Adam Pertman has provided a broad, diverse range of work since joining Stewards nearly four years ago. That has included strategic planning, board and financial development, helping to build SOCI, project management, and a variety of media and communications activities. Among his current responsibilities, Adam is the Coordination and Communications Director of the National Interoperability Collaborative. Adam came to SOCI after two successful careers over the last three decades – first as a senior, Pulitzer-nominated journalist with the Boston Globe, and then as one of the most highly regarded thought leaders in the child welfare world as head of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (a national nonprofit that he built into the pre-eminent research, policy and advocacy think tank in its field). He is a prize-winning author who has provided hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations in the U.S. and internationally, regularly appears in the media in this country and others, and has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of children and families. He also serves as President of the nonprofit National Center on Adoption and Permanency and his consultancy, Myriad Strategic Partners.
Gillian Tucker joined Stewards of Change in 2015, and she manages projects and activities for SOCI and NIC. She previously spent more than a decade working on communications and change management strategies for business transformation projects in Northern and Southern California. She was also instrumental in the planning efforts for Sun Microsystems semi-annual leadership conferences. She has an MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.
Grace Corr joined Stewards of Change to assist with event coordination and administrative functions. She holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from Adelphi University and a BA in Social Science from Stony Brook University. Grace has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry with Citigroup. Most recently, Grace led the global customer care team for CitiDirect, Citigroup’s award winning online banking platform. Additionally, she worked with several cross-functional teams to implement and improve efficiency and drive key management objectives. Grace also holds several volunteer leadership positions for nonprofit organizations, including as a board member; in that role, she has been responsible for budget management and event planning.
Ivy Pool is a public-sector management consultant, currently advising non-profits and government agencies on improving outcomes for underserved populations. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Previously, Ivy served in the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as the Program Director for the New York State Integrated Eligibility System, a $500 million program to modernize and streamline access to health and human service programs. During New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, Ivy served as the Executive Director for HHS-Connect, a nationally recognized program that established interoperability and shared case management among 12 city agencies to enable more efficient and effective service delivery. Ivy held several other positions in NYC government, including at the Department for Information Technology and Telecommunications and the Department for Citywide Administrative Services. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. Ivy was recently elected to a four-year term as a Councilwoman in the New Castle, NY, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Daniel Bach joined Stewards of Change in 2018 to provide expertise in data integration and community-based program and project development. He has focused his 25-year career on data-informed change management, community development, fiscal maximization, program development, evaluation and contractual relations. He has worked in Children’s Services since 1992 as a social worker, supervisor and manager. Daniel is also the Deputy Director of the Action Council of Monterey County (CA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating public-private partnerships to promote economic and social justice, and to initiate dialogue for transformation. He studied Criminology, Psychology and Victim Services at California State University.
Michael Kerr is a Project Consultant with Stewards of Change Institute. Prior to joining SOCI in 2013, Michael worked for TechAmerica, the largest IT industry association, where he directed many of the organization’s state and local government programs, policy initiatives and events. He focused on federal and state procurement matters, including legislation and reforms, as well as human services delivery and technology policy issues. In addition, he led and supported member programs and events, including the Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG), Beyond the Beltway, and the SLG-Cloud Commission. Prior to joining TechAmerica (formerly ITAA), Michael worked for the Software & Information Industry Association, Mathis and Associates Consulting, the Columbia Institute for TeleInformation, and GTE. He earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.
Sondes Ben Chagra
Online Community Manager
Sondes Ben Chagra joined Stewards of Change in 2018 as the online community manager for Stewards of Change Institute and the National Interoperability Collaborative. She also provides strategic and technical expertise relating to the full range of SOCI online and social media activities. Sondes has developed strong problem-solving and leadership skills during her 22 years as a digital communications professional and project manager, including extensive international experience. Most recently, she served as the Senior Web Manager of the African Development Bank. She also worked with 17 companies and businesses. She earned with honors two master’s degrees from the University of Bridgeport, in Computer Science and Global Media and Communications Studies.
Navah Stein is a Research Assistant at Stewards of Change Institute, focusing on issues relating to the social determinants of health and well-being, interoperability and the nation’s opioid epidemic. Her past work with diverse populations in Vermont has provided Navah with insights and perspectives that she brings to SOCI on health and human services. She has worked directly with resettled refugees through the Association of Africans Living in Vermont and with pregnant and parenting women healing from substance abuse and trauma through the Lund Family Center. Navah holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from the University in Vermont.