Meet Our Board
Juan Carlos Areán, Director of the Faith and Community Based Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Futures Without Violence
Juan Carlos Areán is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. He is presently the Director of the Faith and Community Based Youth Violence Prevention Initiative at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza and as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University.
Juan Carlos is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He has served as an expert in many media outlets and has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as in Europe, Asia, the US Congress and the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
A person of many interests, he has a Master’s degree in music composition and is an ordained interfaith interspiritual minister.
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Mari Brennan Barrera, Principal, Barrera Consulting (Chair)
With more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Mari currently serves on the Board of Associated Grant Makers and her town’s Finance Committee. Prior to founding Barrera Consulting, Mari oversaw the Eos Foundation’s grantmaking and operations, and was Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. She began her career as a community organizer and has worked to promote innovative and inclusive approaches to social change and the inclusion of all stakeholders, especially women, in peace processes.
Raquel has spent nearly 30 years supporting adults, children and families through a variety of roles, drawing on her experiences as both a clinician and an administrator to be a leader and advocate for the human services field. She also brings expertise in public policy, transformational organizational change and management. Raquel is Deputy Director of the Human Services Program at The Kresge Foundation, which supports the advancement of human services organizations to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low income. Previously, Raquel served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, practitioner Vice President and CEO of Whaley’s Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan and as the CEO of Family and Children’s Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Raquel was awarded the 2016 American Public Human Services Association State Member Award for Transforming Human Services and the 2014 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from Reclaiming Youth International for her service to children, youth and families. She holds a BS in clinical community psychology from the University of Michigan, an MSW from Eastern Michigan University, and an Ed.D in children, youth and family studies from Nova Southeastern University.
John Kania, Managing Director, FSG
For over 25 years, John has been helping leaders around the world achieve large-scale, lasting social change. John is coauthor of the book Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. He is also one of Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most frequently published authors, with recent articles: Collective Impact (2011), Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World (2014) and The Dawn of System Leadership (2015). He speaks frequently around the world on accelerating progress and social impact.
Olivia Leland, Founder, Collaborative for Scaling Social Impact
Olivia is currently launching a collaborative focused on supporting proven nonprofits to achieve impact at a transformative scale, with seed funding provided by the Skoll Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Olivia was the founding Executive Director of the Giving Pledge, and previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Gates Foundation. She also served as Associate Director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as an independent consultant focusing on microfinance and private sector development, and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Olivia was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.
Erin Miller, Coordinator, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program, Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Clerk)
Erin entered the domestic violence field a decade ago after more than 20 years of anti-racism work. Her areas of specialization include the intersections of partner violence and addictions; partner violence in LGBTIQ communities and communities of color; and the impact of domestic violence on children.
Forrest Moore, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall
Forrest Moore is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall, bringing over 20 years of experience serving youth and their families. He provides strategic guidance on research and evidence use to youth-servicing agencies across a multitude of issues, including the overrepresentation of children and young people of color in public systems like child welfare and juvenile justice. He specializes in designing and implementing feasible action plans to improve delivery of and outcomes associated with youth development programming, especially those focused on highly vulnerable subgroups of youth and young adults. Forrest has extensive expertise working with public and private decision makers, especially in community-based agencies. His approach emphasizes the use of evidence in decision making and the application of implementation science principles within systems, program and practice change efforts. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Forrest was an independent consultant focused on research, strategic planning and project management for multiple youth-serving organizations. Forrest has a Ph.D. in Research Methodology from Loyola University in Chicago and a BS in Organizational Leadership from the Knoy School of Technology at Purdue University.
For the past decade, Kaile has worked to address and prevent gang and community violence and the impact of multiple forms of violence on people and communities. In her current role as Executive Director of the emerging Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, Kaile works to connect organizations providing arts programming for incarcerated youth, to strengthen supports for youth and promote the integration of arts into comprehensive reintegration strategies. Through her previous positions with Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries, and her volunteer work with youth violence prevention and intervention nonprofits, Kaile works to frame violence as an issue of public health rather than criminal justice.
Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO, The Full Frame Initiative
Katya Fels Smyth is Founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative (FFI), a nonprofit working nationally to change systems so people, families and communities facing poverty, violence and trauma have the supports, tools and resources they need to thrive. She has over two decades of experience in working with communities, nonprofits and public systems to design, implement and evaluate responses to the intersection of poverty, violence and trauma. Her experience as co-director of a homeless shelter and sexual violence counselor led her in 1995 to found On the Rise, Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization supporting homeless women poorly served by mainstream programs. In 2007, she founded FFI. She is FFI’s lead in its collaboration with Missouri DYS to enable stronger transitions to community and increase family engagement, with Missouri Children’s Division in reorienting child welfare around wellbeing and is integrally involved in a Massachusetts government initiative to improve system integration. A recipient of several social entrepreneurship awards and fellowships, Katya speaks, publishes and provides consultation nationally. She has been a Research Affiliate with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (Co-Lab) and was a Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Katya holds an AB with honors in Biology from Harvard and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.