Robyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and an MSW from Boston University.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="anneasterbrooks"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>M. Ann Easterbrooks, PhD</strong><br />Principal Investigator&nbsp;and Professor <br />Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University</p> <p>M. Ann Easterbrooks, Ph.D., is Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, her work focuses on social and emotional development in infancy and childhood, and issues of risk and resilience in development. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, examining the efficacy of Healthy Families Massachusetts, a statewide child maltreatment prevention program. Other current research investigates emotional availability and attachment in parent-child relationships. Dr. Easterbrooks' publications include chapters, research articles, and edited volumes on a range of topics, including: healthy social and emotional development in the context of psychosocial risk factors such as depression and trauma; father-child relationships in infancy and early childhood; the developmental course of parent-child attachment relationships; and promoting positive relationships in early education and care. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, where she chairs the Publications Committee; the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Currently she serves on the boards of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP), and the Massachusetts Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MassAIMH).</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="RebeccaFauth"><strong><br /></strong></a><strong>Rebecca Fauth, PhD</strong><br />Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director<br />Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University</p> <p>Rebecca Fauth, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist specializing in research and evaluation examining the impact of social policies and programs on children and families and is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Rebecca is the Project Director of MHFE-2, a randomized, controlled trial of a Healthy Families Massachusetts, and the Co-Principal Investigator of several other program evaluations and needs assessments. Until 2013, Rebecca was Assistant Research Director at the National Children's Bureau (NCB) in London UK where she managed a team of researchers working on a range of policy-relevant evaluations focusing primarily on programs in early years, foster care, and youth development.&nbsp;Rebecca has also worked as a Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation, a work and employment think-tank in London, and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. She previously worked directly with children and families in social services. Rebecca holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ClareHuntington"></a>Clare Huntington<br /></strong>Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law<br />Fordham University School of Law<br /><br />Professor Huntington is an expert in the fields of family law and poverty law. Her book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford 2014), won an Honorable Mention for the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award in Law and Legal Studies from the Association of American Publishers. Professor Huntington has published widely in leading law journals, exploring the intersection of poverty and families and with a recent focus on non-marital families. Professor Huntington serves as an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law. Professor Huntington’s legal experience includes serving as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as well as clerking for Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty in 2011, Professor Huntington was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Huntington earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Oberlin College.</p> <p><br /><br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="Kessler"></a>Judd Benjamin Kessler</strong><br />Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy<br />The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania<br /><br />Professor Judd B. Kessler received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2011.</p> <p>In his research, Kessler uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to answer questions in Public Economics and Market Design. He investigates the economic and psychological forces that motivate individuals to contribute to public goods inside and outside the workplace, with applications including organ donation, worker effort, and charitable giving. He also investigates market design innovations, placing particular emphasis on bringing market design from theory to practice, with applications including course allocation and priority systems for organ allocation.</p> <p>His research has appeared in general interest journals including the American Economic Review and Management Science. In 2012, Kessler was named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" in Law and Policy.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="TovahKlein"></a>Tovah Klein, Ph.D.</strong><br />Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College<br />Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College<br /><br /></p> <p>Tovah Klein is the author of the 2014 How Toddlers Thrive (Simon &amp; Schuster). At the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Toddler Center), Professor Klein and her research team study children's social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children's development, sleep and separation, and the experience of being a parent in the early years. Current research examines the role of toddler play in development: &nbsp;how toddlers communicate through play; use play to process and learn about emotions, and to handle peer conflicts and learn to get along with peers. Emotion situations include typical (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic (i.e., 9/11, home emergencies).&nbsp;In the parenting work, her research focuses on mothers' and fathers' transition to parenthood amd how parents negotiate the challenges of work and parenthood. Another line of research focuses on the impact of trauma on young children and families, including children who were direct witness to the events of 9/11/01 in NYC.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to being a former developmental advisor for&nbsp;Sesame Street,&nbsp;Professor Klein is on the advisory boards for Ubuntu Education Fund (S. Africa), Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, Room to Grow, Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and Learnow.org. She is frequently quoted in the media, including appearing on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. &nbsp;Her writings appear across the web including Huffington Post, Slate and Parents.com as well as in print including the NY Times and Washington Post. She is the mother of three boys.<br /><br /><br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><a name="MatthewCruger"></a><strong>Matthew M. Cruger, PhD</strong><br />Senior Director, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute</p> <p>Matthew M. Cruger, PhD specializes in neuropsychological examinations, cognitive assessments and other evaluations for gifted children as well as those with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. A strong advocate for children and teens with special education needs, Dr. Cruger uses empirically supported treatments to improve both his patients' emotional functioning and their academic achievement.</p> <p>Before coming to the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Cruger spearheaded a program to help teens with learning difficulties transition to college and helped develop an evidence-based treatment for improving children's organizational skills. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diagnostic assessment, social psychology, personality theory, research methods, pathological conditions of the brain, and child and adolescent brain development.</p> <p>Dr. Cruger has performed psychoeducational evaluations in clinical settings throughout New York, including through the Prep for Prep program. He has also led psychoeducational workshops for couples wishing to enhance their communication skills and improve the quality of their marriages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><a name="KimberlyNoble"><span style="color: #000000;">Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD</span></a></span></strong><br />Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University</p> <p>Dr. Noble is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and pediatrician who studies socioeconomic disparities in children's neurocognitive development. She received her undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and trained at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her pediatrics residency at Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. She is now an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a name="ElsieTaveras"></a>Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH</strong><br />Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children<br />Director, Pediatric Population Health Management<br />Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic</p> <p>Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her BS and MD degrees from New York University. After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency, and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.</p> <p>Dr. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions to identify and quantify risk factors to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 100 research studies and served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work has been cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.</p> <p><br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a name="ElizabethTyWilde"></a>Elizabeth Ty Wilde</strong><br />Senior Research and Evaluation Officer<br />The Wallace Foundation<br /><br />Elizabeth Ty Wilde is a senior research and evaluation officer at The Wallace Foundation, where she contributes to strategy design, identifies policy challenges and opportunities, and analyzes the impact of related empirical and theoretical approaches to addressing policy problems.</p> <p>Before joining Wallace, Wilde was an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research was focused on improving health outcomes by changing the institutions that directly provide health care or influence health through other mechanisms (such as community housing agencies or elementary schools). Projects she worked on involved studying the impact of a randomized welfare reform experiment on long term health, investigating a federal initiative to reduce homelessness, and researching the impact of small class sizes on mortality, earnings, employment and disability. Her research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Health Economics, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Wilde has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College. Previously, she worked as a management consultant at the Monitor Group.<br /><br /><br /><a href="#backtotop3">back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>
