Carroll Schroeder

Carroll Schroeder is a consultant to nonprofit organizations on governance, structure and program design. He specializes in working with boards of directors, CEOs and leadership staff focused on creating transformational change in their organizations.

Mr. Schroeder re-enters consulting after serving for 18 years as Executive Director of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services from which he retired from in March 2019. The Alliance is a statewide association of over 140 accredited, private, non-profit organizations providing care, services and support to California’s most vulnerable children, youth and families.

During Mr. Schroeder’s tenure, the Alliance successfully sponsored AB 1453 (Soto), the Residentially-Based Services Reform initiative on which much of the federal Qualified Residential Treatment Program model is based, and successfully brought suit in federal court under the Child Welfare Act forcing the state of California to cover the costs of care and reasonable administration for children’s residential care programs. 

Immediately before joining the Alliance, Mr. Schroeder served from 1995-2001 as Executive Director of Stanford Home for Children – now, Stanford Youth Solutions – where he stabilized the agency’s finances, redesigned the residential treatment program, led a four-agency joint venture that established and operated Family Alliance, a permanency-focused foster family agency, expanded Stanford Home’s array of services to include mental health and vocational and job readiness services for foster youth, and brought all of the service offerings together through initiation of a program of wraparound services and support.

Mr. Schroeder has worked in the field of child and family services for over 45 years, beginning as a Children’s Protective Services worker in Baltimore in the early 1970s. He originally moved to California in 1973 to attend graduate school at the University of California, Davis and for two years worked on the children’s psychiatric unit of Sacramento’s Sutter Memorial Hospital, both in the classroom and as a staff of the partial hospitalization program. He settled in Davis and for eighteen years helped establish and build FamiliesFirst (now part of Uplift Family Services), a statewide child and family serving organization.

He has been honored by the California legislature, the Praed Foundation with its Founder’s Award, the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth with its Advocate of the Year award for his public policy work on issues related to children’s mental health, and with the John F. Steinfirst Community Award for lifetime service.  

Married with two grown children and two granddaughters, he continues to reside in Davis, California where he cooks, plays bocce on his backyard court, skis when there is snow in the Sierras and, is learning to golf