Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles

Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles

Director of Equity

Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles has long been involved in struggles for equity and justice for transracial adoptees, children and families impacted by the foster care system, teenage parents, LGBT and gender non-conforming people, and people who are financially unstable. Amy has more than 15 years’ experience in multicultural leadership and facilitation. She has led multicultural trainings in a variety of settings including schools, social service agencies, health care organizations, and foundations. She also spent five years as the diversity initiatives program manager for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, where she co-designed and implemented the Diversity 101 for Social Workers and Diversity 102 for Managers training curricula and trained a team of leaders to educate the entire child welfare department.

Amy is the founder of FOCUS (Families of Color United for Success) at the Fessenden School, West Newton, Mass.; served on the school’s executive diversity committee; and served on the YSFJ (Young Sisters for Justice) program committee of the Boston Women’s Fund and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Amy began serving as a senior program specialist in October 2012 to support the LGBT youth child welfare permanency project, before being named as director of equity. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in K-12 health and physical education and exercise physiology from Howard University, Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in international and multicultural education with a concentration in human rights from the University of San Francisco.

Recent publications from Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles:

Amy Cipolla-Stickles, Senior Program Specialist

For more than a decade, child welfare conferences have included workshops and/or keynote addresses on cultural competency, culturally relevant practice, cultural humility, and racial disparities and disproportionality. With this array of efforts, why haven’t we seen a drastic shift in outcomes for families of color?