Children's Aid Appoints Courtenaye Jackson-Chase as General Counsel

The Children’s Aid Society today announced the hiring of Courtenaye Jackson-Chase as General Counsel. Jackson-Chase will serve as a chief legal advisor to ensure that Children’s Aid can best support the children and families it serves at 50 sites across New York City.

“We are excited to have Courtenaye join the Children’s Aid team,” said Phoebe C. Boyer, president and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society. “She brings decades of invaluable experience and a deep legal knowledge to our organization. Courtenaye will be a critical source of strategic thinking as we seek ways to constantly improve our operations and better serve the tens of thousands of children and their families who have come to count on Children’s Aid.”

Jackson-Chase joins Children’s Aid from the New York City Department of Education, where she served as General Counsel. Working as a chief legal advisor and strategist to the Chancellor and Senior Leadership Team, she focused on legal and compliance matters, employment law, special education, and equal opportunity programming and policy. Her commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from sexual harassment was established through ensuring adherence to the department’s Respect for All policy. Jackson-Chase has also served as a Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Chief Deputy to the General Counsel for the Department of Education.

Prior to the Department of Education, Jackson-Chase worked with the Center for Court Innovation to drive the organization’s mission in creating a more effective and humane justice system as a program director with the Midtown Community Court. Her efforts assisted court, social service clinic and service providers to maximize effectiveness of court operations, sentences and compliance monitoring. Earlier in her career, she has also served as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, focusing on homicide and sex crime cases for the District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson-Chase received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell 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

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