Professional Child Welfare Experience: Since 1990
Dr. Angela Pittman-Vanderweide brings 33 years of experience in progressively responsible executive leadership roles, including private, nonprofit, state, and local government. Through that lived experience, Angela has developed the ability to partner with others to enhance performance and meet organizational, fiscal, and client outcomes.
Angela has practiced child welfare consultation both nationally and internationally, with extensive experience in North Carolina and in 25 other jurisdictions across the United States, and has served as a national subject matter expert in leadership practices that improve trust and psychological safety; cultivating a healthy culture and climate; building, engaging, and retaining a resilient workforce; promoting equity, inclusion, and belonging; and training change agility and implementation science, resource capacity building, and organizational effectiveness. Additionally, Angela has implemented systemwide continuous quality improvement teams and strategies to identify trends, build on strengths, and improve fiscal, organizational, and client outcomes.
Angela has demonstrated success in building strong partnerships to address systemic needs related to foster care in multiple jurisdictions, focusing on implementing strategies to hone quality practice to engage youth, parents, resource families, the safety net of families, and the workforce, to improve system outcomes. Angela engages in collaborative capacity-building with partners who directly impact permanency outcomes, such as courts and behavioral health providers, resulting in innovative ideas for supporting timely permanence and placement stability.
Angela is committed to social justice and has demonstrated a commitment to cultural humility, diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in communication, workforce, and service delivery. Engaging people with lived experience to inform leadership practices, system improvements, and practice changes is foundational to Angela’s consulting. Angela’s own lived experience with becoming a guardian of a child in foster care has impacted her consulting, leadership, and training.
Additionally, Angela has over 20 years of university teaching and training experience, including in the classroom, synchronous, and asynchronous methodologies. Angela currently teaches in the University of Kentucky Doctorate of Social Work program.