Dr. Amy Sousa has committed her career to the health and safety of families. Dr. Sousa comes to The Guild for Human Services after five years as the Executive Director of Wediko Children’s Services, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston. In her role at Wediko, Dr. Sousa provided strategic and operational direction to residential and outpatient mental health services in three states, oversaw more than 210 FTEs, and managed finances in excess of $13 million annually.

Prior to joining Wediko, Dr. Sousa served as Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Interim Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Public Policy Manager for the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, Dr. Sousa has been a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency, and graduate fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Dr. Sousa’s research has been published in the professional journals Symbolic Interaction and Disabilities Studies Quarterly. She has been on the faculty of Boston College and University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Dr. Sousa’s advocacy has taken her throughout the United States and to destinations around the world, including Ghana, Togo, Benin and Morocco.

Dr. Sousa’s skills include solving structural problems for vulnerable organizations, creating operational efficiency, building collaborative leadership teams, as well as using quantitative and qualitative research strategies to evaluate and strengthen service models for mission-driven organizations.

A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Sousa received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Boston College as well as a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.