Children's Aid Announces New Chief Development Officer and VP of Health and Wellness

The Children’s Aid Society today announced the appointments of Caroline Gallagher as its new chief development officer and Daniel H. Stephens, MD, as vice president of Health and Wellness. Gallagher will lead all private and public fundraising efforts. Stephens will oversee all of Children's Aid clinical services and health programming.

Gallagher comes to Children’s Aid from Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a New York City nonprofit that helps find loving homes for children who need them, and offers a continuum of clinical services to support permanency. She served as executive vice president and chief development officer, where she drove fundraising strategy and scaled major gift cultivation, support, and stewardship.

“Caroline brings extensive fundraising expertise to Children’s Aid, with broad experience as both a lead development officer at several prominent nonprofit organizations and as a consultant,” said Children’s Aid President and CEO Phoebe Boyer. “With a long track record of exceptional fundraising achievement, and a deep understanding of nonprofit leadership and management, she will further Children’s Aid’s position as a leader in the fight against childhood poverty.”

Prior to her role at Spence-Chapin, Gallagher provided strategic development consultation to a variety of nonprofit organizations as head of her own independent consulting firm and as senior managing director of Changing Our World, Inc. As a consultant, she provided counsel and oversight on annual and major donor fundraising initiatives, board engagement and solicitation trainings, and multimillion-dollar capital campaigns. Gallagher’s fundraising experience began in education, having held key development positions at Xavier High School in Manhattan. A tenure as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in the Bronx preceded her work in development and fundraising.

Gallagher earned a master’s in education at Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Providence College.

Stephens comes to Children's Aid from Union Community Health Center (UCHC) in the Bronx where he served as the director of Adolescent Medicine. As clinical director of the Teen Health Center, he provided first-rate care to youth in the Bronx. In addition to clinical services, he was responsible for community outreach and program support. Daniel also partnered with the New York City Department of Health on its Teens Connection program to provide evidence-based sexual health education and clinic linkage between UCHC, local schools, and foster care agencies.

“Danny’s entire career has been dedicated to ensuring that children and youth, especially those from lower-income communities, have access to quality health care and comprehensive services that support their well-being,” said Miriam Martinez, chief program officer. “His experience as a teacher brings a special dimension to his work as a physician, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board to continue that work with Children’s Aid clients.”

Previously, Stephens was on the faculty at Columbia University working at Harlem Hospital as an attending physician in the pediatric emergency room. He also brings a broad set of experiences beyond medicine. He was a public school classroom teacher and coach in Compton, California, and an account manager in customer business development for Procter & Gamble. He also serves as a trustee of the board of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Originally from Oakland, California, Stephens earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a doctor of medicine from Columbia University. 

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, nonprofit organization established to serve the children of New York City.  Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics, and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email, or visit

Take Action