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Kathy Park

Kathy Park

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of NCCD, Kathy Park provides strategic vision to the organization while overseeing programmatic and organizational operations. Kathy has led key initiatives including Data for Equity, ethics in predictive analytics, and Pay for Success and Social Innovation Finance projects.

Kathy joined NCCD in 2000. She has worked throughout her tenure in partnership with numerous state and local social services agencies across the United States and internationally to transform child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult protective services systems through an infusion of research-based and data-driven approaches to decision making.

Kathy came into the field of social justice out of a desire to prevent youth from escalating within and across the child welfare-juvenile justice-adult corrections systems. She began working as a child protective services front-line investigator with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. She went on to work in ongoing family preservation, in supervising a blended child and adult protection unit, and at the state’s protective services policy unit.

Kathy has served on peer review panels for the National Institute of Justice and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She is a member of the National Center on the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the National Adult Protective Services Association and its Research Committee. She has served as a board member for the Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (WIPSAC) and as a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club.

Kathy is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar and the recipient of the 2011 Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Award from the National Adult Protective Services Association given in recognition of a significant contribution to the knowledge and development in the fields of elder abuse or persons with disabilities. Her writing has appeared in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, The Crime Report, Wisconsin State Journal, Chronicle of Social Change, Cap Times, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kathy has spoken and presented for organizations including the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), Data for Impact, MetroLab Network, Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Operation New Hope, #cut50, Ford Foundation, Social Innovation Fund, and Third Sector Capital Partners.

Pronouns: she, her


Recent publications by Kathy Park:

Kathy Park

Over the past year, NCCD staff have engaged in deep conversations about what equity means to us and for us, both as individuals and as an organization with the mission of promoting just and equitable social systems. Many of us participated in Race Forward’s Racial Justice Leadership training last year, which empowered us to address race equity in

Kathy Park

Expanding Wisconsin’s prisons is the wrong way to address the growing prison population. Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Jon Litscher is right about the need for relief, but increasing prison space—as he proposed in October—is a shortsighted and costly approach. Fortunately, DOC, our courts, and the Wisconsin legislature have many tools

Kathy Park, NCCD CEO

The June 23 ruling by a federal judge is the push Wisconsin needs to catch up with the national movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement for youth. In asking for quick and substantial changes at Wisconsin’s juvenile correctional facility, US District Judge James Peterson alluded to research showing that some practices used at Lincoln

Kathy Park, NCCD CEO

An op-ed by NCCD CEO Kathy Park was published today in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. In "To Fix the Justice System, Go Outside," Park argues that we should look to community solutions to solve criminal justice problems. She suggests that supporting successful direct-service programs, whether they are evidence based or not, is paramount

Kathy Park, NCCD CEO

As we wrap up this blog series, I’d like to share lessons learned so far in the process of NCCD’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. I expect to add to this list—and look forward to it! Be intentional and honest about what you see “in the mirror.” As a leader, you do yourself a disservice by avoiding hard realities. Do not try this alone. Engage

Kathy Park

For mission-driven organizations, a mission statement represents the idealized “self.” It’s the ultimate statement about what we want to be and do in the world. As CEO of NCCD, it is my job to hold up the mirror and discern how closely the reflected image resembles where we want to be. Not surprisingly, many organizations do not live up to their

Kathy Park, CEO
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

In a new op-ed published today by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, CEO Kathy Park articulates the vulnerability of youth detained by police and the many factors that leave young people and their families in the dark about their rights. Park asserts that while brain science demonstrates that “young people would seem by definition unable to meet the legal criteria for waiving Miranda rights,” legal protections have not kept pace with the science.