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Our Secretariat is based in the US and works to increase awareness and support of the Alliance's work and membership around the world. Our network of 2,800 members in 145 countries generates the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools, and political will and action to address key social service workforce challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Contact us to explore how the Alliance can support your next project. Please complete the online form and an email will be sent to our general staff email box.

Hugh SalmonHugh Salmon is the Director of the Alliance. He first qualified as a social worker in England in 1995, after which he worked in various roles in children’s services, for both local government and NGOs. In 2000, he began working internationally, training and advising social service staff and volunteers, as well as managers and policy makers, first in Eastern Europe, then in Central Asia, and more recently in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. From 2012 to 2018, he was a member of the leadership team that established Family for Every Child as a new global alliance of local civil society organizations, committed to reforming and improving children’s care worldwide. During this time, he helped grow the membership and strengthen the engagement of members in the overall network. He coordinated a range of multi-country, member-led projects of research, learning and practice exchange, and led the development of the RISE Learning Network on recovery and reintegration from child sexual exploitation. More recently, Hugh has worked as a consultant on initiatives to map, assess, develop and strengthen the social service workforce and family-based alternative care services in several countries. He has master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of London and in Civil Society Management from London South Bank University. He currently resides with his family in Kyrgyzstan. 

Amy Bess

Amy Bess, MSW, helped to launch the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and was the first Director of the organization. She recently transitioned to the role of Senior Advisor. She has 20+ years of program and management experience with international non-profit organizations and has worked in over 20 countries.  Amy has designed, managed, and evaluated emergency response and community development programs for vulnerable children and refugee populations in development and humanitarian contexts in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans, focusing on the psychosocial well-being and protection of children and youth. She has experience facilitating interagency collaboration, creating effective partnerships, synthesizing data and information and creating standards, guidelines and tools that integrate theory with practice-based lessons learned.  She has designed and implemented toolkits and processes for carrying out workforce assessments and supported national workforce strengthening strategic planning processes to better plan, develop and support the social service workforce. She has also acted as a caseworker and manager in US-based refugee resettlement programs. She has an MSW in community organization and administration from the University of Michigan. She is based in Washington, DC.

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown is the Communications & Advocacy Manager. For the last five years she has supported the work of the Alliance by leading development and implementation of the organization's strategic communications and advocacy plan. She has more than 15 years of experience in international communications, advocacy and program management at international non-profit organizations. She holds an MSc in Journalism from Roosevelt University. She is based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.