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Over nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience and leadership, Allyson has enjoyed helping organizations to raise over $25M and to recruit thousands of volunteers. Allyson also has a background in corporate marketing and continuing professional education for adults. She began her career as a preschool teacher in her hometown of Boston and later on the West Coast as a Teach for America corps member in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin College, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Allyson enjoys speaking publicly about the importance of early childhood and nonprofit leadership and strategy; prior engagements include NYU Wagner, the Clinton Global Initiative, and iHeart Radio among others. She lives in New York with her husband, a special education teacher, who shares her disdain for the Yankees.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-BethanyBrichta" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="BethanyBrichtaModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Bethany Brichta<br />Senior Manager, External Relations</p> <p>bethany.brichta@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Bethany Brichta joined the New York team in July 2014. She comes to Room to Grow from Forestdale, a foster care a child welfare agency in Queens, where she served as the Senior Community Development Associate. Prior to Forestdale, Bethany interned with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="3-EuniceCruz" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EuniceCruzModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Eunice Cruz, CCLS, LMSW<br />Clinical Social Worker</p> <p>eunice.cruz@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Eunice has always been passionate about working with young children, in particular infants and toddlers. She received her B.S. from Utica College of Syracuse University with a dual degree in Psychology Child Life and Spanish Language/Literature. For over 8 years she worked as a Child Life Specialist in both the PICU and at an outpatient clinic. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, Eunice began work at The Brooklyn Hospital Center as their Family Program’s Social Worker. Her role included assisting HIV positive women through pregnancy, as well as provided supportive services to the hospital's Spanish speaking families. She looks forward to working with Room to Grow families, guiding them through the exciting first years of their child's life. In her spare time, Eunice practices Capoiera (Brazilian martial arts) and loves to cook.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="4-LeslieDuran" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LeslieDuranModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Leslie Duran<br />Manager, Business Development &amp; Operations</p> <p>leslie.duran@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow, Leslie spent five years in a myriad of management positions at the Waldorf Astoria, primarily focused on event management. Her doula training coupled with her community work with pregnant women &amp; new mothers has led her to the nonprofit sector. Leslie holds a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="5-AmandaFerguson" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AmandaFergusonModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Amanda Ferguson, LCSW<br />Clinical Team Lead</p> <p>amanda.ferguson@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Amanda joined Room to Grow in November 2014, bringing extensive experience providing clinical support and resource connection to women, children, and families who are affected by poverty. Her prior experience at Mount Sinai included engaging families in the pediatric emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, and several years in the prenatal care units. Amanda has participated in collection of data to support grant-related programmatic design, and she presented in the International Social Work Conference in 2013. Her undergraduate studies completed in Amherst, MA, with a BA in social justice and advanced graduate ABA training at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="6-MarissaGernett" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="MarissaGernettModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Marissa Gernett, LMSW<br />Clinical Social Worker</p> <p>marissa.gernett@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Marissa joined the Room to Grow clinical team in November 2016. She completed her undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University with BAs in Psychology and Jewish Studies and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University as well as advanced graduate training in ABA. Marissa has an extensive knowledge of child development, family counseling, and NYC early childhood programs.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="7-JoannaGroccia" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="JoannaGrocciaModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Joanna Groccia<br />Coordinator, Program &amp; Administration</p> <p>joanna.groccia@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Joanna joined Room to Grow in August 2014 as Operations Associate&nbsp;and transitioned to her role as Coordinator, Program and Administration in March 2016. Prior to joining the team, Joanna was a student at Fordham University where she graduated with a double Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and International Political Economy.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="8-KimberlyGuzman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="KimberlyGuzmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Kimberly Guzman<br />Associate, External Relations</p> <p>kimberly.guzman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow in the summer of 2016, Kim worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, where she taught Japanese elementary school children basic grammar and American culture. After her time in Japan, in addition to her internship at Doctors Without Borders, she realized she had a deep passion for the non-profit sector and became interested in exploring the Development field. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in International Relations and Asian Languages and Cultures.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="10-AkilahKing" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AkilahKingModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Akilah King<br />Senior Manager, Development &amp; Program Operations</p> <p>akilah.king@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Akilah joins the Room to Grow team with experience in non-profit development and clinical research. As the co-founder of the young professionals committee at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), she successfully and innovatively raised funds, established programs, and created numerous annual publications for the organization, which provides orthopedic care to children in Africa. She also spent several years at the Hospital for Special Surgery as a clinical research coordinator and, more recently, served as the Grants and Public Policy Graduate Intern at Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. Akilah holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="11-AllisonLuciano" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AllisonLucianoModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Allison Luciano<br />Site Coordinator, Family Center</p> <p>allison.luciano@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Allison joined the Room to Grow team in December 2016 as Site Coordinator. She comes to this position after being a Store Manager at Uniqlo’s 5th Avenue location where she worked extensively with inventory planning and management. Prior to this, Allison worked as an Intake Interviewer with Esperanza NY, an intensive therapeutic alternative to incarceration for juvenile delinquents in the NYC court system. While earning her BA from NYU in Metropolitan Studies, Allison spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer and a summer as a volunteer through Amigos de las americas in rural Nicaragua.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="12-RaulMoran" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="RaulMoranModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Raul Moran<br />Associate, Program &amp; Administration</p> <p>raul.moran@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Raul joined Room to Grow in June of 2016 as the Program and Administrative Associate. He holds a B.A. from Lehman College in Human Resource and Marketing. Prior to joining Room to Grow, he interned at City Year of New York where they are working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="13-SarahNylund" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="SarahNylundModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Sarah Nylund<br />Coordinator, External Relations</p> <p>sarah.nylund@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow as Coordinator of External Relations in the summer of 2017, Sarah spent 3 months studying Spanish and working as a Manager at Medical Electives, a clinical rotation and language school in Peru. Before heading abroad, Sarah worked as a Program Manager in Adult Education at New York Cares, a volunteer management organization that provides free volunteer-run programs to the greater NYC community. Her year of volunteer experience in Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation led her to pursue work in the nonprofit sector and discover her passion for community organizing and programmatic planning. She graduated with honors from Susquehanna University with a degree in Biology.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- Boston --> <div id="1-AllysonCraword" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="allysonCrawordModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Allyson Crawford<br />Acting Executive Director</p> <p>allyson.crawford@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Driven by a passionate belief in the transformational potential of early childhood investments, Allyson Crawford joined Room to Grow in 2014 with robust experience in the K-12 education space and non­profit organizational leadership. She previously served as Managing Director at Citizen Schools New York where she led civic engagement, fundraising, and communications efforts. Over nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience and leadership, Allyson has enjoyed helping organizations to raise over $25M and to recruit thousands of volunteers. Allyson also has a background in corporate marketing and continuing professional education for adults. She began her career as a preschool teacher in her hometown of Boston and later on the West Coast as a Teach for America corps member in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin College, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Allyson enjoys speaking publicly about the importance of early childhood and nonprofit leadership and strategy; prior engagements include NYU Wagner, the Clinton Global Initiative, and iHeart Radio among others. She lives in New York with her husband, a special education teacher, who shares her disdain for the Yankees.