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Families First Parenting Names Elizabeth Cohen as Its New ED

Elizabeth Cohen
February 2, 2012 — Families First Parenting Programs, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides parenting education services in eastern Massachusetts, recently announced the appointment of Elizabeth Cohen as its executive director, taking over from Crista Martinez Padua, who led the organization for the past eight years.

Cohen assumed her new role at Families First Parenting Programs on Jan. 17.

“We are delighted to welcome Liz Cohen,” said Leslie Zients Pucker, Chair of Families First’s Board of Directors. “Liz’s extensive experience in curriculum design, program and grants management, community partnership building, and organizational management, in combination with her passion for Families First’s mission, make her a terrific choice as leader.

“Her skill set is a very good fit for Families First. We look forward to Liz’s leadership. We’re confident that she will be the catalyst for a period of growth and expanded impact.”

Said Cohen, “I am thrilled to join the Families First team. I look forward to working with such a dedicated group of professionals to further Families First’s mission of building positive relationships between parents and their children.”

Cohen has more than 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including her tenure as executive director of Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell. Most recently, she managed training programs at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Her previous work also includes directing health initiatives for the WGBH Education Foundation.

Throughout her career, Cohen has given presentations at national and statewide conferences. These experiences will serve her well as she seeks to raise Families First’s profile, deepen its impact, and maintain the kind of proactive and supportive board that Families First has been known for during its 24-year history.

Cohen graduated from Tufts University, with a BA in clinical psychology and child development. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Families First provides parenting education workshops to low-income parents throughout eastern Massachusetts and to the professionals who serve them. In partnership with more than 100 community and human services organizations, Families First teaches parenting techniques known to improve family relationships and provide positive outcomes for children. Last year, the organization reached 4,165 parents and family-serving professionals. Its offices are in Cambridge.

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