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Stewards of Change™ is grounded in the principle that leaders from all sectors share in the responsibility for improving human services delivery and the lives of the children and families supported by these systems. Our founding partners are dedicated to finding new ways to take social innovation to scale in the 21st Century.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Daniel Stein

Daniel Daniel Stein is a co-founder of Stewards of Change and serves as the managing partner and a member of the leadership team, providing overall strategic leadership and management. He brings more than 22 years of experience working in business and consulting to public, private and nonprofit human service organizations focused on expanding operational capacity, solving internal and interagency problems, and improving client outcomes. He has directed multidisciplinary engagements in some of the largest and most challenging jurisdictions including California, New York, Washington, DC, Louisiana, Connecticut and New Jersey. These projects draw upon Daniel’s broad experience and knowledge including strategic visioning and planning, business process reengineering, quantitative analysis, organizational development, performance management, marketing and communications, consumer research and information technology. Prior to forming Stewards of Change, Daniel started True Insight Marketing, a consultancy dedicated to applying business and marketing practices to child welfare organizations. Previously he spent 10 years at Kraft Foods, where he held senior leadership positions in multiple divisions managing national brands. He holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA from Evergreen State College.  

Vernon Brown

Michael Vernon Brown is a co-founder of Stewards of Change and a member of the leadership team. He brings 30 years of experience as CEO of Aspiranet, a private child welfare agency with 44 service sites throughout California serving more than 2,500 clients weekly. As a child welfare innovator and leader, Vernon has developed nationally recognized programs that serve children, youth, families and communities. (See Microsoft’s case study on Aspiranet’s use of SharePoint to support its 1,000-member IT network.) Vernon has served on a variety of national, state and local boards representing children and youth service agencies, advocacy groups and associations. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Secondary Education Degree and BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Michael Smith

Michael Michael Smith is a co-founder of Stewards of Change. He has 25 years of experience in business consulting and marketing as CEO of Linx Communications, where he provides overall leadership and management of day-to-day activities. Michael is involved in the Young Presidents Organization, where he spearheads Helping Disadvantaged Kids Network, a global project to support children in developed and developing countries. He received an MA from Bentley College, with degrees in management, marketing, finance and computer science. He attended Harvard Business School's Executive Education program.

 

 

TEAM MEMBERS

Juli Baker, Ph.D., PMP

Juli Baker Juli Baker is an organizational and management consultant serving clients in the public sector.  Her focus is on improving organizational delivery systems in healthcare, education, and human services. Juli designs business solutions for organizational change, training programs, and information system implementation services. Juli has over 30 years of experience in human services organizational design and management, information technology management, and program analysis and evaluation. Juli served as the first Chief Information/Technology Officer at the California Health Benefit Exchange, where she implemented technical and programmatic aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to that, Juli was an Executive with Accenture for 11 years, serving clients in Health and Public Service. As Deputy CIO of Human Service for the state of Colorado, Juli managed Child Welfare, Public Assistance and Medicaid, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice information systems.  Juli’s academic background is in applied cultural anthropology where she pioneered research on end user adaptation to automated toolsets and examined the organizational differences in adaptation among professional groups. Juli holds a Ph.D. in applied anthropology from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman Adam Pertman came to Stewards of Change as a Senior Consultant 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). His work with Stewards – much of it focused on building the organization’s own Institute – includes strategic planning, board and financial development, and a variety of media and communications activities. Pertman has provided hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations across 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 National Center on Adoption and Permanency, which is the child welfare division of his consultancy, Myriad Strategic Partners.

Juan Colon

Juan Colon

Juan Colon is a Senior Consultant with Stewards of Change Institute.  Prior to his role with SOCI, Mr. Colon spearheaded anti-drug interoperability and innovation initiatives at the New Jersey Fusion Center for over a decade, helping to make its efforts among the most innovative and effective in the nation. In early 2018, Colon joined Stewards of Change as a Senior Consultant after retiring from the executive command of the NJ State Police and from his position as fusion center commander.

Colon had 28 years of law enforcement experience before his retirement at the rank of Major. He served in diverse roles during his career. In addition to his work at the fusion center, he has operated in an undercover capacity, developed and implemented statewide data projects, and served as a drug policy advisor at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Colon also worked in the Office of Drug Addiction Control within the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, where he assisted in developing drug policies and practices to strengthen law enforcement and public health efforts. He also participated in several state working groups, including the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, and the Core Opioid Workgroup, among others. Meanwhile, he led efforts at the fusion center to direct and oversee the operations of the Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) to ensure that the information needs of the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and various federal, state, and local law enforcement and public health entities were being fulfilled.

The Office of the US Attorney General, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Centers for Disease Control, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Governors Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum have all included his data-collection and analytical methods in their publications, and they have leveraged Colon’s expertise in this domain to present at national level conferences and panel discussions.

Colon has primarily dedicated his work to the intelligence tradecraft, most of which was based at New Jersey’s fusion center. There, in 2005, he was one of three troopers who implemented the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), where he developed and implemented many of the capabilities for which the center is now known.

In recognition of his collective efforts, he has received a Congressional Award, two New Jersey Attorney General’s Awards, and various New Jersey State Police commendations; in addition, he has been nominated for the distinguished Trooper of the Year award.

Gillian Tucker

Gillian Tucker joined Stewards of Change after having 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 and communication efforts for Sun Microsystems semi-annual leadership conferences, attended by approximately 3,000 attendees. 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.

Michael Kerr

Michael Michael Kerr is a Project Consultant with Stewards of Change. Prior to joining SOC in 2013, Michael worked for TechAmerica, the largest IT industry association, where he directed many of the association's State and Local Government programs, policy initiatives, and events. He focused on federal and state procurement matters, including state procurement 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 Tele-Information, and GTE. He earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University.

Grace Corr

Michael Grace Corr joined Stewards of Change to assist with event coordination and administrative functions.  She earned 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 roles for nonprofit organizations.  As a board member of several organizations, she is responsible for budget management, event planning and has led major fundraising events.