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Committee for Children Names First Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

SEATTLE—June 28, 2022—Committee for Children, a global leader in research-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, has appointed Emily Holthaus as chief diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer, effective August 1, 2022. In this newly created role, Holthaus will join the Executive Leadership Team and report directly to Committee for Children CEO Andrea Lovanhill.

“I’m ecstatic that Emily will be joining Committee for Children,” said Lovanhill. “With her background, expertise, and extensive knowledge of our DEI priorities and goals, I’m confident Emily will successfully lead strategy development and execution for our DEI vision in pursuit of our North Star Goal and becoming an anti-racist organization.”

Holthaus has more than 18 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on strategic leadership and implementing systems-level solutions to increase DEI and engagement. Previously, she served in a variety of DEI leadership positions, including director of multicultural leadership development for the YMCA of the USA, and founder and principal consultant of inclusivity as well as managing director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Nonprofit HR. She has previously partnered with Committee for Children as a strategic advisor supporting the development of the organization’s DEI initiatives. Throughout that partnership, Holthaus was an invaluable collaborator in designing and launching the organization’s initiatives to increase staff DEI knowledge and improve practices to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture of belonging.

“I’m truly excited to join Committee for Children as its first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer,” said Holthaus. “Committee for Children has demonstrated a strong commitment to DEI through action and words, setting its intent through a bold DEI vision and consistently utilizing an equity lens to increase access to programs, content, and services.”

As Chief DEI Officer, Holthaus will lead Committee for Children’s systems-level DEI visioning and strategy development to help make the organization more effective, high-performing, and globally inclusive. Holthaus will also define and implement overarching organizational frameworks, learning, and strategic plans designed to help staff co-create a culture of inclusion and belonging.

“In order to reach our North Star Goal to positively and equitably transform the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2030, applying a DEI lens across the organization is an essential element,” Holthaus said. “I look forward to serving as a key thought partner in Committee for Children’s DEI journey as the team continues to advance this important work that will support young people’s social-emotional well-being across the globe.”


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 24.4 million children per year, we rise to meet societal challenges to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Visit to learn more.

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