Staff

In order to better meet the changing needs of the adoption and foster care community, DAI is currently transitioning to an innovative new leadership structure. We invite you to return in the weeks ahead to meet new staff, Board members and more.

April Dinwoodie

Chief Executive

(212) 925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

April Dinwoodie is a nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. As Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is committed to improving laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy. She is also a co-founder and Vice President of the Board of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive nonprofit that helps drive innovation in the child welfare system.

Before joining DAI, April created a specialized mentoring program called “Adoptment,” in which adults who were adopted and/or spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth in care. As a trans-racially adopted person, April shares her experiences at workshops and conferences to help potential adoptive parents and professionals understand both the beauty and complexity of adopting children of another race.

Before she entered the non-profit world, April served as a senior level executive within the marketing and communications departments of some of the most recognized fashion retail companies including: Nine West Group Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., Nautica Enterprises and J. C. Penney Company Inc., where as Divisional Vice President, she was instrumental in driving transformational change via brand engagement and publicity. Most recently, April served at the Director of External Media at JetBlue Airways, where she managed proactive and reactive communications.

On the agency side, April has worked with Fleishman-Hillard and Ruder Finn on campaigns supporting powerhouse brands such as Gerber, Subway and Cingular Wireless (AT&T). While at Ruder Finn, April championed a web-based teen anti-violence campaign (“Love is Respect”) for The Texas Council on Family Violence. The campaign helped to increase engagement and web traffic by 83% and garnered a WEBBY award for Activism in 2007.

William Boltz, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

(212)-925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

William Boltz, Ph.D. has held leadership positions in national and international nonprofit organizations seeking to advance civil society, human rights and public health, including Healing the Divide/The Gere Foundation Religions for Peace and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boltz has taught at the University of Chicago. As a professional development consultant, he has raised funds for the New York University School of Law, Humboldt State University and Santa Clara University.  He is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago.

Georgia Deoudes

Senior Policy and Advocacy Consultant

Georgia has worked on policy, advocacy and communications projects for DAI over the course of 13 years.  Currently, she is leading DAI’s post-adoption services advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.  She has directed human service and social justice program and policy initiatives for organizations such as United Way of America and the Institute for Children and Poverty, since obtaining a JD at Georgetown University Law Center in 1998.  She graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kadijha Bagby

Special Projects Assistant

(510) 601-1410

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

Kadijha began working as a production assistant at DAI part time in August 2014 and has since discovered a passion for social issues and the adoption field in particular.

Kadijha volunteers at GiGi’s Playhouse teaching literacy to children with Down’s Syndrome.  In her free time she does community rehabilitation work with persons with disabilities.

Kim Paglino

Senior Program Consultant

Adam Pertman

Executive Director Emeritus

(617) 332-8944

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

Adam Pertman is President of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Pertman – a former Pulitzer-nominated journalist – is also Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly, the premier research journal dealing with adoption and foster care. He is the author/editor of two newly published books, Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America (which has been reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject”) and Adoption by Lesbian and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity, and has written many other chapters and articles on adoption- and family-related issues in books, scholarly journals and mass-market publications. Pertman has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations in this country and internationally for organizations including the Child Welfare League of America, the American Adoption Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, the National Association of Child Advocates, and numerous professionals including judges, social workers, psychiatrists, educators and journalists – as well as pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, birthparents and adopted persons. Pertman’s commentaries on families and children have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald and on National Public Radio, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News, among others. Articles about him, his book and the Adoption Institute have appeared in numerous publications nationwide, including theNew York Times and People. As a leading expert on adoption and family issues, he is widely quoted in the media and has been a guest on many programs, including “Oprah,” “Today,” “The View” and “Nightline.” Pertman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his writing about adoption in The Boston Globe. His other honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Adoption Council, an Angel in Adoption award from the U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute; the Special Friend of Children Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law’s first award for “the nation’s greatest contributor to public understanding about adoption and permanency placement issues;” the Friend of Children Award from the ODS Adoption Community of New England; a Family Builder Award from the American Fertility Assn., the Century Foundation’s prestigious Leonard Silk Journalism Award; the President’s Award from the African American Cultural Council of Virginia; the Year 2000 Journalism Award from Holt International Children’s Services; and the American Adoption Congress’ first award for the journalist who most informed the nation on adoption issues and “for his eloquent witnessing of contemporary adoption.” Before embarking on his current career, Pertman was a senior journalist with The Boston Globe for more than two decades. His positions included Foreign Editor, Washington News Editor, Diplomatic Correspondent, National Political Correspondent, Family and Children’s Issues Reporter, and restaurant reviewer. His assignments included the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Philippine revolution, the Gulf War, the Mideast peace process, the O.J. Simpson trials, and several presidential elections. He is a member of the Council on Contemporary Families, the Editorial Advisory Board of Adoptive Families magazine, the National Adoption Advisory Committee of the Child Welfare League of America, and the Advisory Board of Orphans International Worldwide. He and his wife, Judy Baumwoll, live in Massachusetts with their two children: Zachary, 18, and Emilia, 15.