The Center for Social Innovation (C4) announces the appointment of Kristen Paquette as our new CEO.

Ms. Paquette is an accomplished leader with over a decade of experience directing C4 programs, operations, and business development. Prior to serving as CEO, she held key positions at C4, including Chief Program Officer and Chief Operating Officer. As one of the founders of C4, Ms. Paquette has contributed directly to the company’s success as it grew from a staff of six to over 50 full-time employees.

“I am honored to continue my journey at C4 as the CEO,” said Kristen Paquette. “It is a privilege to work with the extraordinary teams and partners that carry out C4’s mission every day and to be of service in promoting recovery and healing, and preventing injustice and suffering. More than ever, we have our work cut out for us. I am grateful to be part of an organization with an unwavering commitment to improving lives.”

Ms. Paquette’s primary areas of expertise include substance use prevention and recovery supports for youth and adults. As Principal Investigator of a Conrad N. Hilton Foundation initiative to reduce substance use among adolescents, she directed development and testing of a young adult peer-delivered intervention using a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework. She also led development of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded mobile application to engage clients—along with their counselors—in early recovery from substance use disorders.

Ms. Paquette directs C4’s work to advance recovery housing. She led a statewide qualitative research project to identify and describe the state of recovery housing across communities in Ohio. She also helped develop the TICOMETER—the first validated instrument to measure trauma-informed care across human service and health care organizations.

As Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded Homelessness Resource Center, Ms. Paquette led workforce development initiatives using a cutting-edge, award-winning website that incorporated social networking, online learning, dynamic content, and an extensive digital library. Prior to joining C4, Ms. Paquette worked at The National Center on Family Homelessness and was an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat for Humanity in Georgia. Learn more about her work.

Ms. Paquette succeeds Jeffrey Olivet who will continue to be significantly involved with several C4 initiatives.

“C4 is in great hands with Kristen,” said Jeff Olivet. “Her leadership is steady, focused, and effective. Since the company’s earliest days, Kristen has been a driving force behind making C4 what it is in the world, and she’s the right person to lead it into the future.”

The Center for Social Innovation promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.