Ms. Evans-Tranumn joined the board in 2003 and most recently served as secretary. She succeeds Gary R. Severson, who was chair since 2001 and will remain a member of the board.
Ms. Evans-Tranumn has an extensive background in public education and has brought important perspectives that have influenced the efforts of Casey Family Programs to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families across the United States.
The career of Ms. Evans-Tranumn has been informed by her strong belief that all children deserve a fair opportunity to succeed.
“I am excited for this new opportunity to provide leadership to Casey Family Programs in our continuing efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families across the nation,” she said. “Our foundation is committed to the goal of all children having safe and stable families, as well as supportive communities.”
Ms. Evans-Tranumn retired last year as associate commissioner of education for the New York State Education Department, Office of New York City School and Community Services. She worked four decades in the education system, including 16 years as a junior and senior high school English teacher and assistant principal in New York City. She also served four years as director of Auxiliary Services for High Schools in New York, the largest alternative high school program in the country.
She currently is executive director of a New York City charter school and consults with the countries of Denmark and Sweden on performance-based management.
Ms. Evans-Tranumn serves on numerous boards and commissions that address education, race and gender issues, and has received more than 100 awards recognizing her contributions. She has all credits toward a Ph.D. in English at New York University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Medgar Evers College in New York City. She earned a master's degree in English education at Long Island University and a bachelor's degree in English at North Carolina Central University.
“It is a tremendous comfort to me to be able to hand over the role of chair to such a capable person and someone who cares so deeply for all people,” Mr. Severson said. “Children, families and communities all across America are well-served to have Shelia Evans-Tranumn working tirelessly on their behalf.”
About Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation working in partnership with child welfare systems to keep children safe and support their lifelong connections to stable families and supportive communities. As champions for change, we are committed to our 2020 Strategy for America’s Children – a goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care. The foundation, established in 1966 by United Parcel Service founder Jim Casey, is based in Seattle, Washington.
Contact Casey Family Programs at [email protected], 206.282.7300, or 2001 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98121. For more information, visit our website at www.casey.org.