Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of The Children’s Village, The Institute’s Center for Child Welfare Research at the Children’s Village Institute, and the President of Harlem Dowling. The Children’s Village and Harlem Dowling provide a broad continuum of programs including evidence-based support for families, shelters for homeless youth and immigrant children, alternatives to incarceration, non-secure detention, adoption and foster care services, alternative schools, affordable housing, and specialized services for nearly 20,000 children and families annually. The Children’s Village is the Gold Award Winner of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards for overall Management Excellence and the 2015 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angle in Adoption.
Dr. Kohomban is a noted expert in child welfare and his leadership successes have been noted by The New York Times, NPR and other publications. Most recently, he testified before the United States Congress, Senate Finance Committee and elaborated on the need for finance reform that supports children, families and communities. In their story discussing the child welfare crisis in New York, City Limits magazine identified Dr. Kohomban as a leader with a “clear vision for the future.” In his book, From Pariahs to Partners, How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, author David Tobis describes him as “one of the most parent-focused, reform-minded, and effective administrators in the field of child welfare”. In 2013 Dr. Kohomban was honored by the Child Welfare League of America for Exemplary Innovative Service Resulting in Positive and Successful Outcomes for Children and in 2011 by the Alliance for Children and Families with the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field.
Dr. Kohomban serves and served on various boards including NYC’s Child Welfare Watch, Child Welfare Organizing Project, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Washington D.C. based American Youth Work Center which publishes the periodical Youth Today, Iraqi Children Foundation and Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel. He has earned a reputation as a leader who effectively blends human services with accountability and a pragmatic business sense. Dr. Kohomban is the author of a number of articles and a nationally recognized speaker on topics of organizational leadership, system reform, and family-focused service delivery.
Dr. Kohomban is a vocal advocate for juvenile justice and child welfare reform. He provided expert testimony to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force which, together with support from The Vera Institute of Justice, produced a blueprint for juvenile justice reform in New York State. He is a member of the Westchester County Department of Social Services’ Advisory Council, NYC’s Division for Youth and Family Justice Advisory Board, and co-chair of the New York State Strategic Plan Action Committee Local Continuum and Coordination Structure on Juvenile Justice. Dr. Kohomban received his undergraduate degree from Teacher’s College in Kansas, his Masters from Long Island University in New York and his Ph.D., from Regent University’s School for Business and Leadership in Virginia.