Names veteran development executive, Jamie Sullivan, to the position

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 11, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — United Friends of the Children announced today that Jamie Sullivan will serve as Chief Development Officer for the organization. Sullivan recently served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Cleveland Food Bank where she oversaw a staff of 25 who focused on fund development, communications, volunteer services, advocacy, and community relations. In her role, she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually in private donations.

“As United Friends continues to make a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of current and former foster youth in Los Angeles County, it’s critical to have a development executive with an entrepreneurial spirit, fundraising know-how and a successful track record of raising money for a high-functioning organization – Jamie Sullivan embodies all of that and much more,” said Dr. Kara Allen Soldati, president and chief executive officer of United Friends of the Children.

No stranger to advocating for children in vulnerable populations, Sullivan was director of a mentoring program at Sojourners Care Network, where she matched AmeriCorps members with foster youth; managed an after-school program; and ran a tutoring company focused on at-risk children. Sullivan earned Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Ohio University.

Over 30 years of experience has shown us that the best way to make a difference in the lives of foster youth is to provide a reliable relationship over time. Therefore, United Friends of the Children’s programs focus on commitment and consistency. College Readiness students can receive up to six years of support; College Sponsorship participants can count on five years of financial support; Pathways participants can spend 18 to 24 months in program housing but the relationship extends many years beyond that through our alumni program. United Friends uses its knowledge and experience to influence policy decisions and is a frequent resource to others locally and across the country, sharing program models, information and expertise. For more information, please visit

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