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-LauraBabey" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LauraBabeyModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Laura Babey<br />Manager Institutional Giving</p> <p>laura.babey@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Laura Babey joined Room to Grow in 2017, after working in the development office at Boston Children's Hospital for six years and, prior to that, a number of development internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital while an undergrad at Denison University in Columbus, OH. After completing her Masters in Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University, Laura sought to bring her professional focus to a smaller scale organization where fundraising can have a tangible and immediate impact on the populations served. Laura is passionate about the synergy between institutions and the community, and strongly believes in the symbiotic relationship they can have to lift each other to success. Laura lives in Boston and enjoys cooking and crafting in her free time.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="3-LauraBailey" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LauraBaileyModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Laura Bull Bailey<br />Manager of Business Development &amp; Operations</p> <p>laura.bailey@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Laura joined Room to Grow in 2017 after a career in finance and corporate strategy. She worked at Merrill Lynch in New York in the Corporate Strategy group where she managed internal consulting projects for Merrill’s executive management team. Coordinating with multiple stakeholders, she conducted institutional and retail product and market analyses and advised on international acquisitions. Prior to that, she worked in investment banking at Merrill and in commercial real estate investment at a boutique investment firm. She made the switch to the nonprofit sector based on her desire to use her skills to help others in need in a meaningful way, and is thrilled to be working to advance Room to Grow’s important mission. She has held numerous volunteer leadership positions at schools and community institutions in the Boston area. Laura is on the Board of Incorporators at Beaver Country Day School and the Board of Directors of Winchester Parent to Parent. She has an MBA from Columbia University and is a cum laude graduate of Middlebury College.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="4-EmilyEpstein" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EmilyEpsteinModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Emily Epstein<br />Director of Communications &amp; Community Relations</p> <p>emily.epstein@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Before joining Room to Grow, Emily worked as a Marketing Consultant helping technology companies identify new market opportunities, effectively address their competition, guide strategic planning and better serve their customers. Prior to that she held various senior marketing roles at EMC, Sudbury Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation. As an active volunteer with Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM), she chaired their Marketing and PR committee helping to raise awareness and increase donations of goods. With a desire to utilize her skills in an organization whose mission she feels passionate about, Emily joined Room to Grow in 2014. Emily has a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="5-BeccaFeldman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="BeccaFeldmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Becca Feldman<br />Program &amp; Administrative Associate</p> <p>becca.feldman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Becca comes to Room to Grow with tremendous passion for community service and engagement, and a particular interest in children, youth, and bilingual education. She was a Sociology and Spanish double-major at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and has participated in many meaningful internships and community service projects working with children and youth both locally and internationally. Most recently, Becca spent the past year working as the Community Service Program Coordinator for her alma mater. Originally from Newton and having recently returned to the Boston area, Becca is excited to join the Room to Grow team. In her free time, Becca is an avid traveler and also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, roller blading, or relaxing at the beach.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="6-RebeccaFreedman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="RebeccaFreedmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Rebecca Freedman, LICSW<br />Social Worker</p> <p>rebecca.freedman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Rebecca received her B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked as a clinician with all ages, from birth to adulthood. Prior to joining Room to Grow in 2008, she worked in many different clinical environments including addiction services and most recently at a Head Start affiliated preschool where she provided resources to parents and play therapy to children ages 3-5. She lives in Boston with her husband Jeff and two young daughters, Maya and Sadie.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="7-AlisonJHay" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AlisonJHayModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Alison J. Hay<br />Director of Development</p> <p>ali.hay@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Before joining Room to Grow in 2015, Ali worked in development at Northeastern University, reconnecting engineering alumni with their alma mater in Boston, New York City, and the Carolinas. Prior to Northeastern, Ali was part of the team at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts that successfully raised more than $32 million in support of the diocese's first major campaign effort in almost a decade. Her time as a Development Consultant brought her to various cities across the country to lead fundraising initiatives. Ali earned her B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College. In her time away from the office, she practices calligraphy, shares a love of cider by leading tours at Downeast Cider House, and travels.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="8-PatriciaHunter" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="PatriciaHunterModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Patricia Hunter<br />Site Coordinator</p> <p>patricia.hunter@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Patricia joined Room to Grow in July 2015 after graduating from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During her time as an undergraduate, Patricia volunteered with Room to Grow and became moved and inspired by the dedication Room to Grow has to the local Boston community. She is excited to work with volunteers and share her passion for the organization’s mission.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="9-EmmaMilford" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EmmaMilfordModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Emma Milford<br />Community Relations Associate</p> <p>emma.milford@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Emma joined Room to Grow in July of 2017 shortly after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in International and Area Studies, and minors in Children’s Studies and Global Health and Environment. Inspired by her summer internship with Room to Grow in 2016, her semester abroad in South Africa, and her research on the importance of reducing toxic stress in the home to promote life-long benefits, Emma is eager to make a difference for babies being raised in poverty in Boston. In her free time, Emma is a competitive equestrian and a skilled baker.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="10-LaurenRogers" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LaurenRogersModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Lauren Rogers<br />Development Associate</p> <p>lauren.rogers@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Lauren joined Room to Grow in August 2016 shortly after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in History and minor in Journalism. During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren was heavily involved in the nonprofit community in Chicago, volunteering at several animal welfare organizations and conducting a year-long social justice research project on dog fighting. After realizing her passion for the social sector, Lauren returned to Boston and completed an 11-week nonprofit fellowship program with New Sector Alliance, sparking her interest in the Development field. In her spare time, Lauren loves to explore new places, golf with her dad, and hang out with her 11-year-old pup Sophie.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="11-SusanStewart-Bermon" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="SusanStewart-BermonModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Susan Stewart-Bermon, LICSW<br />Clinical Team Lead</p> <p>susan.stewart-bermon@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Susan is dedicated to a family centered perspective that all people have strengths and are experts in their own lives. She is passionate about working with families to support healthy birth outcomes and child development. Susan has held complex and diverse social work positions within the field of maternal health and mental health, including the City of Boston's maternal public health home visiting program for pregnant and parenting families, 0-5, as well as Brigham and Women's Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. She received her MSW from Simmons College in Boston and her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="12-NancyVillaMeyers" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="NancyVillaMeyersModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Nancy Villa Meyers, LMHC<br />Social Worker</p> <p>nancy.villameyers@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Nancy joined the Room to Grow team in May, 2017. She is a bilingual speaker who has worked primarily with Spanish speaking families in the Greater Boston area. Prior to working at Room to Grow, she was an In-home Therapist at the Justice Resource Institute providing Spanish speaking families with home based family therapy using a trauma informed model, crisis intervention, treatment planning and assessments. Nancy’s passion resides in trauma work as well as the integration of mind and body working as one entity. Her approach aligns with client centered, psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Nancy has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in trauma studies from Lesley University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- National --> <div id="1-MelissaCaldwell" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="MelissaCaldwellModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Melissa Caldwell, PhD<br />Director, Curriculum Integration</p> <p>melissa.caldwell@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Melissa joined Room to Grow with extensive experience in community-based mental health and program development. Throughout her career, Melissa’s work has centered on promoting socio-emotional development and expansive learning environments for children living in communities affected by poverty. In addition to her work at Room to Grow, Melissa provides professional learning opportunities for NYC pre-K educators. Melissa was also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center where she co-directed clinical and community engagement efforts for ParentCorps, an evidence-based parenting program for families living in underserved communities. Melissa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-AnnaHolt" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AnnaHoltModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Anna Holt, PhD<br />Director of Evaluation &amp; Impact</p> <p>anna.holt@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow, Anna was the Director of Research and Evaluation for Tulsa Public Schools, an innovative public school district nationally recognized for its high-quality universal Pre-Kindergarten program and its organization-wide commitment to data-informed decision-making. She also served on the Operations Council for Impact Tulsa, a member of the Strive Together network of regional nonprofits using collective action to improve the lives of children from cradle to career. Anna is an alumna of the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research's Strategic Data Project Fellowship. