Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman
Since 1991, Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman has served as Executive Director of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), a private nonprofit agency committed to serving vulnerable children, youth, and families in the national capital area for nearly a century. Under Dr. Chapman’s leadership, the organization has grown from a facility housing 60 children to a comprehensive regional center serving homeless children and their parents, impoverished families, survivors of domestic violence, and abused and neglected children and adolescents who have been removed from their families. A nationally accredited organization, NCCF now propels more than 4,000 children, youth, and families every year into an improved quality of life, through a wide continuum of over 16 programs located throughout the National Capital Region.
A leading expert in child and family welfare, Dr. Chapman joined NCCF after serving as Associate Director, Clinical Services, Research, and Administration, Division of Child Protection, Children’s National Medical Center and as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Educated at Brown University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1971, and now serves as Trustee Emerita, Dr. Chapman obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1974 and later completed her Masters, and then Doctorate in Education, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at Harvard University in 1986. Additional training includes a non-profit executive certificate from the Stanford School of Business and a Yale Bush Fellowship.
Dr. Chapman publishes and presents nationally on a wide range of topics including juvenile justice, systems reform in child and family welfare, poverty and homelessness, childhood trauma, domestic violence, cultural competency, and ethics. She co-edited the special edition of the Child Welfare Journal, focused on African American families and children in the child welfare system, and spearheaded the first national African-American Child Welfare Summit held in St. Louis in 1995, resulting in the monograph, Children in Social Peril: A Community Vision for Preserving Family Care of African American Children and Youth. She served on the second Jerry M. Consent Decree Panel for the DC Superior Court, where her research led to programmatic redesign in the juvenile services system. In 2005, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), an association of more than 150,000 social workers, for her persistent child advocacy and transformation of a former orphanage. Brown University has recognized her with its prestigious John Hope Award for Public Service. In February 2013, Dr. Chapman was nationally recognized in Giant Food’s Profiles in Excellence: Dare to Dream publication, which celebrates 50 years of inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Included in her numerous awards and honors are: 2012 Woman of the Year, Zonta Club of Montgomery County, Maryland; “Women We Admire,” Bethesda Magazine; KFC’s 360° Pride Award at the Black Entertainment Television Honors Award Ceremony in Washington, DC (2008); the Rhoda Veney Award for Outstanding Child Welfare Administrator (2007 and 2004); the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award 2005, Dixon Implementation Monitoring Committee, Reform of District of Columbia’s Mental Health System (1998); Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Outstanding Contributions (1997); Who’s Who in America (1993); Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, National Association of Black Social Workers (1992); Alumni Award for Outstanding Services, Brown University (1991); President’s White House Fellowship, National Finalist (1982); Bush Foundation Fellowship at Yale University (1981-1982), Jeffery L. Pressman Fellowship, MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies (1981-1982); Internship, Office for Families, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Outstanding Young Woman in America Award (1980); and Regional Director’s Award for Outstanding Service, New York State Division for Youth (1979).
A past President of the District’s Consortium for Child Welfare (CCW), Dr. Chapman currently serves as President, Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY), Chair of the Montgomery County African American Advisory Group (AAAG) for the County Executive, Founding Board Member for the Congressional Social Work Policy Institute, and member of the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR). She is a Mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Community Schools Advisory Committee and a member of the Maryland Governor’s Committee on the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services. An Adjunct Associate Professor at the Howard University School of Social Work, she teaches child and family welfare to graduate students and is a member of Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; she also serves on the Board of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) which accredits all academic social work programs in the nation. A member of the Board of DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA), she is both a member of Leadership Montgomery Class of 1994 and Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of ’08. Dr. Chapman is both a biological and adoptive mother, as well as a grandmother, and lives with her husband and family in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.