Director, Capacity Building & Leadership
Juanita Gallion is the Director, Capacity Building & Leadership at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). She helps lead the organization’s work to advance racial equity through facilitation, training, capacity building, leadership development, and coaching with a variety of national and local partners and philanthropic organizations. In addition, she supports the learning culture within the organization, and shapes the creation and dissemination of lessons learned across CSSP’s various bodies of work. She previously managed the technical assistance and training for several large-scale community initiatives, including the U.S Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods program, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative to ensure families and communities had the resources they needed to achieve success.
Prior to joining CSSP, Juanita was at the National Civic League, where she managed the training, technical assistance, and learning agenda for a national initiative aimed at reducing children’s exposure to violence. Juanita’s additional experience includes working on a variety of racial and social justice issues, including youth and community engagement, worker rights, and national AIDS/HIV advocacy. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in social service administration, with concentrations in community development and policy and received her Bachelor’s degree in law and society from American University. She is currently one of the Annie E. Casey Foundations Results Count™ Advanced Practitioners, part of the Cataylst:Ed/Equity in the Center DEI Expert Hub, and a certified MBTI Certified Practitioner.