press release


For Immediate Release
November 10, 2010






Matthew Madaus, LCSW, to catapult San Francisco non-profit into 160th year with

over twenty years social services leadership


November 10, 2010, San Francisco, CA: Effective November 16, Matthew Madaus, LCSW, will operate as chief executive officer of Edgewood Center for Children and Families (Edgewood), the oldest children’s charity in the western United States celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2011. In his new role as CEO, Matt will lead the staff of more than 400 direct services and mental health professionals in their work to provide quality care to the more than 5,000 children and families in the nine Bay Area counties that Edgewood currently serves. Matt will oversee all of Edgewood and its services including its residential treatment facility, other intensive services, and school-based programs in San Francisco as well as its community-based programs in San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Matt will also be responsible for raising the visibility of Edgewood in the community and increasing donor support. Interim CEO Jeff Davis will remain at Edgewood in a supportive role through December 2010.

“The board conducted an exhaustive national search looking for the best candidate to lead Edgewood into its 160th year and beyond,” says Edgewood board chairman Paul B. Holm, Jr. “After evaluating countless resumes and interviewing over a dozen candidates from all over the country, Matt rose to the top of the list. Throughout his career, Matt has demonstrated strong leadership and management skills, spearheaded improvements in program performance, and championed innovative approaches to meet client needs. He has proven to possess an inspirational and unwavering commitment to assisting vulnerable children and families which directly aligns with Edgewood’s core values and mission.” 

Matt has served as Edgewood Chief of Programs and Strategy since July of this year. During his short tenure he has contributed greatly to the strategic vision of the agency. He has also embarked on many ambitious initiatives including the preparation for the launch in January 2011 of the Family Connections Program, a state-wide demonstration project to reform residentially-based services.

Prior to Edgewood, Matt was the Executive Director of two Northern California regions of Victor Community Support Services, Inc. During his tenure, Matt was a driving force behind Victor’s substantial growth quadrupling operating revenue, tripling staff, and increasing clients by almost four-fold. Matt was the chair of Victor’s training work group directing training and conferences for over 1000 staff members.

Prior to working at Victor, Matt gained experience working in all areas of Edgewood’s core competencies including education, behavioral health and family support services. Matt has worked in residential treatment, school-based and community-based mental health services in both California and Massachusetts. Matt was selected to be a member of the Workforce Education and Training Committee of the California’s state-wide Oversight and Accountability Commission responsible for managing the distribution of tens of millions of dollars in mental health workforce development funds.

A licensed clinical social worker, Mr. Madaus received his Master of Social Work with a concentration in clinical and mental health from San Diego State University. Mr. Madaus completed a post-graduate program in intensive family systems therapy from Family Institute of Cambridge.

”My greatest passion is helping families to support their children which is at the core of Edgewood’s mission. It couldn’t be a better fit,“ says Matt. “I look forward to working with the entire Edgewood community.”

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