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Kristen Paquette, M.P.H.

Kristen Paquette, CEO at the Center for Social Innovation (C4), 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.

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 for 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. She has volunteer experience supporting parents and children in family shelters in Massachusetts. Ms. Paquette received a M.P.H. from University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.

Samples of Kristen’s Work