On September 22, 2020, the first cohort of Felton Institute’s Leadership Development and Retention Program graduated in a virtual ceremony. The four graduates completed a three-year program designed to support leadership development and reward those who best represent the agency.

The training program runs for three years and features formal learning, coaching and mentoring, experimental learning, working in different departments and a $15,000 payment after successful completion. Employees eligible for the program are those who have worked with Felton Institute for at least three consecutive years and incurred no written warnings during the fiscal year period.

The leadership development program selected Bruce Adams, Julia Godzikovskaya, Jordan Pont, and Adrienne Abad Santos to flourish via an expanded introduction to leadership responsibilities within various divisions of the agency. The goal of the program was to retain and reward those who represent future agency leadership. President and CEO Al Gilbert provided congratulations and explained his vision that led to the creation of the Leadership Development and Retention Program. Chief People Officer Lizatte Dalmacio-Julien gave a welcome. In addition to CPO Liz Dalmacio-Julien, Felton COO of Children Youth & Family (CYF) and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Yohana Quiroz and Felton CFO and COO Marvin Davis serve as executive-level mentors for the program. Five cohorts have been chosen for the 2020-2023 program. Congratulations again to the graduates and to the new cohort group!

About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.

Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.

Felton is named for its social services pioneer and executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton who was called the ”conscience of San Francisco” and was committed to ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. www.felton.org