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on how children develop early language, and the planning, problem-solving and self-regulation skills (executive functions) that are critical for later educational success. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego, and her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT. 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Current openings are posted below. For volunteer opportunities, please <a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/index.php/get-involved#volunteer">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#InvVolAsst">Inventory and Volunteer Assistant</a>, </strong><em>Room to Grow New York</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#bosintern"><strong>Development, Communications and Inventory Internships</strong></a><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#intern"></a><em>, Room to Grow Boston&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#specialeventsmanager">&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="accordion staff-section"> <p><strong><a name="InvVolAsst"></a>Inventory and Volunteer Assistant<em><br /></em></strong><em>Room to Grow New York</em></p> <p>The​ ​Inventory​ ​and​ ​Volunteer​ ​Assistant is a part time, 20 hour a week position that​ ​supports​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​in​ ​overseeing​ ​the​ ​distribution​ ​of material​ ​goods​ ​to​ ​enrolled​ ​Room​ ​to​ ​Grow​ ​families​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​volunteer​ ​groups​ ​that​ ​check,​ ​sort,​ ​and organize​ ​the​ ​inventory.​ ​The​ ​ideal​ ​team​ ​member​ ​is​ ​vibrant,​ ​incredibly​ ​detail​ ​oriented,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​independant worker,​ ​whose​ ​role​ ​includes​ ​ensuring​ ​the​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​inventory​ ​from​ ​donation​ ​to​ ​distribution​ ​remains​ ​smooth and​ ​timely.​ ​This​ ​requires​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​think​ ​on​ ​one's​ ​feet​ ​and​ ​anticipate​ ​the​ ​unexpected.​ ​This​ ​position reports​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​and​ ​collaborates​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Program​ ​Associate,​ ​External​ ​Relations Associate,​ ​and​ ​External​ ​Relations​ ​Coordinator​ ​as​ ​needed.</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities​ ​include,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Oversee​ ​the​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​inventory​ ​from​ ​donation​ ​intake​ ​through​ ​to​ ​client​ ​distribution <ul> <li>Collaborate​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Program​ ​Associate​ ​to​ ​hone​ ​receiving​ ​process​ ​of​ ​in-kind​ ​donations</li> <li>Assist​ ​donors​ ​with​ ​curbside​ ​drop-offs</li> <li>Maintain​ ​high​ ​level​ ​of​ ​quality​ ​for​ ​all​ ​accepted​ ​items</li> </ul> </li> <li>Restocking​ ​and​ ​organization​ ​of​ ​the​ ​boutique​ ​space <ul> <li>Ensure​ ​all​ ​"must​ ​have"​ ​items​ ​are​ ​in​ ​stock,​ ​alerting​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​of​ ​any​ ​shortages before​ ​they​ ​happen</li> <li>Regularly​ ​check​ ​and​ ​restock​ ​the​ ​clothing​ ​bins​ ​as​ ​needed</li> </ul> </li> <li>Organization​ ​of​ ​the​ ​overstock/volunteer​ ​space <ul> <li>Properly​ ​label​ ​and​ ​store​ ​all​ ​overstock​ ​items</li> <li>Prepare​ ​items​ ​for​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​from​ ​off-site​ ​storage​ ​location</li> <li>Creatively​ ​problem​ ​solve​ ​issues​ ​as​ ​they​ ​arise,​ ​always​ ​keeping​ ​RtG​ ​mission​ ​at​ ​forefront</li> </ul> </li> <li>Lead​ ​volunteer​ ​sessions <ul> <li>Welcome​ ​volunteer​ ​groups​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Family​ ​Center,​ ​introduce​ ​them​ ​to​ ​RtG​ ​program,​ ​and oversee​ ​checking​ ​and​ ​sorting​ ​projects​ ​1-3x​ ​a​ ​week</li> <li>Provide​ ​orientation​ ​and​ ​supervision​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​all​ ​volunteers​ ​are​ ​following​ ​proper procedures</li> <li>Build​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​volunteers​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​further​ ​engagement​ ​with​ ​RtG</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Excellent​ ​written​ ​and​ ​verbal​ ​communications​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail.</li> <li>Display​ ​professionalism​ ​and​ ​a​ ​high​ ​level​ ​of​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.</li> <li>Enthusiastic,​ ​engaging,​ ​and​ ​positive​ ​attitude.</li> <li>Superb​ ​time​ ​management​ ​and​ ​organizational​ ​skills,​ ​including​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​independently​ ​while contributing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​team.</li> <li>Ability​ ​to​ ​multitask​ ​and​ ​work​ ​well​ ​under​ ​pressure​ ​in​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​dynamic​ ​environment.</li> <li>A​ ​skilled​ ​public​ ​speaker​ ​who​ ​is​ ​confident​ ​leading​ ​groups​ ​of​ ​up​ ​to​ ​18​ ​volunteers.</li> <li>Ability​ ​to​ ​interact​ ​and​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​individuals​ ​including​ ​clients,​ ​students,​ ​high-level donors,​ ​and​ ​Board​ ​members.</li> <li>Effective​ ​listening​ ​skills​ ​with​ ​intellectual​ ​curiosity,​ ​honesty,​ ​and​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​levity.</li> <li>Able​ ​to​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​a​ ​set​ ​schedule​ ​including​ ​1-2​ ​Saturdays​ ​a​ ​month.</li> <li>Can​ ​lift​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​up​ ​to​ ​45​ ​pounds.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Education/Experience:</strong></p> <ul> <li>1-2​ ​years​ ​of​ ​working​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​and/or​ ​social​ ​service​ ​setting</li> <li>HS​ ​Diploma/GED;​ ​B.A.​ ​or​ ​B.S.​ ​a​ ​plus</li> <li>Excellent​ ​computer​ ​skills,​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​Salesforce​ ​or​ ​other​ ​CRM​ ​software,​ ​and​ ​merchandising experience​ ​with​ ​inventory​ ​tracking​ ​are​ ​big​ ​pluses</li> </ul> <p><strong>Compensation:</strong><br />Hourly​ ​rate​ ​will​ ​be​ ​competitive​ ​and​ ​commensurate​ ​with​ ​experience.​ ​Room​ ​to​ ​Grow​ ​is​ ​an​ ​equal​ ​opportunity employer​ ​and​ ​welcomes​ ​candidates​ ​from​ ​diverse​ ​backgrounds.</p> <p><strong>To Apply:</strong><br />Send​ ​cover​ ​letter​ ​and​ ​resume​ ​in​ ​PDF​ ​format​ ​to​ ​​resumes@roomtogrow.org​​ ​with​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​header"Inventory​ ​and​ ​Volunteer​ ​Assistant".​ ​No​ ​phone​ ​inquiries​ ​please.</p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#top">back to top</a></p> </div> <div class="accordion staff-section"> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <p><a name="intern" href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#top"></a><a name="bosintern"></a><strong>Development, Communications and Inventory Internships</strong><br /><em>Room to Grow Boston</em></p> <p>Room to Grow seeks summer interns interested in nonprofit management, programmatic operations, development, and communications. We will provide interns with a meaningfulexperience and hands-on training. We are looking for hard workers with a positive attitude and good organizational skills who are excited about helping families in need. Data analysis, social media, and/or graphic design skills a plus. Our goal is to provide a varied and broad-based experience across all functions of the organization.<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Responsibilities and activities include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support the inventory and volunteer program by working with volunteers, processing in-kind donations, stocking inventory, and helping to keep our family center space looking like a children's boutique.</li> <li>Provide Fundraising/Development support by researching funding opportunities and assisting with grants and donor management.</li> <li>Assist with social media, graphic design, and overall communications.</li> <li>Provide database management support.</li> <li>Provide event planning support.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Time Commitment:<br /></strong>Opportunities available during the summer (20 hours/week) and for the spring semester (8-12 hours/week).</p> <p>Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to <a href="mailto:infoboston@roomtogrow.org">infoboston@roomtogrow.org</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/#top">back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="social-section"> <div class="social-links"><a class="facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/RoomtoGrow" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">b</span></a> <a class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/RoomtoGrow_org" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">a</span></a> <a class="linkedin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/room-to-grow" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">j</span></a> <a class="youtube" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/roomtogrownational" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">r</span></a></div> <div class="join-mailing"><a class="join" href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=qgzub6bab&amp;p=oi&amp;m=1101560177872&amp;sit=jmpq9becb&amp;f=4da9e200-dc65-4f60-bb03-f41de72423ae" target="_blank">Join Our Mailing List</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="tab-section"> <div class="tab"> <div id="1-AllysonCraword" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="allysonCrawordModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Allyson Crawford<br />Executive Director</p> <p>allyson.crawford@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Driven by a passionate belief in the transformational potential of early childhood investments, Allyson Crawford joined Room to Grow in 2014 with robust experience in the K-12 education space and non­profit organizational leadership. She previously served as Managing Director at Citizen Schools New York where she led civic engagement, fundraising, and communications efforts. Over nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience and leadership, Allyson has enjoyed helping organizations to raise over $25M and to recruit thousands of volunteers. Allyson also has a background in corporate marketing and continuing professional education for adults. She began her career as a preschool teacher in her hometown of Boston and later on the West Coast as a Teach for America corps member in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin College, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Allyson enjoys speaking publicly about the importance of early childhood and nonprofit leadership and strategy; prior engagements include NYU Wagner, the Clinton Global Initiative, and iHeart Radio among others. She lives in New York with her husband, a special education teacher, who shares her disdain for the Yankees.