Women’s History Month Spotlight | Carmen Jirau-Rivera

March is Women’s History Month, and here at The Foundling we would like to take this opportunity to honor respected women that are dear to our organization. These women receive a spotlight and tribute this month because of their ongoing dedication towards children and families in need. Their contribution to our community is endless, and at The Foundling, we appreciate all that they have accomplished on behalf of our mission.


Today we’re telling the story of one of The Foundling’s most dedicated and longstanding employees: Chief Program Officer Carmen Jirau-Rivera.


Born and raised in the Bronx, where she continues to live today, Carmen is a true New Yorker with deep ties to the local community and an unwavering commitment to its residents. She has been working with The Foundling to improve the lives of vulnerable families for a total of 40 years.


Carmen started out as a caseworker for foster children in 1975, and quickly moved up through the ranks due to her capable spirit and dedication to bringing aid to even the most difficult circumstances.


Today, she oversees a staff of 1,500 as our Chief Program Officer. Carmen’s long standing relationships with child welfare agencies across New York City, including the Administration for Children’s Services, has made her an invaluable asset to The Foundling, advancing the agency’s connection with the larger New York City community. This Women’s History Month, we’d like to thank Carmen for changing the history of our city for the better.


“My priorities for The Foundling are 1.) Remain responsive to our constituents in need, 2.) Developing the most professional and responsive workforce that provides a positive work environment, and 3.) Engage our communities to facilitate greater access and opportunities for our clients.”

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