Frank Farrow served as the Director and President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) from 2001 through December 2019. In that role, he helped build the organization’s capacity for policy analysis and research as well as technical assistance to federal and state governments and local communities. With CSSP’s board and leadership team, Farrow focused CSSP’s work to evolve as a visible and effective anti-racist organization, integrate service system reform, community change, and policy analysis, expand CSSP’s capacity to support community-based early childhood system, and understand and advance power-building in communities that are historically marginalized. Prior to becoming director, Farrow served as CSSP’s Deputy Director and as Director of Children’s Services.
From 1999 through 2009, Farrow also served as the director of community change initiatives at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, MD, where he implemented new approaches to technical assistance and managed Casey’s national, multi-site place-based initiative, Making Connections. Farrow was the Director of Social Services for the state of Maryland from 1983 to 1987. In that capacity he managed the state’s child welfare programs, services older adults who are impaired, community services for adults with chronic mental illnesses, child day care, services for the homeless, and other social services. He currently serves on the boards of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) and of Urban Strategies, Inc. He has chaired other national and international boards. He holds a BA from Yale University and a MA in social welfare policy and planning from the University of Chicago.