Philip Coltoff, MSW '64, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children's Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. During this period of leadership the budget of the Society grew from $10 million to $85 million annually and developed trailblazing programs in teen pregnancy prevention, public school reform, and the reintegration of juvenile offenders. These programs have been replicated in 13,000 sites, nationally and internationally.
He currently is the Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and executive-in-residence at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Coltoff is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the prestigious William S. White award from the United States Department of Education.
Mr. Coltoff currently teaches Executive Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector, a six-part seminar series. Mr. Coltoff is the author of four books, including At the Crossroads: Not-for-Profit Leadership Strategies for Executives and Boards and The Challenge of Change: Leadership Strategies for Not-for-Profit Executives and Boards.
Jama Shelton, MSW '04, LMSW, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized leader on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness with more than 14 years of experience working with LGBT youth, the last 10 of which were focused specifically on the issue of homelessness. Jama’s dissertation research highlighted the experiences of transgender young people experiencing homelessness. After receiving an MSW in 2004, Jama began a 9-year stint at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing and supportive services for LGBT youth experiencing homelessness.
Currently, Dr. Shelton is the True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project Director, the only national organization focused solely on the issue of LGBT youth homelessness. In this role, Jama is engaged in systemic change efforts directly informed by years of direct practice experience. Having worked in the areas of direct clinical practice with LGBT youth experiencing homelessness, as well as program development, program evaluation, research, technical assistance and training, Dr. Shelton brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing both homeless LGBT youth and also the service providers with whom they work. Through public education, advocacy, research, and capacity building, the Forty to None Project seeks to reduce the disproportionate representation of LGBT youth in the population of youth experiencing homelessness.
Of particular importance in Dr. Shelton’s work is the role of cisnormativity in the production and maintenance of transphobia. Dr. Shelton is also an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.