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Phil Coltoff
Senior Faculty Fellow; McSilver Faculty Fellow
(212) 992-9734

Areas of Expertise

Leadership/organizational development, youth/development programs


Philip Coltoff, 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 five books, including, The Block: One Block in the South Bronx, 1940s – 1980s; 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.

Learn about Mr. Coltoff's most recent book, The Block.