Child advocacy group taps chief

By Ret Boney

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute has named Barbara Bradley its new executive director, a post she will assume on October 4.

She replaces Jonathan Sher, executive director for eight years, who will return from sabbatical in October to become a senior fellow in education with the organization.

Bradley is vice president for community development at America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, a nationwide network of community coalitions that work to improve the lives of children and their families.

She brings experience in gang-violence prevention and substance-abuse prevention among adolescents, and has served as vice president for United Way of America and Communities in Schools, a group that locates community services within schools to better serve children and families and to reduce dropout rates.

“I’ve had 30 years of background in working with children and youth,” says Bradley.  “This brings all my interests and passions together in one place.”

The institute is a statewide nonprofit organization, established in 1983 to work for the fair treatment of North Carolina’s children and youth, primarily in the areas of health and safety, maltreatment and fatalities, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, education reform and research.

As executive director, Bradley says, she hopes to find consistent primary medical care for uninsured children throughout the state in addition to furthering the institute’s existing areas of focus.

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