SOURCE: Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs

October 20, 2016 11:30 ET

Casey Excellence for Children Awards recognize outstanding business leaders for improving the lives of vulnerable children and families

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - October 20, 2016) - Casey Family Programs is pleased to announce two winners of the national Casey Excellence for Children Awards today -- one leadership award and one alumnus of foster care award.

These awards recognize outstanding individuals and leaders in child welfare who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. Casey Family Programs, headquartered in Seattle, is the nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for vulnerable children and families across America.

"We are honored to recognize these individuals for their deep dedication to making life better for vulnerable children and families," said David C. Mills, chair of the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs. "They demonstrate the important role of business and the private sector in working together with the public, nonprofit, philanthropy and community sectors to improve the long-term safety and success of children and their families."

The winners of the October 2016 Casey Excellence for Children Awards are:

Leadership Award
Dana M. Emery
CEO, President and Director of Fixed Income, Dodge & Cox
San Francisco, Calif.

Dana M. Emery is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Fixed Income for Dodge & Cox, a San Francisco-based investment firm with more than $270 billion in assets under management. In addition to sitting on the firm's investment and business strategy committees, she serves on Dodge & Cox's Charitable Giving Committee, which is focused on improving educational opportunities for low-income youth. Ms. Emery serves on the national board of directors of Summer Search, a mentoring program that provides long-term coaching and relationships for low-income youth in five cities: San Francisco and the Bay Area, Seattle, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The program helps connect high school sophomores and juniors with two summer experiences that expand their horizons and build their confidence. In addition to her volunteer board duties, Ms. Emery and her family mentor three teens through another Bay Area organization, Today's Youth Matter, sponsoring them in private schools, supplementing their education through tutoring and providing family support such as internet access.

You can view a video about Emery here.

Alumni Award
Jerod Pierce
Founder and Managing Partner, Olympic Holdings
Seattle, Wash.

An alumnus of foster care, Jerod Pierce overcame difficult family circumstances, including his mother's addiction and incarceration and multiple moves, to become a successful student. After being served by Casey Family Programs in Montana and Washington, he graduated cum laude from Seattle University with degrees in business administration and finance, and he completed an internship with investment firm D.A. Davidson, where he was subsequently hired. After working in a number of investment and private equity firms, Mr. Pierce attended Harvard Business School. He recently became founder and managing partner of Olympic Holdings, a Seattle-based holding company that invests in manufacturing businesses. Additionally, Mr. Pierce has encouraged other disadvantaged youth as a speaker with the Year Up program, which provides intensive career training and development to low-income youth.

You can view a video about Pierce here.

Casey Family Programs is the nation's largest operating foundation focused solely on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for vulnerable children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and well-being of children, families and the communities where they live. For more information visit:

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