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Committee for Children Announces Departure of Chief Operating Officer

SEATTLE – Committee for Children today announced the departure of the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), John Hults, effective March 15, 2021. Hults is leaving to pursue another opportunity and VP of Finance and Operations Kelsie Longbrake has been appointed to the role of interim COO.

“We sincerely appreciate John’s leadership and contributions to the growth and success of Committee for Children over the past five years and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Andrea Lovanhill, CEO of Committee for Children.

“It has been my privilege to help move the important work of Committee for Children forward,” said Hults. “Deciding to start a new phase in life was very difficult, but the strength and depth of the team we have built makes me confident the organization is well positioned to deliver on its mission to foster the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development.”


About Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a global nonprofit that has championed the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning, child protection, and bullying prevention for more than 40 years. With a history of action and influence, we’re known as a leader in social-emotional education and a force in advocacy, research, and innovation in the field. We take a comprehensive approach to SEL, promoting social-emotional well-being from birth to early adulthood—supporting not just classrooms, but entire communities. As our programs transform the lives of more than 20.5 million children per year, we rise to meet societal challenges to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Visit to learn more.

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