Claudia Kearney is the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives with North Carolina State University’s Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE). She began her partnership with the center in 2008, and then fully joined the center staff team as a trainer in 2009. Upon joining the center her work experiences were inclusive of domestic violence advocacy and counseling, family group decision making and child and family team facilitation, family court mediation, family leadership program coordination, and curriculum development and delivery. She had also been serving as a trainer and consultant with the Department of Health and Human Services (DSS Division) and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Throughout her career she has been involved in works which support meaningful engagements and partnerships between children, family, community and professionals. Her passion to create and nurture healthy and productive families and communities through advocacy, policy, and practice implementation has been an important part of her focus and drive at the Center. For over 20 years she has been an influence and agent of change within human services and other children and family serving systems.
Ms. Kearney’s drive and passion also extends to her work and engagement as an NC State University staff member. In 2014, Ms. Kearney was one of only five employees to receive the University Award for Excellence in recognition for the many contributions she has made to advancing the work of the center and demonstrating NCSU’s commitment to service. In 2018 She completed the NC State (NCBI) National Coalition Building Institute, and graduated from NC State’s Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) in 2019. She is connected and actively engages with the work and mission of both. She currently serves as a CHASS college Staff Senate District 16 representative for the 2022-2024 term.
Key areas of Expertise and Experience:
- Family, children, youth advocacy
- Domestic Violence
- Cultural Safety
- Restorative Justice
- Military Culture
- Training Delivery
- Training Curricula development, implementation
- Technical Assistance Support and Program Consultation
- Local, National and International presenter; keynote speaker
Ms. Kearney’s future goals include advancing the center’s mission further through seeking opportunities to increase the center’s partnership and presence within the university, supporting engagement with diverse populations and communities, and continue to promote organizational excellence at all levels of center operations.