Child Trends Board of Directors Selects New President

WASHINGTON, DCThe Board of Directors of Child Trends today announced the selection of a new President, Carol A. Emig. The current President, Kristin A. Moore, will resume full-time research responsibilities as a Child Trends Senior Scholar, and will lead the new Research-to-Results program area. The transition will occur in October.


Emig is currently Executive Director of the nonpartisan Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, where her work has been widely praised. Several of the Commission’s recommendations to improve outcomes for children in foster care have been adopted by Congress and state courts across the country; others have a prominent role in ongoing policy debates over how best to ensure safety, permanence, and well-being for children in foster care.  Emig will continue to serve as a resource to the Pew Commission after she joins Child Trends.


Prior to joining the Pew Commission, Emig served as Vice President for External Relations at Child Trends, where she established Child Trends’ communications program. She has held numerous other positions in the fields of research and policy including: Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Deputy Director of the National Commission on Children.


Jack Leone, Chair of Child Trends’ Board of Directors commented on the appointment saying, “Kris Moore’s leadership of Child Trends over the past 14 years has been exemplary. We know that Carol Emig’s skills will further enhance Child Trends’ ability to have a positive impact on the lives of children in the US. We are fortunate to have both Kris and Carol on the Child Trends team.”


Moore noted that she looks forward to working with Emig during the transition and in coming years. “Carol is a good colleague, and I am confident that Child Trends’ mission will prosper under her leadership.”


“I’m delighted to rejoin Child Trends as President,” said Emig.  “It is one of the nation’s leading centers for policy- and program-oriented research on children.  I look forward to working with the Board and staff to ensure that Child Trends continues to grow and thrive in pursuit of its mission of improving children’s lives and future prospects.”


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