James A. Stratford
James A. Stratford is a longstanding product of the Bronx and Phipps Neighborhoods as a former program participant, line staffer and Program Director from 1991-2007. He is a visionary, accomplished and dedicated professional with more than 15 years of deep experience and specialized expertise in the fields of youth and family services supervision, counseling, case management, and program leadership. James has dedicated several years of his life and early career to NYC as a civil servant in order to positively impact the very same underserved and at-risk communities where he was raised.
For 6 years he served numerous vulnerable children and families in the New York area in a challenging, case-heavy role, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect as an ACS Caseworker. James later devoted 2 years of service to the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) as a Program Manager where he provided oversight and managed the $4.2M annual budget to lead 10 of DYCD’s 94 Cornerstone programs, which delivered high-quality, year-round content for adults and young people at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers.
In 2015, his life and career brought him full circle when was recruited back to Phipps Neighborhoods as a key member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team. James returned to his community to spearhead the strategic implementation of the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) Community School Strategy as the Managing Director of Community Schools.
In his tenure, he has been methodical in cultivating and maintaining positive partnerships & relationships with Superintendents, Principals, School Leaders, Community School Directors and stakeholders across the 14 Programs within 6 Public School Campuses under his supervision. Thus enabling Phipps and their School Partnerships to continue to make lasting change in the lives of over 5,000 Students and families served daily.
James holds certifications in Non-Profit Management from Baruch College Marxe School of Public Affairs and High Performance Management from the Community Resource Exchange. He has been recently appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for FAN4Kids (Fitness and Nutrition for Kids). FAN4Kids is a non-profit organization that works with children, parents, schools, and local low-income communities, using a holistic and interactive approach to bring healthy living and wellness into schools and homes to combat childhood obesity.