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About The Children's League of Massachusetts

Our Work & History

As providers, consumers, advocates, purchasers and regulators of services, CLM members know firsthand the issues facing today’s children and youth, as well as the challenges inherent in addressing them.

During this time of major shifts in the delivery and funding of children, youth and family services, CLM serves as:

  • a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members;
  • a vehicle for keeping the focus on the needs of children, youth and their families;
  • a powerful source for common action.

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Mission & Values

Promoting the Welfare of Children and Their Families in the Commonwealth by Influencing Public Policy.

As providers, consumers, advocates, purchasers and regulators of services, CLM members know firsthand the issues facing today’s children and youth, as well as the challenges inherent in addressing them.

During this time of major shifts in the delivery and funding of children, youth and family services, CLM serves as:

  • a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members;
  • a vehicle for keeping the focus on the needs of children, youth and their families;
  • a powerful source for common action.
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CLM Staff

Rachel Gwaltney - Interim Executive Director, Children's League of Massachusetts

Rachel Gwaltney

Executive Director

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Rachel is the Executive Director at CLM and works in collaboration with CLM’s Board, Task Forces, Coalitions, and Member organizations to advance the mission of CLM. She also works closely with the Legislature and Administration to achieve CLM’s public policy priorities, having first joined CLM as Director of Public Policy. Rachel’s previous leadership roles at state and national membership associations and programs have included legislative work, as well as fundraising, communications, member engagement, program management, and program evaluation.

Sue O'Callaghan

Public Policy Director

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Sue is CLM’s Policy Director responsible for managing our overall legislative, budget, and regulatory agenda, including through developing legislative, regulatory, and budgetary analysis and drafting legislation, regulations, recommendations, and additional educational/information materials. She coordinates collaborative meetings and provides testimony at hearings, especially through leading our Task Forces for our members, along with governmental agencies and additional partners. Sue’s previous policy advocacy work led to the successful passage of legislation, adoption of policies, and benefits won for children, families, people with disabilities, and animals.

Shayna Parker

Operations & Public Policy Specialist

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Shayna is the Operations and Public Policy Specialist at CLM, facilitating the organization's operations behind the scenes as well as acting as the primary contact for CLM membership. Before joining CLM, Shayna held similar Operations roles at several local social justice nonprofits, providing critical logistical support and operations expertise.

Board of Directors

Shaheer Mustafa

Board Chair

President & CEO,
HopeWell

Daurice Cox

Board Vice Chair

Michael Ames

Board Treasurer

President & CEO,
RFK Community Alliance

Beth Barto

Board Clerk

Mia Alvarado

Executive Director,
Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.

Kari Beserra

Executive Vice President,
Justice Resource Institute

Bob Gittens

Executive Director,
Bridges Homeward

Mary McGeown

Executive Director,
MSPCC

Lois Nesci

Anne Sampaio, LICSW

Matthew Stone

Executive Director, Massachusetts and New Hampshire,
Youth Villages

Lesli Suggs

Join CLM

Our members are organizations, individuals, and state partners that provide leadership and take action in service of children and their families in Massachusetts. When you join CLM, you join a network of child advocates. Members of the Children’s League sit on our board of directors, attend monthly meetings, and work collaboratively to advocate for the welfare of children and their families. Members also receive professional support, advice and technical assistance through our network of agencies and organizations.
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Our Advocacy

CLM works together with our members and coalition partners to advocate for the best possible services for children and families in the Commonwealth. CLM works with state legislators to create change in the General Laws and we work with the state administration to implement change in regulations and the delivery of services to protect children and provide resources for families in need.
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