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-BethanyBrichta" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="BethanyBrichtaModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Bethany Brichta<br />Senior Manager, External Relations</p> <p>bethany.brichta@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Bethany Brichta joined the New York team in July 2014. She comes to Room to Grow from Forestdale, a foster care a child welfare agency in Queens, where she served as the Senior Community Development Associate. Prior to Forestdale, Bethany interned with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="3-EuniceCruz" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EuniceCruzModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Eunice Cruz, CCLS, LMSW<br />Clinical Social Worker</p> <p>eunice.cruz@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Eunice has always been passionate about working with young children, in particular infants and toddlers. She received her B.S. from Utica College of Syracuse University with a dual degree in Psychology Child Life and Spanish Language/Literature. For over 8 years she worked as a Child Life Specialist in both the PICU and at an outpatient clinic. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, Eunice began work at The Brooklyn Hospital Center as their Family Program’s Social Worker. Her role included assisting HIV positive women through pregnancy, as well as provided supportive services to the hospital's Spanish speaking families. She looks forward to working with Room to Grow families, guiding them through the exciting first years of their child's life. In her spare time, Eunice practices Capoiera (Brazilian martial arts) and loves to cook.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="4-LeslieDuran" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LeslieDuranModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Leslie Duran<br />Manager, Business Development &amp; Operations</p> <p>leslie.duran@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow, Leslie spent five years in a myriad of management positions at the Waldorf Astoria, primarily focused on event management. Her doula training coupled with her community work with pregnant women &amp; new mothers has led her to the nonprofit sector. Leslie holds a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="5-AmandaFerguson" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AmandaFergusonModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Amanda Ferguson, LCSW<br />Clinical Team Lead</p> <p>amanda.ferguson@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Amanda joined Room to Grow in November 2014, bringing extensive experience providing clinical support and resource connection to women, children, and families who are affected by poverty. Her prior experience at Mount Sinai included engaging families in the pediatric emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, and several years in the prenatal care units. Amanda has participated in collection of data to support grant-related programmatic design, and she presented in the International Social Work Conference in 2013. Her undergraduate studies completed in Amherst, MA, with a BA in social justice and advanced graduate ABA training at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="6-MarissaGernett" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="MarissaGernettModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Marissa Gernett, LMSW<br />Clinical Social Worker</p> <p>marissa.gernett@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Marissa joined the Room to Grow clinical team in November 2016. She completed her undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University with BAs in Psychology and Jewish Studies and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University as well as advanced graduate training in ABA. Marissa has an extensive knowledge of child development, family counseling, and NYC early childhood programs.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="7-JoannaGroccia" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="JoannaGrocciaModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Joanna Groccia<br />Coordinator, Program &amp; Administration</p> <p>joanna.groccia@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Joanna joined Room to Grow in August 2014 as Operations Associate&nbsp;and transitioned to her role as Coordinator, Program and Administration in March 2016. Prior to joining the team, Joanna was a student at Fordham University where she graduated with a double Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and International Political Economy.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="8-KimberlyGuzman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="KimberlyGuzmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Kimberly Guzman<br />Associate, External Relations</p> <p>kimberly.guzman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow in the summer of 2016, Kim worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, where she taught Japanese elementary school children basic grammar and American culture. After her time in Japan, in addition to her internship at Doctors Without Borders, she realized she had a deep passion for the non-profit sector and became interested in exploring the Development field. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in International Relations and Asian Languages and Cultures.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="10-AkilahKing" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AkilahKingModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Akilah King<br />Senior Manager, Development &amp; Program Operations</p> <p>akilah.king@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Akilah joins the Room to Grow team with experience in non-profit development and clinical research. As the co-founder of the young professionals committee at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), she successfully and innovatively raised funds, established programs, and created numerous annual publications for the organization, which provides orthopedic care to children in Africa. She also spent several years at the Hospital for Special Surgery as a clinical research coordinator and, more recently, served as the Grants and Public Policy Graduate Intern at Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. Akilah holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="11-AllisonLuciano" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AllisonLucianoModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Allison Luciano<br />Site Coordinator, Family Center</p> <p>allison.luciano@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Allison joined the Room to Grow team in December 2016 as Site Coordinator. She comes to this position after being a Store Manager at Uniqlo’s 5th Avenue location where she worked extensively with inventory planning and management. Prior to this, Allison worked as an Intake Interviewer with Esperanza NY, an intensive therapeutic alternative to incarceration for juvenile delinquents in the NYC court system. While earning her BA from NYU in Metropolitan Studies, Allison spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer and a summer as a volunteer through Amigos de las americas in rural Nicaragua.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="12-RaulMoran" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="RaulMoranModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Raul Moran<br />Associate, Program &amp; Administration</p> <p>raul.moran@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Raul joined Room to Grow in June of 2016 as the Program and Administrative Associate. He holds a B.A. from Lehman College in Human Resource and Marketing. Prior to joining Room to Grow, he interned at City Year of New York where they are working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="13-SarahNylund" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="SarahNylundModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Sarah Nylund<br />Coordinator, External Relations</p> <p>sarah.nylund@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow as Coordinator of External Relations in the summer of 2017, Sarah spent 3 months studying Spanish and working as a Manager at Medical Electives, a clinical rotation and language school in Peru. Before heading abroad, Sarah worked as a Program Manager in Adult Education at New York Cares, a volunteer management organization that provides free volunteer-run programs to the greater NYC community. Her year of volunteer experience in Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation led her to pursue work in the nonprofit sector and discover her passion for community organizing and programmatic planning. She graduated with honors from Susquehanna University with a degree in Biology.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- Boston --> <div id="1-AllysonCraword" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="allysonCrawordModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Allyson Crawford<br />Acting Executive Director</p> <p>allyson.crawford@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Driven by a passionate belief in the transformational potential of early childhood investments, Allyson Crawford joined Room to Grow in 2014 with robust experience in the K-12 education space and non­profit organizational leadership. She previously served as Managing Director at Citizen Schools New York where she led civic engagement, fundraising, and communications efforts. Over nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience and leadership, Allyson has enjoyed helping organizations to raise over $25M and to recruit thousands of volunteers. Allyson also has a background in corporate marketing and continuing professional education for adults. She began her career as a preschool teacher in her hometown of Boston and later on the West Coast as a Teach for America corps member in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin College, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Allyson enjoys speaking publicly about the importance of early childhood and nonprofit leadership and strategy; prior engagements include NYU Wagner, the Clinton Global Initiative, and iHeart Radio among others. She lives in New York with her husband, a special education teacher, who shares her disdain for the Yankees.