As president and chief executive officer, Christopher Martes is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and management of Strategies for Children, an independent nonprofit organization that works to ensure that children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early education, enter elementary school ready to succeed, and become proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Chris has served on SFC’s board since 2012. A former director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Chris has decades of experience in many K-12 leadership roles. After starting his career in the classroom, he served as both principal and superintendent in a number of Massachusetts communities including Framingham, Newton, Foxborough, and Medfield. In the 2013-2014 school year, he served as interim superintendent for Wrentham Public Schools. In 2008, Chris was honored as the Massachusetts School Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. He has served as adjunct faculty at Cambridge College and University of New Hampshire, engaged in education consulting on the topics of administrator training and strategic planning, and presented at numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops.
Chris holds multiple degrees in education, including a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and School Administration from Boston College, a Master of Education in School Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, both from Bridgewater State University.
Amy O’Leary is director of Early Education for All, a campaign of Strategies for Children, an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life. Amy joined EEA in 2002 as the early childhood field director and has also served as the Campaign’s deputy director.
Prior to joining SFC, Amy worked as a preschool teacher and program director at Ellis Memorial in Boston. In March 2017 Amy was elected President-elect of the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her four-year term starts in June of 2017. Amy previously served on the governing board from 2011-2014. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Wheelock College in Boston and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Amy is a member of Massachusetts Early Literacy Expert Panel, the Massachusetts Birth through Grade 3 Advisory and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Advisory Committee. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Investment Fund in Boston. In addition, Amy presents at national, state and local conferences and provides technical assistance to advocates and legislators in other states.
Amy earned a Master in Public Administration degree from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and early education from Skidmore College.
Titus is Director of Research and Policy at Strategies for Children (SFC), a policy and advocacy organization focused on high-quality early education in Massachusetts. He analyzes early education policy, research, data, and the state budget to inform SFC’s advocacy and communications. Titus also supports SFC's Community Readiness initiative, which includes partnerships in Springfield, Holyoke, and New Bedford.
Prior to joining SFC Titus held a variety of in-school and out-of-school time teaching positions in Rhode Island, including life skills instructor, violence prevention educator, and second grade teaching assistant. Titus earned an MA in urban education policy from Brown University, and holds a BA in communications studies and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island.
As research and field associate, Laura supports a wide range of organizational projects and processes, including analyzing policy and research reports, tracking state and federal budget developments, coordinating meetings, forums, and events, and assisting with communications and social media. Laura also helps maintain relationships with key partner organizations at the state and local levels. Through her work at Strategies for Children, Laura has had opportunities to present at local and state conferences, in college classrooms, and in communities across the commonwealth. In 2015, Laura was elected to the governing board of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children’s Board. Through her professional endeavors, Laura works to support the early education field in advocacy and policy.
Prior to joining SFC on staff, Laura served as an intern, helping with outreach, field, and communications efforts. In 2014 she completed her undergraduate degree at Boston College, earning a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and human development and English. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has held a variety of positions within the educational arena in both Massachusetts and in her hometown of Stewart Manor, New York: teacher’s assistant for the infant/young toddler room of the Brookline Schools Staff Children’s Center, tutor for third and fourth graders of the Read Boston afterschool program at Saint Columbkille Partnership School, and office manager and greeter for Boston College’s Student Admissions Program.