In addition to serving as a Director for the BUILD initiative, Dr. Killins Stewart works an independent consultant. Her consulting clients have included BUILD, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, New Haven Public School System, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Pearson Publishing.
At the BUILD Initiative, Dr. Killins Stewart works directly with state leaders to advance early childhood systems efforts in health, early learning, and family support. She leads work to define and create intentional practices regarding equity in early childhood systems, policy, and leadership within the work of the BUILD Initiative. Her equity work includes co-leading a network of early childhood leaders to advance racial equity. Dr. Killins Stewart has worked at multiple levels and in a variety of states and/or communities to create targeted action to benefit young children and their families, including Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New Haven, Connecticut, and Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Killins Stewart was the former Commissioner of Early Education and Care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Vice President of Human Development and Operations at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and CEO of Empower New Haven.
Dr. Killins Stewart is known for crossing organizational boundaries to create a child development lens on the work of informal organizations as well as within state agencies, including public health and housing.
Throughout her career, Dr. Killins Stewart has been committed to supporting families, both children and adults, through the use of workforce, housing, health, and education strategies. Her efforts seek to increase access for families and communities to high-quality formal and informal opportunities in health, early learning, and family wellbeing.
Dr. Killins Stewart holds a nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota.