Lorna Palacio Morgan

Senior Program Quality Advisor, Special Initiatives

Lorna Palacio Morgan has worked in the fields of human services and education for more than 20 years. Recently at The Children’s Aid Society, she was appointed to the position of Senior Program Quality Advisor, tapping her significant expertise in strategic planning, program design and development, workforce development as well as her experience in building cost-effective, sustainable models for multi-site service delivery systems. Her portfolio includes work on the African American Male Initiative and staff development. 

Ms. Palacio Morgan joined The Children’s Aid Society in September of 2001 and since then has held several senior level positions that have included Chief of Operations, Director of City and Country Branches Division, and Consultant to the Division on Community Schools regarding program model development and implementation.

During her time at CAS, she was responsible for a budget of close to $20 million and oversaw a management team and staff of more than 300 full-time professionals. Her work has impacted the agency by establishing effective systems to continuously improve program quality, and create and enhance new program development. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments followed 9/11, when her vision for a new youth development program for adolescents became The Hope Leadership Academy, designed to help youth cope with the psychological effects of trauma. 

Prior to joining CAS, Ms. Palacio Morgan had previously held positions at several large, well-known education and human services organizations in New York. She worked at The After-School Corporation (TASC) where, as the Director of Training, Technical Assistance and Resource Development, she oversaw activities that impacted thousands of staff, employed by non-profit organizations operating TASC-supported after-school programs. Her training model is now being replicated around New York State by TASC and its partners. 

As the Director of School Mediation and Violence Prevention Services at Victim Services, she served as Principal Investigator on a national study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on effective strategies for reducing violence and ameliorating the effects of violence and victimization. She also developed and led an effective community coalition called East New York United For Safety, composed of parents, law enforcement, political leaders, school officials, researchers and local community agencies.

Her extensive experience paved the way for her participation as a study group member and implementation expert who contributed insights leading to the development of the CDC Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Source book for Community Action. With funding from The Annie Casey Foundation she was a contributor in the development of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America publication Community Connections: A Collaboration Workbook.  

In the aftermath of the shooting at Columbine high school and church-burning incidents in several Southern states, the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) engaged her to work with communities to develop violence reduction strategies, support their implementation of these activities and to help these communities take steps toward the process of healing. One of her models for school-based violence prevention/victim assistance was successfully replicated in several states including California, the US Virgin Islands, and Alaska.  

Previously Ms. Palacio Morgan worked as the Assistant Executive Director of Programs and Interim Executive Director at Grand Street Settlement; as the Director of Social Services and Director of Residential Treatment Services at Leake and Watts Children’s Home; and as a group worker and casework supervisor at Lutheran Community Services in the early 1970s.  Ms. Palacio Morgan holds a bachelors degree in Sociology from The City University’s Medgar Evers College and a Master’s of Social Work from Hunter College. Also, she holds a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia University and is certified by the University of Minnesota Medical School in Sexuality and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.