Parrott Creek Child & Family Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth and families involved in the juvenile-justice system, has selected Simon Fulford as its new executive director.
Fulford follows Parrott Creek's longtime Executive Director Linda Winnett, who left the organization in September to pursue new professional opportunities. Fulford started his role Oct. 15.
The Parrott Creek Board of Directors selected Fulford after an extensive search led by a team of staff, partners and board members. Parrott Creek Board Member Glenn Wachter, a leadership professional in the health care industry, coordinated the search.
"Parrott Creek is excited to bring a new leader on board with so many exceptional talents," Wachter said. "Simon is a seasoned nonprofit executive with nearly three decades of experience leading, nurturing and growing organizations with a particular focus on youth development and a passion for restorative justice. The board believes Simon will be an amazing asset to our organization, leading Parrott Creek to make a significant and expansive impact in our community."
Fulford has worked as a nonprofit professional in the United States, Europe and South Africa. Living in New York from 1992-2004, Fulford co-founded and directed Art Start, an arts-education organization serving socially excluded youth that was honored with a President's Service Award in 1997.
Fulford worked as a photographer and advocate in the disabled community, a role that brought him regularly to Oregon to work with local partners. Returning to England in 2005, he helped launch the National Disability Arts Collection & Archive and became regional director for three years of the Prince's Trust, a nonprofit that serves youth in the United Kingdom.
In 2010 he became chief executive of Khulisa UK, an arm of Khulisa Social Solutions, a program aimed at diverting youth from the criminal justice system, preventing violence and providing restorative justice.
Fulford moved to Oregon in 2016 as both a freelance criminal justice reform advocate and executive director of Diagrama Foundation USA, a chapter of Foundacion Diagrama, Spain's leading provider of juvenile justice services with operations in several European countries.
Prior to joining Parrott Creek, he spent a year as a senior program and policy analyst for the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA). In this role, he led the development of an agencywide equity framework and definition of an OYA culturally relevant service model.
He also co-designed and co-led culture-building initiatives and leadership training for both the executive team and more than 100 OYA managers.
"I just have to say that I am very excited to have joined the team," Fulford said.
"As I went through the interview process I became more and more inspired by both everything Parrott Creek has achieved to date and its incredible potential to positively impact so many more children and families. I really look forward to digging in to these possibilities as there is so much great work that we can build on."
Celebrating 50 years of service in 2018, Parrott Creek works to address various social, economic and health factors that can lead to risky behavior, poor choices and dysfunction in the home.
Parrott Creek reaches nearly 800 people per year through its programs and services.
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