Nan Dale has had a distinguished career in both international public health, as well as in child welfare and juvenile justice. Before joining Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA, Ms. Dale served as President and CEO of Helen Keller International, managing an agency devoted to the prevention of malnutrition and the elimination of preventable blindness around the world. Prior to that position, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Children’s Village (CV), a multi-service agency for children, adolescents and families, located principally in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She also created and ran the Children’s Village Institute, a separate not-for-profit corporation to house the Center for Child Welfare Research, initiated to bridge the gap between practitioners, academics and policy makers. During her tenure at CV, she brought the agency from a fledgling organization with an annual budget of $3 million to a multi-service $43 million agency with a national reputation for program excellence and innovation.
Ms. Dale’s international work began when she took a leave of absence from CV in 1993 to see if she could be of service to the victims of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She developed The Croatia Project to improve conditions in the refugee camps, develop schools and psycho-social supports and train local personnel and NGO staff members in post traumatic stress syndrome and conflict resolution work with adolescents.
After returning to CV, Ms. Dale became engaged in a range of international programs, including assisting Doctors of the World in Sierra Leone to assess the efficacy of providing support services to war victims testifying before the world court, working with the American Friends Service Committee in Iraq in 1999 to assess the effect of the United Nations Sanctions on maternal and child health, implementing programs to bring troubled youth from New York City to Ghana to install computers in local schools, and developing youth exchanges between Croatia and Children’s Village.
Ms. Dale has published extensively, particularly in the area of child welfare, is sought after as a speaker and panelist and has also received numerous awards for her work. A complete list of publications and awards is available upon request.
Ms. Dale was awarded a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and a master’s in Special Education from Yeshiva University in New York City. She has also completed coursework towards a Ph.D in neuro-biology.
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