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August 24, 2016

Children’s Institute, Inc. Announces New President & CEO

(LOS ANGELES)— Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) —one of the country’s largest children’s services agencies—is proud to announce the selection of Martine Singer, MBA, as the new President and CEO of the 110-year-old organization. Following an extensive nationwide search, Martine will succeed retiring CEO Mary M. Emmons, whose 35-year leadership helped grow the organization from a small community resource, to a nationally-recognized multi-service organization providing holistic and coordinated support to nearly 28,000 children and families a year. Martine will assume her new role on November 7, 2016.

Martine brings extensive non-profit management experience and a passionate commitment to improving the lives of children in some of Los Angeles’s most distressed communities. Since 2012 she has served as President and CEO of Para Los Niños, where she leads a staff of more than 400 professionals, serving 7,500 of the city’s most impoverished children and their families through three charter schools, six early education centers, a range of mental health and social services, and extensive community outreach and parent engagement programs.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to warmly welcome Martine as the new President and CEO of Children’s Institute, Inc.,” said Board Chairman Charles P. Diamond. “We are thrilled with Martine’s decision to join us. She is among the most respected nonprofit executives in California, and her proven dedication to providing the highest-quality services to underserved children and families makes her a fitting successor to Mary Emmons, whose wise and bold stewardship for over three decades provides Martine with a solid foundation for the future.”

CII’s programs engage families in multiple, trauma-informed services designed to promote recovery, resilience and readiness. The organization provides clinical services to address children’s mental health needs, early childhood programs, parent support services, and youth development activities designed to build skills and self-esteem. As President and CEO of Children’s Institute, Inc., Martine will oversee an annual operating budget of $66 million and a staff of more than 800, stationed across CII’s three main campuses, four community centers and 28 Early Childhood centers throughout Los Angeles. She will also guide the organization’s $75 million Building on Success campaign to expand services throughout Los Angeles and build a new CII Campus— designed pro-bono by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry—in the historic community of Watts.

“I’m honored to join CII, a beacon of hope and recovery for families and a leader in trauma-sensitive care,” said Martine. “I’m so excited to work alongside the staff, board and families of CII to build a brighter future for children who’ve experienced violence, poverty and scarcity.”

Prior to joining Para Los Niños, Martine served for six years as Executive Director of Hollygrove, an LA nonprofit with a 135-year history of helping at-risk children and their families. She has also held executive positions in several global media companies, including both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and founded her own consulting firm serving media clients as well as nonprofit organizations.

Martine is a board member of the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, Wise Freedom School Partners and Making Poverty History, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. A native New Yorker, Martine holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

For more information about Children’s Institute, Inc., or new President and CEO Martine Singer, please contact Courtney Kassel, Vice President of Communications, at 213-260-7715 or

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