All Our Kin is excited to announce that we have a new New Haven Network Director! Alison Wunder Stahl comes to All Our Kin with a strong background in nonprofit management. From managing an after-school program for over 100 middle-schoolers, to supporting school counselors/social workers and maintaining high standards of quality across 60+ schools, Ali’s experience highlights her commitment to ensuring equity of educational access.
“I’m in the nonprofit world because I want to align my life’s work with my values,” Ali says. “My passion, and the unifying theme of my experience, has been breaking down barriers to educational opportunity, whether in higher education, middle and elementary school, or for our youngest learners. I’m excited to be here at All Our Kin because improving access to high quality learning experiences for infants and toddlers is the first step in setting children on a successful lifelong educational trajectory. The providers who take on this important work are so deserving of our collaboration and admiration.”
Although she has only been at All Our Kin for a week, Ali has already met many New Haven providers. Last Tuesday, she attended the second session of “The Wonderful World of Infants and Toddlers,” a bilingual, three-part evening series for family child care providers that delves into important themes related to infants’ and toddlers’ social-emotional development and behavior. She introduced herself to providers in both English and Spanish. “It was wonderful to meet the providers and see their energy even at the end of a long day. It gave me a glimpse into the strong All Our Kin provider community,” Ali says.
“This past week I’ve been continuously amazed and impressed with the different programs that All Our Kin offers for providers at all stages,” she continues. “Whether a provider is just getting her license or opened her program 15 years ago, All Our Kin has resources and programs to support her. And the All Our Kin staff represents so much talent and diversity of skills; it’s thrilling to know that I’ll be part of such a great team.”
Although Ali was born in Connecticut, she is new to New Haven and she looks forward to creating deeper connections with the city. “New Haven is so rich in community resources, and All Our Kin has a strong relationship with many other local organizations. As All Our Kin’s New Haven Director, I hope to foster collaborations to remove barriers to high quality early education.”
Before joining the All Our Kin team, Ali was the Director of Implementation for City Connects at Boston College, where she was responsible for their model of optimized student support across schools in Massachusetts, New York City, and Ohio. Prior to that, she was the Director of Programs for Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), which works with low-income families in the Boston area to realize their dreams of a higher education and break the cycle of poverty. She also worked for three years as a Campus Director for Citizen Schools, overseeing the staff, volunteers, and middle school students engaged in their educational after-school program in Malden, MA.
Ali has an MSW from the UCONN School of Social Work, a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the INML at Boston University, and is nearing completion of an MBA from Boston College. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, where she double-majored in Psychology and Spanish. She looks forward to using her Spanish with the many Spanish-speaking providers in All Our Kin’s New Haven Network.
We know that Ali will do an incredible job growing All Our Kin’s New Haven Network, leading the New Haven team, guiding our Early Head Start program, and fostering relationships with the community.
(To read our farewell interview with Eliza Halsey, All Our Kin’s former New Haven Network Director, click here.)