C2C is setting higher expectations in order to improve educational and life outcomes for the more than 300,000 young people living in Pima County, Arizona.
Amanda Brockman serves as Senior Director for The Cradle to Career Partnership, a collective impact initiative anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Amanda has 13 years of management experience in the non-profit sector, specifically with youth-serving organizations. Prior to her role with C2C, she directed United Way’s Youth Development Coalition working to build a network of high quality, supportive out-school time programs where she led the development and implementation of a county-wide quality improvement intervention system with more than 40 programs.
Before moving to Tucson she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa providing curriculum instruction and professional development for teachers at a school for students with special needs. Prior to her stint overseas, she coordinated therapeutic recreation programs at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed boys just outside of New York City where she learned firsthand what happens to children and youth when community and family systems breakdown.
In 2010, Amanda was named one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 by the Arizona Daily Star. She received a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Arizona.
Kassondra Silva serves as Data Director for C2C. In this role, she collaborates with key stakeholders and partners to use data to inform strategies that improve educational outcomes and facilitates data sharing across The Partnership. She also supports the work of C2C Change Networks providing technical assistance, data visualization, and analysis to assist with continuous improvement.
Kassondra is a Tucson native who is passionate about using data along with community voice to improve practices that ensure every child succeeds in school and life. Prior to joining the team, she was a Research Analyst for several research projects focusing on children’s socio-emotional development and academic achievement at Arizona State University. While in this position, she worked on research design, supervised data collection, and conducted data analysis.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.
Impact and Improvement Director
Peter Newbegin serves as Impact & Improvement Director for the Cradle to Career Partnership, managing collaborative action by coordinating, coaching, and providing technical assistance to Change Networks and site-based project teams. Prior to joining United Way, Peter worked in education operations, streamlining process to track student outcomes and facilities scheduling. Peter also worked for many years in refugee resettlement as an Economic Development Program Manager, helping newly resettled refugees gain economic self-sufficiency.
Peter is an avid baseball fan, Sci-Fi connoisseur, and enjoys woodworking. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Logistics from Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing and Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California.
Kindergarten Readiness Change Network Facilitator
Allison Titcomb, Associate Vice President for Community Development at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, serves as the facilitator for the Kindergarten Readiness Change Network known as First Focus on Kids. She provides leadership and management support for First Focus on Kids and oversees grant-supported programming in early childhood, regional coordination, and other community development work.
Prior to this role, Allison has been a consultant working with local programs, community-based organizations and non-profits, governments, foundations and coalitions in strategic planning and evaluation.
Allison completed her Bachelor's and PhD at the University of Arizona. Her graduate work in Educational Psychology included memory and decision-making across the lifespan and Evaluation Methods. She has certifications in Human Systems Dynamics, Cognitive Coaching, Mediation, Facilitation, and Strengths-based career assessments. She also teaches part-time for the University of Arizona in Leadership, Advocacy & Community Building and Evaluation Methods.
Opportunity Youth Strategic Consultant
Ashley Janicki serves as the Opportunity Youth Strategic Consultant for C2C. She is responsible for facilitating the work of Youth on the Rise, the change network focused on the re-engagement of youth not in school or work.
Before joining the C2C team, Ashley worked in behavioral health services where she partnered with community behavioral health providers to support young people transitioning out of the children’s behavioral health system to the adult behavioral health system. Prior to moving to Tucson, Ashley lived in Dayton, OH where she worked for Ohio State University Extension as a youth development professional supporting a non-traditional out-of-school time program for seven years. While in this position, she worked on program development, design, oversight, evaluation and training as well as supervision of youth and staff for a variety of programs.
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science in Extension Education from The Ohio State University.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Jasmine Jones serves as Youth Engagement Coordinator for the partnership. She facilitates the activities of the United Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), a group of young leaders who advise the partnership on strategies related to the re-engagement of opportunity youth. She also nurtures their leadership skills and builds capacity among the council members to run their own meetings, organize events, activities and advocacy work.
Before joining the C2C team, Jasmine served as leadership specialist and career readiness counselor for opportunity youth between the ages of 16-24. Jasmine’s passion for working with opportunity youth stems from her own personal experience of being a first-generation college student and the challenges she faced while learning to navigate and address childhood trauma.
Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Arizona and anticipates starting her Masters in 2020.
C2C Community Engagement Project Manager
Robert Clark serves as the Community Engagement Project Manager, where he works closely with the senior director and the C2C team to support the implementation of a communications plan. He also manages our social media presence through Facebook and Twitter. Robert ensures that all the collateral materials are C2C brand-compliant, compelling, effective and representative of the Cradle to Career Partnership's mission and vision.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health in 2016, he was accepted into the Doctor of Public Health Program to research and develop school-based interventions for early adolescents. Throughout his experience in education, he has worked with youth from kindergarten to post-secondary sectors. Robert aspires to affect positive change for all youth in Pima County.