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-LauraBabey" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LauraBabeyModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Laura Babey<br />Manager Institutional Giving</p> <p>laura.babey@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Laura Babey joined Room to Grow in 2017, after working in the development office at Boston Children's Hospital for six years and, prior to that, a number of development internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital while an undergrad at Denison University in Columbus, OH. After completing her Masters in Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University, Laura sought to bring her professional focus to a smaller scale organization where fundraising can have a tangible and immediate impact on the populations served. Laura is passionate about the synergy between institutions and the community, and strongly believes in the symbiotic relationship they can have to lift each other to success. Laura lives in Boston and enjoys cooking and crafting in her free time.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="3-LauraBailey" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LauraBaileyModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Laura Bull Bailey<br />Manager of Business Development &amp; Operations</p> <p>laura.bailey@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Laura joined Room to Grow in 2017 after a career in finance and corporate strategy. She worked at Merrill Lynch in New York in the Corporate Strategy group where she managed internal consulting projects for Merrill’s executive management team. Coordinating with multiple stakeholders, she conducted institutional and retail product and market analyses and advised on international acquisitions. Prior to that, she worked in investment banking at Merrill and in commercial real estate investment at a boutique investment firm. She made the switch to the nonprofit sector based on her desire to use her skills to help others in need in a meaningful way, and is thrilled to be working to advance Room to Grow’s important mission. She has held numerous volunteer leadership positions at schools and community institutions in the Boston area. Laura is on the Board of Incorporators at Beaver Country Day School and the Board of Directors of Winchester Parent to Parent. She has an MBA from Columbia University and is a cum laude graduate of Middlebury College.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="4-EmilyEpstein" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EmilyEpsteinModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Emily Epstein<br />Director of Communications &amp; Community Relations</p> <p>emily.epstein@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Before joining Room to Grow, Emily worked as a Marketing Consultant helping technology companies identify new market opportunities, effectively address their competition, guide strategic planning and better serve their customers. Prior to that she held various senior marketing roles at EMC, Sudbury Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation. As an active volunteer with Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM), she chaired their Marketing and PR committee helping to raise awareness and increase donations of goods. With a desire to utilize her skills in an organization whose mission she feels passionate about, Emily joined Room to Grow in 2014. Emily has a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="5-BeccaFeldman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="BeccaFeldmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Becca Feldman<br />Program &amp; Administrative Associate</p> <p>becca.feldman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Becca comes to Room to Grow with tremendous passion for community service and engagement, and a particular interest in children, youth, and bilingual education. She was a Sociology and Spanish double-major at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and has participated in many meaningful internships and community service projects working with children and youth both locally and internationally. Most recently, Becca spent the past year working as the Community Service Program Coordinator for her alma mater. Originally from Newton and having recently returned to the Boston area, Becca is excited to join the Room to Grow team. In her free time, Becca is an avid traveler and also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, roller blading, or relaxing at the beach.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="6-RebeccaFreedman" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="RebeccaFreedmanModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Rebecca Freedman, LICSW<br />Social Worker</p> <p>rebecca.freedman@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Rebecca received her B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked as a clinician with all ages, from birth to adulthood. Prior to joining Room to Grow in 2008, she worked in many different clinical environments including addiction services and most recently at a Head Start affiliated preschool where she provided resources to parents and play therapy to children ages 3-5. She lives in Boston with her husband Jeff and two young daughters, Maya and Sadie.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="7-AlisonJHay" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AlisonJHayModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Alison J. Hay<br />Director of Development</p> <p>ali.hay@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Before joining Room to Grow in 2015, Ali worked in development at Northeastern University, reconnecting engineering alumni with their alma mater in Boston, New York City, and the Carolinas. Prior to Northeastern, Ali was part of the team at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts that successfully raised more than $32 million in support of the diocese's first major campaign effort in almost a decade. Her time as a Development Consultant brought her to various cities across the country to lead fundraising initiatives. Ali earned her B.S. in Arts Administration from Wagner College. In her time away from the office, she practices calligraphy, shares a love of cider by leading tours at Downeast Cider House, and travels.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="8-PatriciaHunter" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="PatriciaHunterModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Patricia Hunter<br />Site Coordinator</p> <p>patricia.hunter@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Patricia joined Room to Grow in July 2015 after graduating from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During her time as an undergraduate, Patricia volunteered with Room to Grow and became moved and inspired by the dedication Room to Grow has to the local Boston community. She is excited to work with volunteers and share her passion for the organization’s mission.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="9-EmmaMilford" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="EmmaMilfordModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Emma Milford<br />Community Relations Associate</p> <p>emma.milford@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Emma joined Room to Grow in July of 2017 shortly after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in International and Area Studies, and minors in Children’s Studies and Global Health and Environment. Inspired by her summer internship with Room to Grow in 2016, her semester abroad in South Africa, and her research on the importance of reducing toxic stress in the home to promote life-long benefits, Emma is eager to make a difference for babies being raised in poverty in Boston. In her free time, Emma is a competitive equestrian and a skilled baker.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="10-LaurenRogers" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="LaurenRogersModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Lauren Rogers<br />Development Associate</p> <p>lauren.rogers@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Lauren joined Room to Grow in August 2016 shortly after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in History and minor in Journalism. During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren was heavily involved in the nonprofit community in Chicago, volunteering at several animal welfare organizations and conducting a year-long social justice research project on dog fighting. After realizing her passion for the social sector, Lauren returned to Boston and completed an 11-week nonprofit fellowship program with New Sector Alliance, sparking her interest in the Development field. In her spare time, Lauren loves to explore new places, golf with her dad, and hang out with her 11-year-old pup Sophie.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="11-SusanStewart-Bermon" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="SusanStewart-BermonModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Susan Stewart-Bermon, LICSW<br />Clinical Team Lead</p> <p>susan.stewart-bermon@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Susan is dedicated to a family centered perspective that all people have strengths and are experts in their own lives. She is passionate about working with families to support healthy birth outcomes and child development. Susan has held complex and diverse social work positions within the field of maternal health and mental health, including the City of Boston's maternal public health home visiting program for pregnant and parenting families, 0-5, as well as Brigham and Women's Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. She received her MSW from Simmons College in Boston and her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="12-NancyVillaMeyers" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="NancyVillaMeyersModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Nancy Villa Meyers, LMHC<br />Social Worker</p> <p>nancy.villameyers@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Nancy joined the Room to Grow team in May, 2017. She is a bilingual speaker who has worked primarily with Spanish speaking families in the Greater Boston area. Prior to working at Room to Grow, she was an In-home Therapist at the Justice Resource Institute providing Spanish speaking families with home based family therapy using a trauma informed model, crisis intervention, treatment planning and assessments. Nancy’s passion resides in trauma work as well as the integration of mind and body working as one entity. Her approach aligns with client centered, psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Nancy has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in trauma studies from Lesley University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <!