Kathleen J.S. Mills, PhD, LICSW, Vice President for Programs

Kathleen J.S. Mills, PhD, LICSW joined the Foundation in April 2022 as Vice President for Programs. Dr. Mills is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking agenda as set by the Board, including management of the grant portfolio and budgets, directing outreach activities, facilitating the application process, monitoring the grant evaluation process, and assisting in evaluating the Foundation’s impact. She also advises and supports grantees’ evaluation, advocacy, and lobbying efforts.

Dr. Mills comes to the Foundation with diverse experiences in program leadership, training, consultation, grant writing, advocacy, and clinical service provision. She provided strategic direction for PQI and training and led efforts to develop a theory of change at RFK Community Alliance, consulted to the Children’s Mental Health Campaign including finalizing an action plan for the MA Early Childhood Behavioral Health System of Care, directed workforce development opportunities at the Infant-Parent Training Institute of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, evaluated implementation strategies of MA child welfare and Early Intervention systems, and trained a variety of audiences on the impact of child exposure to domestic violence.

She received her PhD in Social Policy degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College, and her Bachelor of Arts in political science degree from the University of New Hampshire.