CEO Blog: Civic Engagement
Each week, I read the Here’s What’s Happening on Twitter email digest. But, this week’s email could just as easily been titled Here’s What’s Happening in America’s Neighborhoods.
Alliance for Children and Families member Cincinnati Union Bethel recently tweeted a Cincinnati Enquirer editorial that discusses a longstanding issue between the agency and Fortune 500 Company Western & Southern. … more
Since rejoining the Families International group of organizations in January, I have challenged our staff to think of ways we, as an interconnected group of organizations, can increase our impact-generating capacity by collaborating widely and partnering deeply.
Due to factors that include the long-term effects of this great recession, I believe that if we come through this time stronger and more impactful, history will show it was due to whether or not we embraced the concept of “shared governance” (or shared leadership/shared power) within our agencies, through our partnerships across disciplines and sectors, and with the millions of people we serve each day. … more
Earlier this month, I joined 50 executives from Alliance and United Neighborhood Centers of America member organizations in San Antonio for the Alliance Executive Leadership Conference. From there, I went to Albany, N.Y., where I participated in the strategic planning kickoff for the affiliation between Alliance members Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child and Parent Center.
These two dynamic organizations are affiliating for what promises to be a very strategic and impactful opportunity for the children, families, and communities they serve. The resulting organization will be called Northern Rivers Family Services. … more
As the frenzied election season continues to gain steam throughout the spring and summer, it is essential that we, as a network, ask all candidates—national, state, and local—to respond to questions that matter to the communities we serve.
We have an obligation to educate candidates about the issues important to our communities and make sure they understand who we are. Imagine if candidates viewed our network not as 500 organizations serving vulnerable children and families, but 500 organizations serving millions of voters. … more
The Alliance is proud to be a part of an exciting new effort by several members of Congress to shape a long term legislative strategy to address the needs of children and youth in foster care.
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) have formed the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus. On Tuesday, Feb. 28 the caucus kicked off a national listening tour with a day of events on Capitol Hill. The Alliance is an official partner for the listening tour. … more
About the Author
Susan Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance and its parent holding company, Families International. In her capacity as president and CEO of Families International, she is CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America and Ways to Work. Immediately preceding this role, she was secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She also previously was senior vice president and COO of the Alliance and Families International.