Amy O’Leary is Executive Director 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 and care programs. Amy manages the overall advocacy and policy strategy, legislative and field engagement, strategic partnerships, and fundraising. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led SFC's support efforts including hosting the daily "9:30 call" for the early education and care field.
Amy joined SFC in 2002 as the early childhood field director and has served in many roles including the Early Education for All Campaign Director. Prior to that, Amy worked as a preschool teacher and program director at Ellis Memorial in the South End of Boston. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and Cambridge College. Amy was elected twice to serve on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She served from 2011 – 2014 and 2017 -2021 serving as President from June 2018-2020. In July 2020, Amy was appointed an Alumna Trustee for a four-year team to serve on both the Skidmore College Board of Trustees and Alumni Board. Amy is a member of the Massachusetts Kids Count Advisory Council 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. Amy earned a Master in Public Administration degree from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and early education from Skidmore College.
Titus is Deputy Director at Strategies for Children (SFC), a policy and advocacy organization focused on high-quality early education in Massachusetts. He manages SFC's general operations as well as its research, policy, and data strategy. Titus oversees SFC's communications, grant writing, and internship program, and facilitates the Massachusetts Partnership for Infants and Toddlers, a statewide public-private collaboration. He currently serves as co-chair of the MA Early Childhood Funder Collaborative's Community Advisory Committee. He has previously led SFC's Community Readiness initiative, consulting with local communities on preschool planning and expansion efforts, and co-facilitating the New Bedford Birth-3rd Partnership from 2016-2020. Titus had previously served as Director of Research and Policy from 2014-2021. He first joined SFC in 2008 as Research and Policy Associate.
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.
Marisa is Associate Director of Research and Policy at Strategies for Children (SFC) and assists with advocacy, research, policy, and communication efforts. This includes managing SFC's COVID-19 supports: producing daily advocacy calls for the early education and care field, documenting the ongoing challenges, monitoring data trends, state and national budget proposals, and EEC policy changes. Marisa facilitates the Speakers’ Bureau, a statewide cohort of early educators, and partners with the field to build advocacy capacity in local communities. She also works closely with SFC interns and manages collaborations with external partners. Marisa is a member of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) working group on Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time. She is a former SFC intern and previously served as Project Manager.
Prior to joining SFC, Marisa worked as a preschool teacher and program director in Chicago, Illinois. During her time as program director she focused on curriculum and instruction. Marisa earned a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, as well as Spanish, at the University of Michigan. She holds a M.Ed in Human Development and Psychology (Child Advocacy) from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Christopher Martes is the former President and CEO of Strategies for Children, having served in that role from 2014 to 2021. During this time, Chris led strategic planning efforts, recruited new Board members, balanced SFC's budget, and ensured the overall health and viability of the organization up to and through the COVID-19 pandemic. As Strategic Advisor, he provides guidance on SFC's operations and governance.
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.