When communities want help in carrying out Ready by 21®, they call Larry. Larry is a connector of ideas, leaders and places: He provides support to communities and states interested in bringing the Ready by 21 strategies, solutions and standards into their local work. Through strategic coaching, technical assistance and tools he guides leader groups to understand the “nuts and bolts” of collective impact and other important systems-level work. He listens first before advising local leaders and helping them target their actions with examples from communities large and small, bringing a big picture perspective to the work.
Larry joined the Forum in October 2008, having retired after many years at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, where he as bureau director supported strategic planning and applied research for the agency. Much of his work revolved around coordination and collaboration of government and community youth work – such as rolling out New York’s Integrated County Planning Project and the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative – and on developing quality assurance and evaluations of evidence-based programs, with an emphasis in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Larry has helped other state agencies coordinate the use of evidence-based programs and build infrastructure to support those programs, and has worked closely with such national organizations as Search Institute, RAND and Child Trends.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Plattsburgh State University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Albany State University, both in New York. His early job as a Probation Officer has influenced his focus on families throughout his career. A prime pastime is being a doting grandfather to two granddaughters ages four and six.