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Staff/Team Members

Joe Waters, Executive Vice President

JoeWatersJoe Waters oversees and provides overall direction for strategic initiatives, public policy, and communications of the Institute for Child Success (ICS). In that capacity, he focuses on creatively building the Institute’s approach for achieving impact, and realizing its mission and goals. He also leads the Institute’s efforts in searching for new opportunities, catalyzing innovation, building leadership capacities, developing partnerships, and crafting and executing initiatives in support of all pillars (research, integration, and policy) of the Institute’s work.
Joe works with local, state, and federal elected government leaders and their staffs, corporate leaders, and other partners to ensure the success of every child in school, their lifelong health, and contribution to a prosperous society. Joe has led the Institute’s efforts in impact investing, including ICS’S exploration of the feasibility of using Social Impact Bonds to scale and sustain early childhood home visiting interventions.

Furthermore, Joe leads ICS’S efforts to reform South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness which has included the drafting of significant bi-partisan legislation to overhaul the work of that agency; work to successfully expand and improve the quality of publicly supported 4K in South Carolina; and efforts to expand evidence-based home visiting. He leads a substantial exploration – in partnership with design firm Ferebee Lane + Co. – of using design techniques to tackle complex, systems-level challenges in early childhood health and education.
A Greenville, South Carolina native Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Furman University and his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University.

Megan Golden, Senior Fellow and Director of Pay for Success Financing

MeganGoldenMegan Golden leads ICS’s technical assistance on Pay for Success (“PFS”) financing. She conducted ICS’s feasibility study on PFS financing for the Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina, served on the advisory group for McKinsey & Company’s work on “social impact bonds,” and has published extensively on PFS financing and performance measurement. She also serves as a Fellow at the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service’s Innovation Labs. From 1999-2011, Megan was the Director of Planning and Government Innovation at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she worked in partnership with government to implement innovations in criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, school safety, mental health, and eldercare. In addition to creating and launching eight innovative programs, she led a major reform of New Orleans’s criminal justice system and helped Chinese academics and officials pilot criminal justice reforms. In addition to her work at Vera, Megan directed the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service from 2006 – 2009. Megan practiced law from 1992-1994 as a Skadden Fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. In 1994, she was awarded a White House Fellowship. Megan began her career working for New York City government as an Urban Fellow. She has a BA in political science from Brown University and a JD magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law.

Mary C. Garvey, Associate Director of Pay for Success Financing

MaryGarveyMary Garvey joined ICS in March 2015 as Associate Director of Pay for Success Financing. She is a native New Yorker with a passion for building equitable systems, and fostering social justice through policy. Maryearned a Bachelor of Science degree, and a Certificate in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at Milano – The New School for Urban Policy in New York City. She has been a champion of educational equity in particular for the past 12 years.

Mary worked at College Summit for 4 years, and served for more than 2 years as a Public Policy Analyst at the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). At NHF, she helped guide state advocacy initiatives in 52 regions, tracked healthcare reform, and managed a national youth advocacy training program. In addition, Maryhas consulted for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Blanche Community Progress Day Care Center, and the NYC Hunger Free Communities Consortium. Having also served with organizations such as the NAACP (Georgetown University chapter), the DC Congressional Award Council, and AmeriCorps, her experience has included direct service, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Megan Carolan, Director for Policy Research

MeganCarolanMegan is the Associate Director for Policy Research at ICS. She helps direct ICS’S research on early childhood policy as well as support its technical assistance for Pay for Success jurisdictions. Megan was previously the Policy Research Coordinator at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, where she managed the State Preschool Yearbook, NIEER’s annual report on state-funded pre-K policy. She also provided technical assistance to states through NIEER’s Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, a federally-funded TA center focus on improving outcomes for children from Birth to age 8. Megan holds a Master of Public Policy, with a concentration in social policy, from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University. She graduated magna cum laude from Fairfield University in Connecticut, majoring in sociology and politics.

Bryan Boroughs, Director, Palmetto Initiatives and General Counsel
Bryan joined ICS as a policy associate in January 2014, and assumed his current role in May of 2014. He recently served for two years as an investigative counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Prior to that work, he helped start a national non-profit advocacy organization, Young Invincibles, focused on expanding economic opportunity and sound public policies for young adults. Before law school, Bryan worked for several youth-serving organizations including the MountainviewWhisman Elementary School District, the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County, and Mental Health America of Greenville County.

Born in Tennessee, Bryan attended Furman University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. He later obtained a Juris Doctor and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. He currently serves on the board of Increasing HOPE, a Community Development Center in Charleston.

Christina Vazquez, Grants Administrator

ChristinaVazquezChristina Vazquez joined ICS as the Grants Administrator in November 2014. She previously worked for Dignity Health as the Contracts Manager for the Hope Street Family Center in Los Angeles, California and as a System Administrator for Dignity Health’s Corporate office in Pasadena, California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia.




Anastaisa Martsinovskyi, Program Assistant

headshotAnastaisa joined ICS as a Program Assistant in October 2016.  She previously worked for the Depository Trust and Clearing Company as a Risk Analyst . Prior to that work, she worked alongside the founders of Groundwork Inc to bring tech into inner city Brooklyn classrooms. She is a graduating senior at New York University Stern School of Business where she is a Martin Luther King and Stern Impact Scholar.