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Center For Youth Wellness thanks outgoing Executive Director Mark Cloutier, names Chris Padula as the Interim Executive Director

Dec 16, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - After three years of dedication to Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), Mark Cloutier is moving on from his role as Executive Director. Mark first joined CYW as a Board member in 2013, transitioning to the role of Board Chair and then Executive Director in May 2015. Mark has been instrumental in advancing CYW’s work to screen and treat children impacted by early adversity and trauma.

During a high-growth period for CYW, Mark strengthened the organization’s policy, public education and fundraising efforts in support of CYW’s clinical and research work. Aided by Mark’s deep public health and policy background at organizations such as the American Red Cross and San Francisco AIDS Foundation, CYW expanded its cross-sector policy work through the launch of the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA), a statewide collective approach to address childhood adversity. Mark also successfully guided the design of the ACEs Pediatric Community of Practice, set to launch in early 2017, focused on expanding screening and intervention in pediatric clinical settings. As CYW’s day-to-day operations leader, Mark worked closely with CYW Founder and CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris to expand external relationships with private funders, policymakers and practitioners.   

“Mark has been a strong partner and supporter of CYW at a critical time of our growth,” said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. “I will miss his strategic guidance, public health expertise and commitment to children. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Vice President of Development and Communications Chris Padula has been named Interim Executive Director.  Chris joined CYW in August of 2015 with 15 years of experience working on behalf of children and youth, most recently serving as Executive Director of Jumpstart for Children and Vice President of Advancement at Aspire Public School. In his current role at CYW, Chris has grown the development team’s capacity, hiring staff with expertise in individual and institutional funding, and guided CYW’s fundraising strategy resulting in over $3.2 million dollars raised in 2016 YTD.

Under Chris’ leadership, CYW’s national profile continues to grow with media coverage in the Washington Post, SF Chronicle and NPR, and high profile speaking opportunities for CEO Dr. Nadine Burke Harris such as Google Zeitgeist, Dreamforce Conference, UNICEF USA and the White House.  “I am excited for Chris to step into his new role at CYW and am confident that his experience and commitment to children will strengthen CYW moving into 2017,” said Burke Harris.

About Center for Youth Wellness The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to kids exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.

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