Jacquelyn Boggess, Executive Director
Jacquelyn L. Boggess, J.D., has worked with the Center since its inception in 1995. Her work as a policy analyst involves the investigation of the welfare system, the family law courts, and the child support system. Her particular interest lies in the interrelations among these systems, and how the social welfare policy and practice that result from this relationship affect low-income fathers, mothers, and children. Additionally, Ms. Boggess has concentrated on the question of the impact of government initiated “family formation” and father involvement policy on the safety and well-being of women and children. Ms. Boggess has a particular interest in the impact of non-resident father involvement on mothers and children. Her work in this regard has resulted in connections and collaborations with domestic violence organizations and progressive advocacy groups working on poverty reduction, violence prevention, and economic justice for parents and children. Ms. Boggess is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
Nino Rodriguez, Senior Policy Associate
Nino Rodriguez is responsible for developing relationships with local social-service programs and policy advocates to strengthen the Center’s position as a national bridge between policy and practice. In particular, his work focuses on comprehensive services for low-income parents of color in the context of child support enforcement and other social welfare policies. Mr. Rodriguez previously provided technical assistance, research, and analysis for re-entry programs at the Vera Institute of Justice; advocated for family-focused services for people on parole at Family Justice in New York; and published and presented on homelessness prevention for people leaving prison. As a volunteer, he co-facilitates youth peer court programs for Briarpatch Youth Services in Madison. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, he was a producer and project manager in the computer game industry. Mr. Rodriguez has taken trainings in motivational interviewing and restorative justice facilitation techniques. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Susan Stanton, Policy Associate
Susan Stanton’s work at the Center focuses on several areas of public policy, including social welfare programs, employment, and financial services, as they impact parents of color struggling to achieve economic security for themselves and their children. Her work supports CFFPP’s projects funded by the Kellogg and Ford Foundations. Sue’s experiences in PK-16 settings as a student, teacher, academic advisor, researcher, administrator and mom inspire and sustain her passionate drive to understand the ways in which policies structure society and impact people’s lives, oftentimes inequitably and unjustly and not in line with stated purposes and objectives. Sue’s interest and curiosity developed early, as a kindergartener watching her new African American friends travelling to and from school every day on a bus while she and the other white students walked a few blocks each way. Her role as community engaged scholar has created additional opportunities for her to span the boundaries that often divide, especially race and class. Living most of her life in Wisconsin, she is a proud graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and went on to earn a BS in Secondary Education Social Studies and a master’s in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison. With the support of many, she looks forward to completing the trifecta with a PhD from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Jessica Strong, Policy Associate
Jessica studied journalism and African-American and African studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After graduating, she returned to Madison with a commitment to work toward racial and social justice, both professionally and personally, and joined several community organizations committed to that work. Jessica has interned and worked respectively at the Applied Research Center and Center for American Progress. At both organizations, she used her research and writing to empower and mobilize communities of color. This work also furthered Jessica’s commitment in advocating for socio-economic and political systemic change. She also works at YWCA Madison in the Racial Justice department and prior to joining the Center, worked in a Congressional office.
David Pate, Founder and Operations Manager
David Pate founded the Center in 1995 and currently serves as the agency’s Operations Manager. Dr. Pate has worked in the field of social work for over twenty-five years. He has experience as a practitioner, administrator, and public policy advocate in the areas of low-income adolescents and adult males, fathers, and families. He has made numerous presentations and written articles on the issues that relate to the provision of service to minority males and the effects of social welfare policy on their day-to-day existence. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. He holds a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a W.K. Kellogg fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship program.