Our Staff

Peggy Cordero

Senior Program Specialist

Peggy Cordero, MA, joined NCCD in early 2015 as a senior program specialist. She focuses on supporting child welfare organizations nationally and internationally to integrate the tools and practices of the Structured Decision Making® system into daily work with children and families to support outcomes of safety, permanency, equity, and well-being.

She has 20 years of experience in child welfare practice in a variety of roles, including a decade of direct service and supervision and 13 years as a child welfare and juvenile probation educator, field coach, resource family assessor, and family/agency meeting facilitator throughout California. Peggy earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in psychology from Chapman University, Orange, California.

Peggy brings her passion for strengths-based practice strategies that build effective family partnerships and create permanency for children to her work as practice consultant and educator. She has extensive training, coaching, curriculum development, and facilitation skills and experience that allow her to work effectively with families and staff at all levels of the organization.


Recent publications from Peggy Cordero:

Peggy Cordero, Senior Program Specialist

A helpful connection with the parents we work with in child welfare can make all the difference in the family’s ability to build a shared partnership with us in creating and sustaining safety for their children. The crisis that initiates the family’s contact with a child protection professional can be shaped into either an opportunity or an obstacle in building that partnership. After that, every interaction between the worker and the parent moves the dial on the quality of the working relationship.