Children's Aid Announces New CEO

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The Children's Aid Society is excited to announce the appointment of Richard R. Buery, Jr. as our new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed C. Warren "Pete" Moses, who will retire after our annual meeting in October. Buery, 37, will be the organization's first African-American leader.

richard-r-buery-jrHe is currently the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Groundwork, Inc., a nonprofit organization established to create transformative change for families living in public housing in Brooklyn, New York.  Growing up in one of New York City's most underserved communities, Buery was profoundly affected by the different opportunities available to young people he grew up with in East New York, Brooklyn and those he went to school with at New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School.

During his entire career, he has demonstrated a great commitment to social innovation on behalf of underserved communities. As an undergrad at Harvard College, he co-founded the Mission Hill Summer Program, an enrichment program for children in a housing development in Boston. After graduating from Yale Law School, he co-founded iMentor, a mentoring program connecting middle and high school students with volunteer mentors through online and in-person meetings.

"For over 150 years, The Children's Aid Society has been synonymous with innovation, effectiveness, and zealous advocacy on behalf of New York City's children," said Buery. "I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this institution, and look forward to working with Children's Aid's board, staff, and - most importantly - the families we serve. I am fortunate to be taking the reins when Children's Aid is in a position of relative strength. These are difficult times, but it is precisely during times like these that we must focus on what is most important - investing in the health, happiness and well-being of our children."

"I am very pleased that Richard Buery will be joining and leading Children's Aid," said Pete Moses.  "He believes in change driven by impact on the lives of our children. I know that he has the compassion, commitment to the poor, skills and leadership ability to direct the agency and is excited that Children's Aid is able to provide comprehensive supports to have a transforming impact on families. I am confident that the staff will be excited to meet and work with him."

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