Carol F. Burton, MSW is a transformation leader, strategic advisor, mentor, and a national thought partner. Over several decades she has achieved a unique perspective on the intersection between incarceration, homelessness, mental illness and addiction, and the effects on children, families and communities. Carol has a wealth of experience in designing innovative programming, policies, partnerships, and strategic plans; Carol works within public systems to deliver strategic advice and consultation. She is a skilled facilitator, adept in creating processes that create win/win strategies within complex leadership teams, governmental agencies, grassroots initiatives, and communities of faith.
Carol was born and raised in Benton Harbor, MI and spent the early years of her professional career in Flint, MI serving as the Program Director and Co-Principal Director of the county’s first longitudinal study and demonstration project on Children of Incarcerated Parents, Project S.E.E.K., (Services to Enable and Empowers Kids).
She is one of four national advisors on the Sesame Street toolkit “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” (https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/incarceration/). In 2013, Carol received The White House Champion of Change Award for her outstanding work on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents and she is Managing Director of the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents (www.accipp.org)
In 2015, she designed and launch the Project ENABLE and a Blueprint for Capacity Building. This corner piece was used to design a nine million dollar capacity program for the County of Alameda County and it is now replicated throughout California.
Carol’s leadership ability was nurtured at a young age and today she has demonstrated a commitment to helping others realize their abilities to lead responsibility in certain and uncertain times. From 2017-2019 Carol served as the interim Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health (http://www.acbhcs.org/Providers/news/news17/BHCS_Interim_Director_Announcement_Providers.pdf
Carol F. Burton is the Founder of Jeweld Legacy Group (www.jeweldlegacy.com) where she provides a range of capacity building services for public and private institutions, organizations, and individuals. Her company currently provides technical assistance, strategic planning, interim staffing, project, and relationship management support for public institutions, county leaders, and non-profit agencies. She is former Executive Director of Centerforce (www.centerforce1.org) and Associate Executive Director of the Osborne Association in NYC, NY. (www.osborneny.org).
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