All Our Kin is thrilled to share the news that in April, our team will grow yet again with the addition of a New Haven Network Director, the incredibly accomplished and dynamic Eliza Halsey. Born and raised in New Haven, Eliza now lives in New Haven with her husband and two children. She has been active in a number of community groups and nonprofit boards. In 2011, she co-founded New Haven Parents, a parent group working to ensure all children in New Haven have access to excellent public schools and high-quality preschools. Additionally, both of Eliza’s children have benefited from the wonderful care of an All Our Kin provider.
“As a mother of two young children and a lifelong New Havener, I care deeply about ensuring that all New Haven children have access to high quality early care and education. All Our Kin’s work to support family child care providers, and the children and families they serve, is critical to the well-being of our entire community. I’m thrilled to join the All Our Kin team to help further this important work!”
As you can see, Eliza is an excellent fit for All Our Kin, bringing with her expertise from her background as a leader and change-maker both nationally and right here in New Haven, as well as keen insight into the challenges that face working parents and the beautiful partnerships that can result between families and family child care providers.
Currently, Eliza is the Director of Quality Assurance and Evaluation for Public Allies, a national leadership development organization. In 2003, she worked with a team of community leaders to establish Public Allies Connecticut and then became its first staff member. She joined the Public Allies National Office as a Regional Director in 2006 and assumed her current position in 2008. In addition to these roles, she has served as Interim Director of Public Allies sites in Chicago and New York. Eliza began her work in youth/leadership development in 2000 at a small NGO in Nepal working with street children in Kathmandu. Prior to her work at Public Allies, she was the AmeriCorps Director at Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a leading youth development organization in New Haven, CT. She was an Elm City Fellow (Annie E. Casey Foundation) in 2009-10 and participated in the Nonprofit Forum Community Leadership Program in 2003-04. Eliza holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and will complete her Master’s in Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in May 2013.
At All Our Kin, Eliza will be charged with taking our New Haven programs to new heights. We know she will do an unbelievable job leading our New Haven team, growing and strengthening our Family Child Care Network, and sharing All Our Kin’s mission with the community. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Eliza to All Our Kin by leaving your comments below.