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Voices For Children Appoints Kelly Capen Douglas As President & CEO

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 2:42 pm

Kelly Capen Douglas has been appointed president & chief executive officer of Voices for Children (VFC), the local nonprofit organization certified by the Court in San Diego and Riverside Counties to recruit and train Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. CASAs serve as consistent, caring adults for children who are in foster care after experiencing abuse or neglect. In addition, CASAs have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of foster children by providing critical information to judges making decisions about the children’s futures.

A native San Diegan, Douglas has spent the last 26 years working in San Diego’s legal and higher education communities. She has served as the general counsel of the University of San Diego since 2005, where she led the university’s legal department and was the chief legal advisor to the board of trustees. Before joining USD, she was a partner at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP (now Dentons). Douglas received a law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University.

An engaged community volunteer, Douglas currently serves as vice chair of the Goodwill Industries of San Diego board of directors, and is active in various leadership roles with the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She was honored by both organizations for her service, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from Goodwill and the First Decade Award from NACUA. She was recognized as one of San Diego’s top general counsel by the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego Daily Transcript, and most recently was a 2019 recipient of the First Chair Award, which recognizes in-house counsel around the country who have made significant contributions to the legal community.

Douglas and her husband, J.D. Douglas, chief financial officer at the Challenged Athletes Foundation, have two adult children, Courtney and Collin, who are students at Stanford University. Douglas and her husband are both Coronado High School graduates, class of 1987, and currently live in Coronado.

Board chair William B. Sailer said, “On behalf of the board of directors, I am honored to welcome Kelly to Voices for Children. Her diverse experiences at USD and Luce Forward will help her lead VFC in its mission of advocating on behalf of foster children in San Diego and Riverside Counties. An exhaustive search was conducted, and the board is grateful to the many qualified candidates who expressed interest in the role. As we welcome Kelly, we would also like to express our profound gratitude to David Bialis for generously serving as interim CEO during our search and until Kelly joins us in October.”

Douglas will be responsible for leading the entire organization beginning Oct. 14, 2019.

“I am honored to join our dedicated and passionate Court Appointed Special Advocates, staff, board members, and other stakeholders, as we continue to advance Voices for Children’s 39-year tradition of excellence and impact in our community,” said Douglas. “Through our CASAs - and the power of strong relationships and human connection - we have the unique opportunity to change the trajectory of the lives of our foster children and other at-risk youth.”

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