National Crittenton is delighted to announce that trustee Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant has been named chair to its board. Dr. Lausell Bryant is the first woman of color to serve as chair since the organization’s founding in 1883.
Dr. Lausell Bryant’s career spans 34 years in youth services in both the private and public sectors. Her work in government includes serving as associate commissioner for the Office of Youth Development at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. She was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Panel for Education Policy. She served as the executive director of Crittenton agency, Inwood House, from 2005 to 2014, where she convened a Citywide Dialogue on Teen Pregnancy and Prevention and Intervention Conference featuring stakeholders from government, child welfare, health, education, and poverty agencies, as well as research, philanthropy, policy, and service providing agencies. She has used her extensive knowledge of youth development to launch program initiatives focusing on violence prevention, reproductive health, child welfare, and after school education. During her tenure, she led key efforts aimed at meeting the increasingly complex needs of New York City’s most vulnerable system-involved youth. She also developed Passport to Parenting, in which Inwood House would share its learnings with other agencies on best practices for supporting teen parents. She has served on the board of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Child Welfare Watch Advisory Board, and was named a National Gimbel Child and Family Scholar. She joined the National Crittenton board in 2015.
Dr. Lausell Bryant grew up in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University, her Master of Social Work degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work, and her Doctor of Philosophy from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her book, A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity, was published in 2017. She is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Katherine & Howard Aibel Executive-in-Residence at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She and her husband Marshall live in Brooklyn and are the proud parents of six adult children.
On being named Chair of the National Crittenton board, Dr. Lausell Bryant has said “The mission of National Crittenton resonates deeply with all that I care about and most importantly, I value this organization’s determination to partner in substantive ways with the girls and young women we aim it to serve. I am honored to be affiliated with such organizational legacy, integrity and impact.”
National Crittenton catalyzes social and systems change for girls and young women impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and injustice. National Crittenton is the umbrella for the 26 members of the Crittenton family of agencies providing direct services in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Together we work to provide support, advocacy and opportunities for girls, young women and their families at the national level and in local communities across the country.