Background: As NFYI’s Associate Organizing Director, Pip works to create and implement strategic organizational movement-building on national, state, and local levels, with a focus on transforming the Los Angeles County child welfare system. Pip supports and trains current and former foster youth aged 18 to 30 through NFYI’s organizing internship program. He also works to build coalitions with community partners, decision makers, and members of the public who support NFYI’s efforts to uplift foster youth voices.
Prior to joining NFYI, Pip worked with the UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, training LA County professionals and communities in trauma-informed care, and worked with the State of California to advance Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening and responses. Pip is originally from Ireland where he worked with Jigsaw, the National Center for Youth Mental Health, and founded Positive Consent, a youth sexual health and consent education non-profit.
Pip is a professionally accredited Youth & Community Worker with a BA in Social Science from NUI Maynooth and an MA in Youth Work with Community Arts & Health Education from University College Cork.
Why he likes working at NFYI: I am excited to be an amplifier for the voices of foster youth, and to work together with such amazing, passionate, and committed colleagues at NFYI to make a difference.
Passions/Hobbies/Aspirations: Pip is passionate about all things creative – everything from music to street art – and loves to incorporate creativity into community work to make it more engaging, impactful, accessible, and inclusive.
Fun personal fact: Pip plays the banjolele – a combination banjo and ukulele!