Our Secretariat is based in the US and works to increase awareness and support of the Alliance's work and membership around the world. Our network of 2,900 members in 145 countries generates the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools, and political will and action to address key social service workforce challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Contact us to explore how the Alliance can support your next project. Please complete the online form and an email will be sent to our general staff email box.
Hugh Salmon is the Director of the Alliance. He first qualified as a social worker in England in 1995, after which he worked in various roles in children’s services, for both local government and NGOs. In 2000, he began working internationally, training and advising social service staff and volunteers, as well as managers and policy makers, first in Eastern Europe, then in Central Asia, and more recently in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. From 2012 to 2018, he was a member of the leadership team that established Family for Every Child as a new global alliance of local civil society organizations, committed to reforming and improving children’s care worldwide. During this time, he helped grow the membership and strengthen the engagement of members in the overall network. He coordinated a range of multi-country, member-led projects of research, learning and practice exchange, and led the development of the RISE Learning Network on recovery and reintegration from child sexual exploitation. More recently, Hugh has worked as a consultant on initiatives to map, assess, develop and strengthen the social service workforce and family-based alternative care services in several countries. He has master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of London and in Civil Society Management from London South Bank University. He currently resides with his family in Kyrgyzstan.
Nicole Brown is the Communications & Advocacy Manager. For the last six years she has supported the work of the Alliance in several roles. She currently leads the development and implementation of the organization's strategic communications and advocacy plan and manages the Alliance website, social media and member communications. She has 17 years of experience in international communications, advocacy and program management at international non-profit and membership-based organizations. She has traveled to more than 65 countries globally and has a great appreciation for contextualizing and adapting content. Nicole is proficient in French. She holds an MSc in Journalism from Roosevelt University. She is based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Her last day with the Alliance is April 20.
Marie Diop Goumballa is the Grants Manager. She joined the organization in February to provide part-time support in budgeting, grants management and financial reporting as well as operational support. She has helped manage multi-year grants from governments, private foundations, and corporations, and developed processes to streamline grant reporting and forge stronger donor relations. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Notre Dame of Maryland University. Originally from Senegal, she resides in Maryland, USA.