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Alliance Staff

Over the last six years, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance has helped to generate data, provide technical expertise, develop frameworks, convene stakeholders, train advocates, generate political will and define the social service workforce to ensure they have the adequate planning, development and support to aid vulnerable children and families in improving health, well-being and resiliency. Our staff are situated in four locations across two continents to be culturally adapt and cost-efficient. Alliance staff work to increase awareness and support of the Alliance's work and membership around the world. Our network of 2,200 members in 135 countries enables us to learn from and disseminate best practices across the globe. Contact us to explore how the Alliance can support your next project.

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Betsy Sherwood, MSW

Betsy Sherwood joined the organization in October 2018 as Director. She is a social worker who is passionate about promoting the rights and well-being of children and families and building the capacity of the social service workforce globally. For the past 13 years she has worked and consulted for various international organizations such as Save the Children, CBM International, the International Rescue Committee, the Women's Refugee Commission, and UNICEF and lived and worked in more than 15 countries, including seven years working in Haiti. She has technical expertise in psychosocial support, case management, gender-based violence, protection mainstreaming, and disability inclusion. She possesses skills in participatory research and evaluation methods and innovative program design. She has also served on senior management teams for international NGOs and held responsibility for financial, programming, security and human resources decisions. Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Communications and Political Science from Syracuse University and a master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Global Service from Fordham University. She was selected to serve in the Alliance’s first cohort of Ambassadors.

Amy Bess, MSW
Senior Advisor

Amy Bess has recently stepped into a new role as Senior Advisor. Amy led the Alliance as Director from 2012-2018 and is a co-founder of the organization. Amy is a social worker dedicated to addressing the psychosocial well-being and protection of vulnerable children and families, particularly by promoting and developing the professional skills of the workforce serving this population. She has worked in management and technical advisor roles with international NGOs over the past 20+ years and has expertise in facilitating interagency collaboration to design innovative programs and implement effective social services. Amy possesses skills in team building and staff management, program management, workshop and training facilitation, grant writing, budget management and M&E. She has lived and worked in more than 20 countries and traveled to more than 60. She has also managed US-based refugee resettlement programs. She has an MSW in community organization and administration from the University of Michigan. In her new role she will provide technical assistance to the Alliance, including developing new toolkits and resources.

Nicole Brown, MSc
Deputy Director

Nicole joined the organization in 2015 as communications manager and in February 2019 moved into the newly created deputy director role. She provides leadership for the development and implementation of the Alliance’s communications and advocacy strategies and tactics, including leading the Alliance's Ambassador program and the advocacy interest group. She also helps to further develop relationships with external stakeholders in support of the Alliance's mission. She has 15 years' experience in leading strategic and tactical communications efforts at international organizations with a focus on health and well-being. She has traveled to more than 65 countries and worked with volunteers, international NGOs, government and civil society to promote programs that improve lives. She holds an MSc in Journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago and BA in Journalism from Indiana University.

Dana Johnson, MBA
Administrative Officer

Dana Johnson provides operations, administrative and logistics support to ensure the smooth functioning of Alliance initiatives. She is an innovative leader with nearly 20 years of strategy, operations and communications experience. She and has worked for cause-driven non-profits as well as full-service communications firms and has engaged in work that promoted access and connection through operational excellence, cultural competence and inclusion practices. Dana has worked with clients and organizations in the education, hospitality, consumer research, public health, tourism, fitness and transportation industries. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago where she earned a Master of Science in Business Administration, with a General Management concentration, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a Marketing concentration.

Natia Partskhaladze, MD, MSc, MSW
Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Natia Partskhaladze joined the organization in 2017 as Senior Technical Advisor. She provides technical leadership and guidance on effective approaches of strengthening the social service workforce and manages a portfolio of partnerships, initiatives and special activities. She has 15 years of experience in the field of child protection and social service system strengthening, both at the policy and programming level. Natia is a founder and board member of the Georgian Association of Social Workers that unites almost 700 social workers and other social service professionals. Natia worked for UNICEF Georgia, where as a Senior National Child Protection Specialist she contributed toward developing the child protection system and implementing system reform, resulting in development of preventive and alternative care services and deinstitutionalization. She has also worked in the UNICEF Regional Office for the Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States in Geneva, where her aim was to contribute to the development of national capacities of the social service workforce needed for developing responsive child and social protection systems. Natia has a proven track record of providing strategic support to government partners in developing and implementing sustainable programs to reach highly vulnerable groups, convening and effectively coordinating work of state and non-state actors in child care reform, case management and social protection. She has earned degrees from leading universities in the United States, Europe and Georgia and is working toward a PhD in social work with research on the Quality of Life of Deinstitutionalized Children in Alternative out-of-home Care.