-- National --> <div id="1-MelissaCaldwell" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="MelissaCaldwellModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Melissa Caldwell, PhD<br />Director, Curriculum Integration</p> <p>melissa.caldwell@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Melissa joined Room to Grow with extensive experience in community-based mental health and program development. Throughout her career, Melissa’s work has centered on promoting socio-emotional development and expansive learning environments for children living in communities affected by poverty. In addition to her work at Room to Grow, Melissa provides professional learning opportunities for NYC pre-K educators. Melissa was also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center where she co-directed clinical and community engagement efforts for ParentCorps, an evidence-based parenting program for families living in underserved communities. Melissa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University.</p> </div> <div class="modal-footer"><button class="btn btn-default" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">Close</button></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="2-AnnaHolt" class="modal fade"> <div class="modal-dialog"> <div class="modal-content"> <div class="modal-header"><button class="close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span>×</span><span class="sr-only">Close</span></button> <h4 id="AnnaHoltModalLabel" class="modal-title">Bio</h4> </div> <div class="modal-body"> <p class="text-bold">Anna Holt, PhD<br />Director of Evaluation &amp; Impact</p> <p>anna.holt@roomtogrow.org</p> <p>Prior to joining Room to Grow, Anna was the Director of Research and Evaluation for Tulsa Public Schools, an innovative public school district nationally recognized for its high-quality universal Pre-Kindergarten program and its organization-wide commitment to data-informed decision-making. She also served on the Operations Council for Impact Tulsa, a member of the Strive Together network of regional nonprofits using collective action to improve the lives of children from cradle to career. Anna is an alumna of the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research's Strategic Data Project Fellowship. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on how children develop early language, and the planning, problem-solving and self-regulation skills (executive functions) that are critical for later educational success. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego, and her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT. 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Current openings are posted below. For volunteer opportunities, please <a href="index.php/get-involved#volunteer">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="#InvVolAsst">Inventory and Volunteer Assistant</a>, </strong><em>Room to Grow New York</em></p> <p><a href="#bosintern"><strong>Development, Communications and Inventory Internships</strong></a><a href="#intern"></a><em>, Room to Grow Boston&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="#specialeventsmanager">&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="accordion staff-section"> <p><strong><a name="InvVolAsst"></a>Inventory and Volunteer Assistant<em><br /></em></strong><em>Room to Grow New York</em></p> <p>The​ ​Inventory​ ​and​ ​Volunteer​ ​Assistant is a part time, 20 hour a week position that​ ​supports​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​in​ ​overseeing​ ​the​ ​distribution​ ​of material​ ​goods​ ​to​ ​enrolled​ ​Room​ ​to​ ​Grow​ ​families​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​volunteer​ ​groups​ ​that​ ​check,​ ​sort,​ ​and organize​ ​the​ ​inventory.​ ​The​ ​ideal​ ​team​ ​member​ ​is​ ​vibrant,​ ​incredibly​ ​detail​ ​oriented,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​independant worker,​ ​whose​ ​role​ ​includes​ ​ensuring​ ​the​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​inventory​ ​from​ ​donation​ ​to​ ​distribution​ ​remains​ ​smooth and​ ​timely.​ ​This​ ​requires​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​think​ ​on​ ​one's​ ​feet​ ​and​ ​anticipate​ ​the​ ​unexpected.​ ​This​ ​position reports​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​and​ ​collaborates​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Program​ ​Associate,​ ​External​ ​Relations Associate,​ ​and​ ​External​ ​Relations​ ​Coordinator​ ​as​ ​needed.</p> <p><strong>Responsibilities​ ​include,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Oversee​ ​the​ ​flow​ ​of​ ​inventory​ ​from​ ​donation​ ​intake​ ​through​ ​to​ ​client​ ​distribution <ul> <li>Collaborate​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Program​ ​Associate​ ​to​ ​hone​ ​receiving​ ​process​ ​of​ ​in-kind​ ​donations</li> <li>Assist​ ​donors​ ​with​ ​curbside​ ​drop-offs</li> <li>Maintain​ ​high​ ​level​ ​of​ ​quality​ ​for​ ​all​ ​accepted​ ​items</li> </ul> </li> <li>Restocking​ ​and​ ​organization​ ​of​ ​the​ ​boutique​ ​space <ul> <li>Ensure​ ​all​ ​"must​ ​have"​ ​items​ ​are​ ​in​ ​stock,​ ​alerting​ ​the​ ​Site​ ​Coordinator​ ​of​ ​any​ ​shortages before​ ​they​ ​happen</li> <li>Regularly​ ​check​ ​and​ ​restock​ ​the​ ​clothing​ ​bins​ ​as​ ​needed</li> </ul> </li> <li>Organization​ ​of​ ​the​ ​overstock/volunteer​ ​space <ul> <li>Properly​ ​label​ ​and​ ​store​ ​all​ ​overstock​ ​items</li> <li>Prepare​ ​items​ ​for​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​from​ ​off-site​ ​storage​ ​location</li> <li>Creatively​ ​problem​ ​solve​ ​issues​ ​as​ ​they​ ​arise,​ ​always​ ​keeping​ ​RtG​ ​mission​ ​at​ ​forefront</li> </ul> </li> <li>Lead​ ​volunteer​ ​sessions <ul> <li>Welcome​ ​volunteer​ ​groups​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Family​ ​Center,​ ​introduce​ ​them​ ​to​ ​RtG​ ​program,​ ​and oversee​ ​checking​ ​and​ ​sorting​ ​projects​ ​1-3x​ ​a​ ​week</li> <li>Provide​ ​orientation​ ​and​ ​supervision​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​all​ ​volunteers​ ​are​ ​following​ ​proper procedures</li> <li>Build​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​volunteers​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​further​ ​engagement​ ​with​ ​RtG</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Excellent​ ​written​ ​and​ ​verbal​ ​communications​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail.</li> <li>Display​ ​professionalism​ ​and​ ​a​ ​high​ ​level​ ​of​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.</li> <li>Enthusiastic,​ ​engaging,​ ​and​ ​positive​ ​attitude.</li> <li>Superb​ ​time​ ​management​ ​and​ ​organizational​ ​skills,​ ​including​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​independently​ ​while contributing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​team.</li> <li>Ability​ ​to​ ​multitask​ ​and​ ​work​ ​well​ ​under​ ​pressure​ ​in​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​dynamic​ ​environment.</li> <li>A​ ​skilled​ ​public​ ​speaker​ ​who​ ​is​ ​confident​ ​leading​ ​groups​ ​of​ ​up​ ​to​ ​18​ ​volunteers.</li> <li>Ability​ ​to​ ​interact​ ​and​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​individuals​ ​including​ ​clients,​ ​students,​ ​high-level donors,​ ​and​ ​Board​ ​members.</li> <li>Effective​ ​listening​ ​skills​ ​with​ ​intellectual​ ​curiosity,​ ​honesty,​ ​and​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​levity.</li> <li>Able​ ​to​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​a​ ​set​ ​schedule​ ​including​ ​1-2​ ​Saturdays​ ​a​ ​month.</li> <li>Can​ ​lift​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​up​ ​to​ ​45​ ​pounds.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Education/Experience:</strong></p> <ul> <li>1-2​ ​years​ ​of​ ​working​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​and/or​ ​social​ ​service​ ​setting</li> <li>HS​ ​Diploma/GED;​ ​B.A.​ ​or​ ​B.S.​ ​a​ ​plus</li> <li>Excellent​ ​computer​ ​skills,​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​Salesforce​ ​or​ ​other​ ​CRM​ ​software,​ ​and​ ​merchandising experience​ ​with​ ​inventory​ ​tracking​ ​are​ ​big​ ​pluses</li> </ul> <p><strong>Compensation:</strong><br />Hourly​ ​rate​ ​will​ ​be​ ​competitive​ ​and​ ​commensurate​ ​with​ ​experience.​ ​Room​ ​to​ ​Grow​ ​is​ ​an​ ​equal​ ​opportunity employer​ ​and​ ​welcomes​ ​candidates​ ​from​ ​diverse​ ​backgrounds.</p> <p><strong>To Apply:</strong><br />Send​ ​cover​ ​letter​ ​and​ ​resume​ ​in​ ​PDF​ ​format​ ​to​ ​​resumes@roomtogrow.org​​ ​with​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​header"Inventory​ ​and​ ​Volunteer​ ​Assistant".​ ​No​ ​phone​ ​inquiries​ ​please.</p> <p><a href="#top">back to top</a></p> </div> <div class="accordion staff-section"> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <p><a name="intern" href="#top"></a><a name="bosintern"></a><strong>Development, Communications and Inventory Internships</strong><br /><em>Room to Grow Boston</em></p> <p>Room to Grow seeks summer interns interested in nonprofit management, programmatic operations, development, and communications. We will provide interns with a meaningfulexperience and hands-on training. We are looking for hard workers with a positive attitude and good organizational skills who are excited about helping families in need. Data analysis, social media, and/or graphic design skills a plus. Our goal is to provide a varied and broad-based experience across all functions of the organization.<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Responsibilities and activities include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support the inventory and volunteer program by working with volunteers, processing in-kind donations, stocking inventory, and helping to keep our family center space looking like a children's boutique.</li> <li>Provide Fundraising/Development support by researching funding opportunities and assisting with grants and donor management.</li> <li>Assist with social media, graphic design, and overall communications.</li> <li>Provide database management support.</li> <li>Provide event planning support.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Time Commitment:<br /></strong>Opportunities available during the summer (20 hours/week) and for the spring semester (8-12 hours/week).</p> <p>Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to <a href="mailto:infoboston@roomtogrow.org">infoboston@roomtogrow.org</a></p> <p><a href="#top">back to top</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="social-section"> <div class="social-links"><a class="facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/RoomtoGrow" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">b</span></a> <a class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/RoomtoGrow_org" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">a</span></a> <a class="linkedin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/room-to-grow" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">j</span></a> <a class="youtube" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/roomtogrownational" target="_blank"><span class="socicon">r</span></a></div> <div class="join-mailing"><a class="join" href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=qgzub6bab&amp;p=oi&amp;m=1101560177872&amp;sit=jmpq9becb&amp;f=4da9e200-dc65-4f60-bb03-f41de72423ae" target="_blank">Join Our Mailing List</a></div> </div> </div> History 2014-09-12T21:00:55+00:00 2014-09-12T21:00:55+00:00 http://www.roomtogrow.org/about-us/history.html <div class="tab-section"> <div class="tab"> <p>

