MEET OUR TEAM

Emerging from almost a decade of learning from the Population Change Learning Community and partnerships across the country, our goal is to build the collective capacity of individuals, organizations, networks, and communities. We aim to unify multi-sector, place-based efforts and sustain efforts towards population level outcomes as indicated by child wellbeing. We also work with government and philanthropic institutions to help them best support place-based systems change initiatives.

Patricia Bowie, Managing Director for Learning and Design

Patricia serves as project lead for a national cross-site learning community supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This community of learners dedicated to early childhood outcomes includes the Magnolia Community Initiative in Los Angeles, one of Ms. Bowie’s long-term endeavors. Ms. Bowie is a Senior Fellow with the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and as part of this partnership, provides consultations on early childhood systems building to the cities and communities participating in TECCS – Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems. Most recently this has included supporting the design of a Southern CA and national Early Development Index (EDI) learning exchange, providing direct support to the place-based strategies supported by the Children’s Bureau of Southern CA, partnering with UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and First 5LA in launching a LA County City Leaders Learning Community, supporting the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Body and working with the Riverside County First 5 on a design of a county-wide Family Resource Center Network.

Liz Welch, Managing Director for Strategic Partnerships

Liz works with leaders, organizations, and movements to implement change strategies. She approaches this work with the belief that relationships lead and that systems change is how we will build a more equitable world. She was previously Director of Advancement for Thunder Valley CDC. In this position, she led fundraising efforts to grow the organization from a budget of under a half a million dollars to over eight million in four years. During that time, the organization grew from a vision to a community development and from a staff of four to a staff of over 100. Liz is also the founder and Principal of Emergence LLC. A social worker by training, she is currently working on a PhD in Leadership and Change through Antioch University.

Janet Arelis Quezada, Resident Engagement Associate

Janet grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of Black, immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. After Wellesley College, she began a 20+ career in non-profit service in various roles, most recently at GLAAD as the Campaigns Manager for the Spanish-language and Latinx department, honing her skills in communication, facilitation and organization. Her passion is expanding equity and access. She joined the Population Change team in January 2020 as a Capacity Building Coach for the Magnolia Community Initiative. A writer and producer, she finds creative pursuits vital to peace of mind. She lives in Pasadena, California with her partner of 20 years. 

Joyce Bosco, Consultant

Janet Joyce has been recognized for her strong leadership, parent engagement, and community organizing skills, as well as her dedicated civic engagement commitment of over 30 years as a Hartford resident to improving services to families in the Greater Hartford Area. She previously served as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Southside Family Center, a position she held for 10 years. During her tenure, she and the family center received numerous awards of excellence at the city, state, and national levels. The major emphasis of her work after that to the present has been to support systems change by providing technical assistance and professional development in the areas of family support and engagement, parent leadership development, and civic engagement that align with local, state, and national initiatives. She has sat on numerous planning tables across the state and nationally In 2015, Joyce developed the Capital Region Alliance for Family Support and Engagement (C.R.A.F.S.E.) — in partnership with the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to connect family support professionals to best practices and to offer opportunities to learn and grow together. She has presented both locally and nationally and is a strong proponent of authentic resident/ parent engagement, which supports residents/parents as partners, leaders, decision makers, and advocates. She believes that they need to be at the table to have a strong voice in developing solutions to the issues that affect them most to advance equity and create sustainable solutions for generations to come.

Maria Chesley, PhD, Consultant

Maria leads and contributes to organizations and multi-sector systems-change efforts that promote the health and wellbeing of children, families, and communities. Her projects have included conducting a needs assessment of the local childcare system for the Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, facilitating the community selection of closed-loop referral software for an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Network of Care, and stewarding the Santa Barbara County Network of Family Resource Centers. Before becoming an independent consultant, Maria was the Executive Director of the Carpinteria Children’s Project for over seven years, led a proficiency-based teacher training program, was a teacher of elementary English Language Learners, and raised two young men whom she adores.