Children’s Aid Appoints Alice Tan as Chief of Staff

NEW YORK, NY —  Children’s Aid today announced Alice Tan as its new chief of staff. Tan will serve as a key member of the leadership team to improve overall organizational effectiveness, communication, and accountability. She will also lead the organization’s Office of Public Policy as it works to ensure that all children and youth have the resources and tools to realize their full potential.

“Ali brings a wealth of experience to Children’s Aid from the private, nonprofit, philanthropy, and government sectors,” said Phoebe C. Boyer, president and CEO. “I know that she will excel in the continual efforts to improve our outcomes and achieve the integration of all of our services to best support children, youth, and their families.”

Tan comes to Children’s Aid from the New York Public Library, where she was the director of strategic advancement for education programs and initiatives. While there, she directed fundraising for youth and adult education programs and led strategic partnerships with youth-serving organizations and city agencies.

Prior to her work at the New York Public Library, she raised funds for the New York City Department of Education at the Fund for Public Schools. She also worked as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits immediately after her tenure at the Picower Foundation, where she spent nearly six years in a variety of grant-making roles. Tan has also worked for KPMG LLP, in Risk Advisory Services, and for Prep for Prep. She began her career as an English teacher and Multicultural Affairs Director at Deerfield Academy.

Tan earned a master’s in public administration, with a focus on nonprofit management and education policy, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more than 165 years, Children’s Aid has been committed to ensuring that there are no boundaries to the aspirations of young people, no limits to their potential. We know what it takes to ensure children and youth grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong stable families. Today, we serve nearly 50,000 children, youth, and their families at more than 40 sites in four under-resourced neighborhoods in New York City. For additional information, contact Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938 or

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