History

</p> <p>Room to Grow was founded in 1998 by Julie Burns. That fall, Julie opened Room to Grow as its sole staff person in a 500-square foot storefront space in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Room to Grow would be a place, utterly unique in concept, committed to supporting the fundamental needs of babies born into poverty during their first three years.</p> <p>Since our founding, Room to Grow has grown significantly. Today, Room to Grow has two sites, one in New York and one in Boston. The New York site relocated from East Harlem to a the Flatiron district in 2001, and moved to our current home at 7 West 30th Street in 2016 in preparation for future growth in New York City.&nbsp;The Boston site opened in 2004. Occupying a 6,900 square-foot space in the Back Bay neighborhood, Boston has grown its capacity over the years from 50 children and their families in 2005 to a planned client capacity of 450 by the end of 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>

Letter From Our Founder

</p> <p>Dear Friends:</p> <p>At some time or another, many of us come to the realization that the world is profoundly divided, always highlighting the differences among people, driving a wedge between us all, forcing us to retreat to the apparent safety of our small circle of family, friends, and associates. We see these divisions everywhere — rich-poor, male-female, young-old-and wonder how to escape the symbolic poverty these stances suggest.</p> <p>We yearn for a sustaining vision that reconciles these contradictions; a vision that sees both sides of things in a unified whole. But few of us go beyond the wishing and the hoping state. Few of us risk what is required to do the hard work: to see the similarities in each other, and to build the structures necessary to heal the damage done in lasting ways.</p> <p>Our own sense of survival forces us to spend most of our waking hours looking out for ourselves. And as we do, something is lost in us and in those without resources of any kind to protect and heal themselves. It is axiomatic that our children are often the ones most at risk and we salute anyone who, in the trajectory of their own lives, takes time out to help them.</p> <p>At Room to Grow, we have tried to take the risk, to devote the energy, and to overcome the voices that whisper to each of us to just let nature take its course — dedicating ourselves to trying to meet the needs of children in poverty, those least able to help themselves. We have done so out of a profound sense that these babies deserve what we wish for our own children, that we as a society are enriched, in the best sense of that word, when we help to lift the most helpless around us; that in shared sacrifice, we make ourselves, all of us, better, healthier, with a brighter future.</p> <p>We see Room to Grow as a ray of light and hope, a living organism committed to ending the darkness those children born into poverty often experience. Come and visit us and see Room to Grow; not just the brightly colored shelves filled with the clothes, books, toys and other material things necessary for a healthy start in life, but the residue of hope for the future that Room to Grow also represents. And it seems that this hope is not only for the children we care for, but for all of us who benefit in the face and fact of our collective selflessness and dedication.</p> <p>Won’t you help us? It doesn’t take that much time, that much energy, that many resources. But it will help Room to Grow grow. In that way we can multiply the good we endeavor to create each day with our clients and continue to provide the care and love not only they, but we all require.</p> <p>Julie Burns, CSW</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>

About Our Founder

</p> <p>Julie Burns founded Room to Grow in 1998.&nbsp;Prior to that, Julie worked as a psychotherapist in the child and adolescent division of the Karen Horney Clinic in New York. It was at Karen Horney where she developed the concept for Room to Grow, recognizing the profound need to help soon-to-be parents living in poverty, and provide them with the direct support and resources for their children from the very beginning.</p> <p>Julie received her master's degree in social work from New York University and graduated with a BA in art history from the University of Michigan. Before embarking on a career in social work, Julie worked in the Old Master Painting department at Christie's, the auction house, in New York.&nbsp;</p> <p>Julie divides her time between New York City and Walpole, NH with her husband Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, and their&nbsp;two&nbsp;daughters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>
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History

</p> <p>Room to Grow was founded in 1998 by Julie Burns. That fall, Julie opened Room to Grow as its sole staff person in a 500-square foot storefront space in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Room to Grow would be a place, utterly unique in concept, committed to supporting the fundamental needs of babies born into poverty during their first three years.</p> <p>Since our founding, Room to Grow has grown significantly. Today, Room to Grow has two sites, one in New York and one in Boston. The New York site relocated from East Harlem to a the Flatiron district in 2001, and moved to our current home at 7 West 30th Street in 2016 in preparation for future growth in New York City.&nbsp;The Boston site opened in 2004. Occupying a 6,900 square-foot space in the Back Bay neighborhood, Boston has grown its capacity over the years from 50 children and their families in 2005 to a planned client capacity of 450 by the end of 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>

Letter From Our Founder

</p> <p>Dear Friends:</p> <p>At some time or another, many of us come to the realization that the world is profoundly divided, always highlighting the differences among people, driving a wedge between us all, forcing us to retreat to the apparent safety of our small circle of family, friends, and associates. We see these divisions everywhere — rich-poor, male-female, young-old-and wonder how to escape the symbolic poverty these stances suggest.</p> <p>We yearn for a sustaining vision that reconciles these contradictions; a vision that sees both sides of things in a unified whole. But few of us go beyond the wishing and the hoping state. Few of us risk what is required to do the hard work: to see the similarities in each other, and to build the structures necessary to heal the damage done in lasting ways.</p> <p>Our own sense of survival forces us to spend most of our waking hours looking out for ourselves. And as we do, something is lost in us and in those without resources of any kind to protect and heal themselves. It is axiomatic that our children are often the ones most at risk and we salute anyone who, in the trajectory of their own lives, takes time out to help them.</p> <p>At Room to Grow, we have tried to take the risk, to devote the energy, and to overcome the voices that whisper to each of us to just let nature take its course — dedicating ourselves to trying to meet the needs of children in poverty, those least able to help themselves. We have done so out of a profound sense that these babies deserve what we wish for our own children, that we as a society are enriched, in the best sense of that word, when we help to lift the most helpless around us; that in shared sacrifice, we make ourselves, all of us, better, healthier, with a brighter future.</p> <p>We see Room to Grow as a ray of light and hope, a living organism committed to ending the darkness those children born into poverty often experience. Come and visit us and see Room to Grow; not just the brightly colored shelves filled with the clothes, books, toys and other material things necessary for a healthy start in life, but the residue of hope for the future that Room to Grow also represents. And it seems that this hope is not only for the children we care for, but for all of us who benefit in the face and fact of our collective selflessness and dedication.</p> <p>Won’t you help us? It doesn’t take that much time, that much energy, that many resources. But it will help Room to Grow grow. In that way we can multiply the good we endeavor to create each day with our clients and continue to provide the care and love not only they, but we all require.</p> <p>Julie Burns, CSW</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>

About Our Founder

</p> <p>Julie Burns founded Room to Grow in 1998.&nbsp;Prior to that, Julie worked as a psychotherapist in the child and adolescent division of the Karen Horney Clinic in New York. It was at Karen Horney where she developed the concept for Room to Grow, recognizing the profound need to help soon-to-be parents living in poverty, and provide them with the direct support and resources for their children from the very beginning.</p> <p>Julie received her master's degree in social work from New York University and graduated with a BA in art history from the University of Michigan. Before embarking on a career in social work, Julie worked in the Old Master Painting department at Christie's, the auction house, in New York.&nbsp;</p> <p>Julie divides her time between New York City and Walpole, NH with her husband Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, and their&nbsp;two&nbsp;daughters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>
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Mission

</p> <p><br />Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents are referred to Room to Grow by a network of prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, families visit Room to Grow's warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff social workers, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.</p> <p>

Locations

</p> <p><br />Room to Grow serves families raising babies in poverty in two locations; New York City and Boston. Founded in New York in 1998, the organization opened its Boston office in 2004. Each location partners with its local community for support, volunteers and client referrals.</p> <p>

Financial Highlights

</p> <p><br /><a name="financials"></a>Download our most recent <a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/images/pdfs/EfileForm990PublicCopy123116FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">IRS 990</a> and <a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/images/pdfs/FinStmts123116Final.pdf" target="_blank">audited financial statements</a>.</p> <p>Download the prior year's <a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/images/pdfs/2015_990_Final_Room_to_Grow.pdf" target="_blank">IRS 990</a> and <a href="http://www.roomtogrow.org/images/pdfs/2015_Audited_Financial_Statements_Room_to_Grow.pdf" target="_blank">audited financial statements</a>.</p> <p>
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Mission

</p> <p><br />Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents are referred to Room to Grow by a network of prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, families visit Room to Grow's warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff social workers, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.</p> <p>

Locations

</p> <p><br />Room to Grow serves families raising babies in poverty in two locations; New York City and Boston. Founded in New York in 1998, the organization opened its Boston office in 2004. Each location partners with its local community for support, volunteers and client referrals.</p> <p>

Financial Highlights

</p> <p><br /><a name="financials"></a>Download our most recent <a href="images/pdfs/EfileForm990PublicCopy123116FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">IRS 990</a> and <a href="images/pdfs/FinStmts123116Final.pdf" target="_blank">audited financial statements</a>.</p> <p>Download the prior year's <a href="images/pdfs/2015_990_Final_Room_to_Grow.pdf" target="_blank">IRS 990</a> and <a href="images/pdfs/2015_Audited_Financial_Statements_Room_to_Grow.pdf" target="_blank">audited financial statements</a>.</p> <p>
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