As CEO, Kathy Park provides strategic vision to Evident Change while overseeing programmatic and organizational operations. Kathy has led key initiatives including Data for Equity, ethics in predictive analytics, and Pay for Success and Social Innovation Finance projects.
Kathy joined Evident Change in 2000. She has worked throughout her tenure in partnership with numerous state and local social services agencies across the United States and internationally to transform child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult protective services systems through an infusion of research-based and data-driven approaches to decision making.
Kathy came into the field of social justice out of a desire to prevent youth from escalating within and across the child welfare-juvenile justice-adult corrections systems. She began working as a child protective services front-line investigator with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. She went on to work in ongoing family preservation, in supervising a blended child and adult protection unit, and at the state’s protective services policy unit.
Kathy is a member of The Kresge Foundation's NextGen 2.0 Advisory Board, the board of directors of the American Public Human Services Association, the Child Welfare League of America's Racial Equity Committee, the ProInspire Catalyst Collective, and the National Center on the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She also serves as a LEAP Ambassador. Kathy has served on peer review panels for the National Institute of Justice and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, as a board member for the Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (WIPSAC), and as a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club.
Kathy is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar and the recipient of the 2011 Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Award from the National Adult Protective Services Association given in recognition of a significant contribution to the knowledge and development in the fields of elder abuse or persons with disabilities. Her writing has appeared in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, The Crime Report, Wisconsin State Journal, Chronicle of Social Change, Cap Times, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kathy has spoken and presented for organizations including the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), Data for Impact, MetroLab Network, Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Operation New Hope, #cut50, Ford Foundation, Social Innovation Fund, and Third Sector Capital Partners.
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