David Destefano

Chief of Strategy

David DeStefano has 25 years of experience developing and improving programs for nonprofit and state-level health and human service organizations. He has a strong focus on outcome and performance improvement through process management, leadership and workforce engagement, work systems enhancement, measurement, work-flow efficiencies, and strategic planning and deployment.

He has extensive national experience in the areas of:

  • Organizational assessment and development of recommendations based on accreditation standards, nationally recognized best practice, and Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence;
  • External evaluation of multiple federal demonstration projects and National Resource Center;
  • Development of child welfare, Title IV-E, and Medicaid costing and rate setting models;
  • Application of cost allocation and federal cost principles;
  • Coordination of responses to Federal Opportunity Announcements and state Requests for Proposals;
  • State-level preparation for federal program audits;
  • Strategic planning and implementation; and
  • Program outcome measurement and improvement using Lean Six Sigma.

He has served as the external evaluator for the FRIENDS National Resource Center, as the co-PI on federal projects including a sub-grant through the Federal Quality Improvement Center for the Privatization of Child Welfare, and on multiple grants including Family Finding, Child Welfare/ Educational Collaborations, and Family Group Decision Making. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Partner of J.K. Elder & Associates, Inc, Vice President of Sequoia Consulting Group, Director in the Child Welfare division of MAXIMUS, and as a Consultant / Analyst for David M. Griffith & Associates. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy.

As a leadership team member at Kids Central, David oversees the implementation and alignment of organizational strategy including the Annual Business Plan, Balanced Scorecard, and Strategic Plan. He also serves as the Grant Administrator for the Florida Intelligent Recruitment project.