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Committee for Children Chief of Staff Elected as Board President of SEL Providers Association

Koua Franz to serve as 2022 president of the board of directors

SEATTLE—Today the SEL Providers Association (SELPA) announced that Committee for Children’s Chief of Staff, Koua Franz, will serve as president of its board of directors. This will be Franz’s third year supporting SELPA, which was previously known as the SEL Providers Council.

As the world enters the third year of the coronavirus pandemic and children’s social, emotional, and academic learning continues to be affected, it’s critically important for thought leaders in the field to collectively champion the benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL). Launched in 2019 and established as an independent nonprofit association in 2021, SELPA aims to advance high-quality SEL implementation by bringing together SEL providers for networking, shared learning, collective promotion, and advocacy.

“I appreciate the opportunity to chair the SEL Providers Association’s Board of Directors as president,” said Franz. “We have an impressive group governing the association in this inaugural year of becoming an independent nonprofit organization. I want to thank all the member organizations, especially the founding member organizations, for their contributions to and participation in SELPA. Because of your support, SELPA can continue to build meaningful partnerships that advance the field of social-emotional learning.”

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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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