Board Installation Coincides with CYC’s Fifth Anniversary



Matt Billings
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PROVIDENCE – A diverse slate of 11 new Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) board members will join sustaining member, Providence Public School District Superintendent Susan F. Lusi, in launching their respective two-year terms at the nonprofit organization’s semi-annual convening and five-year anniversary celebration at 10:30 a.m. on April 17 at the Rhode Island Foundation, announced Rebecca Boxx, CYC director. 

New members range from a senior executive at the United Way of Rhode Island to the CEO of a Providence-based startup company. Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, a senior leader from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and executives from CYC partner organizations will attend the event.

The new, all-volunteer board of the CYC – a cross-sector coalition of 150 members and 60 children and youth serving organizations – includes:

Jason Becker – director of Data, Allovue (education technology)

Garry Bliss – director of Government and External Relations, The Providence Center

Magali Garcia-Pletsch – program coordinator, Feinstein Institute for Public Service, Providence College

Daniel Gertrudes – chief executive officer, GrowthLab

Adam Greenman – executive vice president, United Way of R.I.

Angela Romans – co-director, District and Systems Transformation, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Dulari Tahbildar – executive director, Breakthrough Providence

Jessie Watrous – senior associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ray Watson – executive director, Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association

The recently appointed at-large board members join members representing the following organizations and groups: 

Providence Public Schools –Superintendent Susan Lusi

Evidence2Success Community Partnership Table – Winsome Stone, R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families

Children and Youth Cabinet Committee Chairs – Dana Borelli-Murray, executive director, Highlander Institute

Launched in 2010, the CYC was founded to improve the coordination of services for Providence’s children and youth and is designed to ensure that all Providence students will have access to a coordinated, collaborative, integrated system of educational, social, physical and behavioral health services from cradle to career. 

The CYC operates within the Collective Impact framework, i.e., the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

The CYC is housed at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, the CYC’s anchor institution.