Children’s Aid Appoints Chief Operating Officer and Chief People and DEI Officer

Children’s Aid is happy to announce the appointment of two new leadership team members. 

Martin Baicker will serve as chief operating officer and will focus on ensuring Children’s Aid has the operational and technical controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to ensure operational excellence.

“Marty brings a great deal of experience to Children’s Aid from the healthcare and government sectors,” said Phoebe C. Boyer, president and CEO. “His background highlights his collaborative, teambuilding approach, which I know will add value to our ongoing efforts to optimize our operations, improve outcomes, and make a lasting impact on the lives of New York City’s children and youth.”

Baicker comes to Children’s Aid from SCO Family of Services, where he was the chief operating officer. While there, he oversaw 2,700 employees across 120 sites in New York City and Long Island, and oversaw strategic planning and partnerships.

Prior to his work at SCO Family of Services, he worked at the Seattle King County Department of Public Health in Washington, where he planned and executed a COVID testing and vaccination strategy for a county of 2.3 million people. He also worked for several hospitals and healthcare facilities, improving the operational efficiency and financial health of each organization.

Baicker earned his master’s in public administration, with a focus in health administration, from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Services. He received his bachelor’s from Empire State College.

Sheryl Haughton Taylor will serve as the agency’s first chief people and diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Haughton Taylor will focus on setting a strategic, forward-looking vision for talent management and human resources; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and learning and development.  

“Sheryl brings a wealth of experience to Children’s Aid from the nonprofit 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 build upon the existing work of the organization to make it ever more inclusive and anti-racist.”

Haughton Taylor comes to Children’s Aid from The Osborne Association, where she was executive vice president and chief administrative officer. While there, she oversaw appropriate and equitable recruitment, hiring, and advancement practices to ensure a competent, diverse, and committed workforce.

Prior to her work at The Osborne Association, she worked at EPIC Long Island as the chief human resources officer, driving all human resources aspects of the organization, including strategy, development, and planning. She also worked at Independent Living Association, Inc. as the director of human services, and MTA Long Island Railroad as the human resources and administration manager.

Haughton Taylor earned a master’s of business administration, with a focus in management, from Dowling College. She received her bachelor’s from Stony Brook University.

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