Charles brings over 20 years of experience in child welfare and mental health. He is the founding Executive Director of Boston CASA.
During his seven-year tenure, Boston CASA increased revenue from $60,000 to over $800,000, volunteers from 33 to 175, and children with advocates from 60 to 225. His previous work has included leading the first LGBTQ foster-to-permanency program in California as well as teaching at multiple universities including California State University- East Bay and Harvard University. He holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
Charles is a previous foster youth and an adoptive father. His son had a CASA and she’s still in their lives close to a decade later. He hopes to elevate the CASA network across the Massachusetts and support local programs across the state to reach their goals.
Charles believes that foster care, as we know it, does not work for children, their families, or society. As a matter of fact, the system is harmful and unjust. He plans to leverage his role as State Director of Boston CASA to be a catalyst for change, including bringing greater dignity and humanity to the system. Stay tuned for regular communications from Charles. He welcomes messages at .
After working 10 years in the Insurance industry, the tragic death of their 13 year old son, Steven, October 4, 2007, to gun violence brought Kim to the work of violence prevention and intervention. In 2013, Kim joined Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing), as a Field Director, a public health and public safety program of Citizens for Safety addressing the exploitation of women and girls in gun trafficking. In 2008, Kim joined the Boston Public Health Commission’s Division of Violence Prevention and served as a Family Support Coordinator with the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) of the Boston Medical Center. Kim has had featured roles in national conferences sponsored by the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Conference of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Kim is an avid supporter of the Restorative Justice practice and has participated in the annual Restorative Justice Responsibility Retreat conference at MCI Norfolk prison. Kim now works with her husband honoring their son’s legacy to develop The SPOT for Life. Kim’s activism and advocacy is inspired by one of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s. quotes, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Justin is the Executive Director of East Boston Social Centers, where he works to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable early education and care taught by equitably paid teachers.
Before his current position, Justin was Executive Director of Children’s HealthWatch, a data collection, research and policy center with the mission to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies to address and alleviate economic hardships (hunger, unstable housing, etc.). While there, he was a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leader award winner. In 2016, he received a Nantucket Project Fellowship to focus on increasing joy and wellbeing in East Boston. Justin serves on the board of Silver Lining Mentoring, an organization he founded that empowers foster youth to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and developing life skills. He also has worked as a nonprofit consultant with the Bridgespan Group, a consultant to the Fish Family Foundation, and a Rappaport Fellow at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Justin serves on the advisory board at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government. He received his BA from Harvard College, and his MBA and MPA degrees from a concurrent program at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Reynolds, George and Goldsmith Fellow.
Justin is married to Vanessa Fazio and they are proud parents to Rocco and Skye.
Elizabeth Pierce, PhD, Ed.M.
Elizabeth Pierce is a Research Consultant, Family Resource Liaison, Kid’s Net, at Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Elizabeth is passionate about advancing economic and racial equity through effective policy and practice. Her areas of research include asset-building initiatives and racial wealth equity. She is an adoptive parent of two school-aged children and has experience navigating special education, both of which further her understanding of the importance of families’ access to resources and supports to meet their needs.